Sneaky Sound System is a Sydney-based Australian dance group consisting of Black Angus (Angus McDonald) (chief songwriter and producer), MC Double D (Daimon Downey), Connie Mitchell (vocals), Peter Dolso (guitar), Jono Sloan (bass), and Felix Bloxsom (Drums).
At the 2007 ARIA Music Awards held on 28 October 2007, in addition to being invited to perform at the ceremony, Sneaky Sound System won the Best Dance Release and Breakthrough Artist awards.
Angus grew up in Brisbane and the rest of the Sneaky Sound System Band is from Sydney where the band is based.
In 2004, Black Angus and MC Double D decided to start their own record label, Whack Recordings. After hooking up with recording engineer/producer Peter Dolso, the band set up a studio in Bondi Beach called "The House of Whack", and set about making its own music. Sneaky Sound System's first release was "Hip Hip Hooray", which quickly gained support from local DJs and radio stations alike, becoming a cult hit.
The first single "I Love It" appeared on the charts, peaking at #5 on the Australian Dance Chart and later entered the Australian Top 50 Singles and Digital Download charts. The follow-up single "Pictures" peaked at #19 on the ARIA Singles Chart and the "Tonite Only" remix at #1 on the ARIA Club Chart. Sneaky Sound System's biggest hit to date, "UFO", peaked at #11 on the ARIA Singles Chart.
The album peaked at #5 and has currently achieved platinum sales status in Australia and has recently sold over 200,000 units.
In late 2005, the band performed as a supporting act for Jamiroquai, and in late 2006 performed as the support act for Robbie Williams during his Close Encounters Tour of Australia, often playing to crowds of over 60,000. The band also performed as the support act to the Scissor Sisters' 2007 Australian Tour.
"I Love It" broke the record as the longest ever (70 weeks) charting single in the History of the Australian ARIA charts.
"Pictures" came second in the Dance/Electronica category of the recent International Songwriting Competition
In 2007 Sneaky Sound System was nominated for six ARIA Music Awards, the most of any Australian artist that year, matching the record for the most nominations for an independent artist, and won in the categories of Best Dance Release and Breakthrough Artist with its self-titled album.
The band was also nominated in the Fav Band category at the Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2007.
In 2007, the band toured Australia and also performed in New Zealand, the UK and Spain. In March 2007, Sydney's Daily Telegraph newspaper reported "independent Sydney pop phenomenon Sneaky Sound System are becoming one of the most sought after acts in the world".
In 2007 Several of the band's songs, including "Pictures" were featured on the popular online series Kate Modern
The song was also been added to London’s Capital Radio, Kiss, XFM and the MTV network. The band then went on to play the Glastonbury Festival in the UK and the Oxegen Festival in Ireland.
Sneaky Sound System performed in the Glastonbury Festival on the Dance West stage on the 27th of June 2008.
In September/October 2008 Sneaky Sound Sytem were the support act for Sam Sparro's UK tour across Glasgow, Sheffield, Wolverhampton, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Bristol, Norwich, Brighton and London.
During the time they were on Tour with Sparro they began featuring on TV programs for Adverts, Backing Tracks and Music Channels.
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|Other Peoples Music|
|Year||Title||Album||Australian Chart position (ARIA)||UK Chart position|
|2006||"I Love It"||Sneaky Sound System||#24|
|"When We Were Young"||-|
|2004||"Hip Hip Hooray"||Hip Hip Hooray|
|2006||"I Love It"||Sneaky Sound System|
|MTV Australia Video Music Awards 2007||Best Dance Video - Pictures||Themselves||Nominated|
|ARIA Awards 2007||Album of the Year - Sneaky Sound System||Themselves||Nominated|
|ARIA Awards 2007||Best Dance Release - Sneaky Sound System||Themselves||Won|
|ARIA Awards 2007||Best Group||Themselves||Nominated|
|ARIA Awards 2007||Best Independent Release||Themselves||Nominated|
|ARIA Awards 2007||Breakthrough Artist - Album - Sneaky Sound System||Themselves||Won|
|ARIA Awards 2007||Singles of the Year - UFO||Themselves||Nominated|
|ARIA Artisan Awards 2007||Best Video - Pictures||Themselves||Nominated|
|Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2007||Fave Band||Themselves||Nominated|
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