Astro Travellers Win Big Thanks To Hilltop Hoods and APRA/AMCOS

Brisbane jazz hop seven piece Astro Travellers have had a huge past few months. Not only have they picked up a Queensland Music Award for their song Move Actively, and recently opened the prestigious Gumball festival in the Hunter Valley, they’ve just picked up a cool $10K thanks to the Hilltop Hoods initiative in conjunction with APRA/AMCOS.

After years of tirelessly plugging away at the Brisbane local scene and beyond, the Astro crew are a bright star in a sleepy city, and – thanks to their fearless ambition and sheer raw talent – that star is getting bigger and brighter, and they are finally getting the recognition they so deserve. Putting this $10,000 to good use, the band are now set to master, manufacture and promote their debut album. Their prize also includes legal advice from Media Arts Lawyers and a Love Police ATM merchandise start-up kit for all those fans, new and old to get in on the Astro love.

The band’s keyboard wizard Rohan Seekers said to APRA of the prize that the band was “stoked” to have won, as “it means a lot for Astro Travellers to be recognised by those who have done so much for hip hop in this country,” referring to the panel of esteemed judges such as triple J‘s Hau, graffiti artist/promoter Nish, manager/booker/promoter Ran-Dee, Victorian artist Raph and Queensland artist, Tom Thum.

Seekers went onto say, “Receiving this prize will only motivate us to work harder to make the music the best it can be. Funding from the Initiative will make our vision for our next release a reality, and I think it will still feel surreal when we’re holding the wax in our hands.”

Having been a long term fan of these guys from seeing them in a friend’s basement back in 2013, I couldn’t be happier to see this band take out such a beneficial prize. Jump on the Astro train while there are a few seats left, these guys are gonna be BIG!

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