Urthboy is a hip hop artist and manager of Elefant Traks in Australia.
Beginning in the late 90s, his first group Explanetary folded after one EP In On The Deal (2001). Urthboy’s first solo album Distant Sense of Random Menace was released in 2004, but it was 2007’s The Signal that kicked things up a notch.
The first single We Get Around cracked the top 25 in triple j’s Hottest 100 while The Signal was hailed as “a classic” by Rolling Stone. It received two AIR Award nominations; a J Award nomination (Triple J’s Album of the Year award); and it was shortlisted in the prestigious Australian Music Prize (Best Album 2007).
Significantly, the album was licensed to Motivo Records (among a select few hip hop records from Australia ever licensed overseas) and released late 2007.
In addition to solo material, Urthboy is one of the main songwriters in The Herd, whose four albums The Herd (2001); An Elefant Never Forgets (2003); The Sun Never Sets (2005/06); and Summerland (2008) have seen them build a huge fanbase in Australia. They’ve sold out national tours, including major metropolitan theatres through to regional venues whilst accepting invitations to every major festival in the country. During this time they’ve won two AIR Awards; a top ten ARIA chart album; ARIA award nomination (Best Urban 2008) and a J Award.
Celebrating the government’s apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008, Urthboy worked with Getup to re-imagine the song From Little Things Big Things Grow, at Paul Kelly’s personal request.
The song helped raise over $100,000 for Indigenous run health and education programs. In 2009 Urthboy released his third solo album, Spitshine, dropped to great acclaim (read below) and two hugely successful tours (2009 and 2010) playing to over 20,000 people. Urthboy was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize (one of the only artists ever nominated twice), won Best Urban Album at the Independent Music Awards and received an ARIA nomination. In 2010 Urthboy embarked on his first European tour, playing some of the biggest hip hop festivals in the world (Splash, Germany and Open-Air Festival, Switzerland) as well as clubs shows in Germany, Denmark and England. Adding to that were shows in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.
Urthboy is label manager of Elefant Traks, a music business with four employees; a stable of ten artists; 60 releases (and counting) and numerous national and international tours. His roles include A & R, artist management, tour co-ordinator and getting the job done.