The Potbelleez’ back catalogue reads like a checklist of anthems for a generation of Australian clubbers and festival goers: Hello, From The Music, Shake It, and Don’t Hold Back. The trio’s 2013 & 2014 releases showed the group exploring what Goode calls “a bigger international sound”. “It’s still big, melodic dance anthems,” says frontman Ilan Kidron – a perfect description for the laser-kissed synth riffs of the APRA-nominated Saved In The Bottle, an EDM bomb that the group crafted with Erik Lewander from Swedish production team The Kennel while travelling across Europe.
The drum’n’bass stylings of single Magic Number launched The Potbelleez into brand new territory. US hip hop legend B.o.B got wind of the demo they cut with Parisian producers Trak Invaders and called the group immediately – from his G4, no less – to get involved, eventually laying down what Kidron calls “one of the best raps I’ve ever heard”.
The trio also logged studio time with Australian guns Kaz James and Bombs Away in 2013, and they’re not the only tracks still to surface. Their quest for a deeper sonic adventure in Europe in 2012 also produced studio concoctions with Norway’s Dsign Music and London collective Agent X. Stay tuned...
It’s already been a big adventure from the band’s beginnings, when Goode and Sonic paid their dues in Sydney clubland with up to five DJ sets a weekend as they made their name between 2002 and 2007, including their legendary residency at Kings Cross hotspot Moulin Rouge. Their debut In The Junkyard EP dropped on Vicious in early 2007, and later that year, with Kidron on the mic, a little anthem called Don’t Hold Back took hold of festival dancefloors Australia and eventually the ARIA Singles Charts, peaking at #5. That double platinum seller was the first taste of their 2008 self-titled debut album, which they followed up with Destination Now in May 2011, preceded by platinum-selling single Hello.
Their list of live performance credits speaks for itself – headline tours across Australia; festival slots for Stereosonic and Future Music Festival (among many more); and showcase sets at the Australian Grand Prix, NRL Footy Show finale, A-League Football Grand Final, an Australian Idol finale on the Sydney Opera House steps, and the Galaxy vs Jets game starring David Beckham in Newcastle. Ibiza also came calling in August 2011, with the band performing at Amnesia Nightclub for MTV UK at the I Want My MTV Ibiza shows alongside Snoop Dogg, Mark Ronson and Robyn.