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Sneaky ready to party
Australian pop-dance duo Sneaky Sound System are ready to blow the roof off the Hordern with their signature house beats, and some stunning vocals.
Last year Sneaky Sound System headed to Ibiza to escape the Australian winter and returned with their new album From Here To Anywhere.
Connie Mitchell chatted to the Star Observer about their appearance at the Sydney Mardi Gras Party, their latest album’s reception and what the band has been up to in the past year.
“It’s been pretty jam-packed, it was really good,” she said. “We are very lucky in our job, we just chase the sun and make music and perform it.
“And we totally have a new album out, which is another cherry on top.”
From Here To Anywhere debuted at number six on the ARIA digital charts, with singles We Love, Big and Really Want To See You Again.
“It has been absolutely phenomenal, especially something we thought might have been a little bit too dancy but people have really seemed to embrace it,” Mitchell said. “We pretty much started after we finished the second one, just so we wouldn’t lose our swing and I think all the way right near the end we were working on it.”
In the past, Sneaky Sound System have toured with the Scissor Sisters, Sam Sparro (who will also be at Party), and Lady Gaga.
But Mitchell said while working with top artists put their names out there, it’s their time to shine.
“I think it [working with top artists] kinda, for us, really confirmed the fact that we can compete on a world stage and and we just have to go over there and jump in the deep end and compete,” she said.
“Instead of it being the other way around, where we are doing the supports and we are being asked to guest on other people’s albums of that calibre, we are actually making albums of that calibre.”
Sneaky will be headlining a stellar line-up in the Emerald City-themed Hordern Pavilion at Mardigrasland.
“What amazing outfit am I going to wear?” Mitchell asked, sharing her first thoughts after being told she would be headlining in the Hordern.
“Are we going to have a ridiculously over-the-top show? And are we going to have dancers?”
Sneaky Sound System are billed to play not only a 15-minute performance set of their hits, but also a two-hour DJ set.
“We want to make it really throbbing, like really dirty house,” Mitchell said. “And I’ll sing over-the-top, on the fly.”
While this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras is studded with performers and singers, Mitchell said she was most excited to meet everyone in the audience.
“That’s who I’m excited to see. I think most of my night will be spent in the audience.”
When Sneaky began their career, they were knocked back, with record labels saying they might only ever sell 10,000 copies and that signing them wasn’t worth it.
Sticking to their guns, the group, which then included Daimon Downey on vocals, finished the album and found success.
“You know in yourself whether you are good enough. I don’t think it’s a matter of ‘being’ good enough, who says that? It’s within yourself to know whether you are good enough, and you are always good enough,” Mitchell said.
INFO: Sneaky Sound System will perform at 2am in the Hordern at MardiGrasLand. Details: www.mardigras.org.au