I AM D wins Hilltop Hoods Initiative 2014

Friday, 04 Apr 2014

Emerging hip hop artist I AM D aka Tom Daley took out the Hilltop Hoods Initiative for 2014. Tom, with the support of the Hilltop Hoods and APRA AMCOS, has won $10,000 towards the release and promotion of his first solo album.

We had a chat to Tom about his win and why these kind of initiatives are important for new artists.

How does it feel to win the Hilltop Hoods and APRA AMCOS Initiative? 

It feels quite surreal to be honest. It hasn’t really sunk in yet, I almost don’t believe it. I got a call from Suffa (Hilltop Hoods) on Friday morning while I was at work loading bags onto a plane and pretty much had to cut the call short. He basically said I had won and I was trying to hold it together like some idiot on the radio winning the day’s jackpot. The recognition has been the best thing. I’ve just released my debut EP The Daley Grind which I’m extremely proud of as my first release, so winning this initiative could not have come at a better time.

What do you plan to do with the $10,000? How will you use it for your debut album? 

I’m going to use half to fly business class over to New York and then invest the other half in some stocks. Since I won, the news has been so big that Jordan Belfort contacted me and persuaded me to invest it. So yeah thanks Hilltop Hoods and APRA AMCOS for the leg up! Nah for real though, I’m going to put it all into my debut album, source some dope production, get some creative marketing going and making sure it’s easily accessible and readily available to everyone around the country and even overseas.

How big is this step for your career and how important are these types of initiatives for new songwriters?

This is HUGE for me. It’s weird to label it a career for me at this point because I’m so new to making music. So far it’s just been a hobby, something I’m so passionate about, but I guess if it’s going that way (into a career) I’m stoked. I’d love to be able to do this, make music, travel, play shows and support myself in doing so, even if I’m not ballin’ like Jigga man.

These initiatives are ridiculously important. It’s such a great opportunity for anyone (up and comer or seasoned vet) to be granted the funds to give them the chance to put their best foot forward and create something special. But it’s even more important for new songwriters because it will provide an abundance of new experience. I’m truly grateful and I’m glad the hard work I’ve put in so far has paid off already. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.

Any last words?

I’d just like to say thanks again to the Hilltop Hoods, APRA AMCOS and everyone involved in the initiative, the judges especially. I’d also like to thank everyone riding with me thus far. I’m in that ‘building from the ground up’ stage right now and I’m well aware of the people who have been down from day dot. If you’d like to download The Daley Grind EP or purchase a limited hardcopy, feel free to go to: http://iamdmusic.bandcamp.com/


As part of the prize package, I AM D also receives valuable legal advice courtesy of Media Arts Lawyers and prize packs from Shure Microphone and Zoo York Clothing.

To hear more from I AM D head to www.iamdaleygrind.com

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