Bliss N Eso
From an early stage in their career, Bliss N Eso primarily built their fan base from their compelling and energetic live performances. An exhilarating blend of fluid rhymes and banging beats teamed with beat boxing, impromptu freestyling and seamless turntablism make their live shows a brand in their own right, and has seen the group hailed as one of the best live acts in the country. After four years of touring with consistently powerful performances, Bliss N Eso settled down in 2004 to record their first full length album, Flowers In The Pavement. A virtual brainstorm on record, the emerging artists compiled track after track of wild expression through vibrant lyrics and production. The debut album met an overwhelming response from audiences and critics Australia wide.
In mid ‘09, the group released the Flying Colours Live deluxe edition (which featured a full-length DVD and brand new single, On Tour) and to celebrate, the group undertook one final national tour for the album which became the highest selling local hip-hop tour of all time. This included performing to over 10,000 punters in Melbourne during back-to-back sold-out shows at the city’s iconic Festival Hall, a feat only possible for a select few Australian acts.
In late ’09, amongst the insatiable public hype, the trio headed to an undisclosed location in the Victorian bush, to begin writing and recording their fourth studio album – Running on Air. They took a break from this process only to embark on a 20+ date sold-out American tour – another first for an Australian hip-hop act – and to headline Solar, MS Fest and Origin festivals. The highly anticipated first single from the album, Down by the River, was released in May 2010 and sparked pandemonium amongst the hordes of zealous Bliss N Eso fans. Their fourth studio album, Running on Air, was released on July 30th and debuted at #1 on the ARIA Album Chart, making them only the fourth Australian act to reach that position in 2010 and ending Eminem’s six week run in top spot. The album garnered near perfect reviews across the board, with some even stating that ‘it may be the genre’s finest release’ (Time Off). Shortly afterwards, while they had two songs sitting inside the ARIA Singles Chart, Bliss N Eso embarked on another sold-out Australian tour. The three knockabout lads from Sydney are now exploring unchartered territory, which is exactly where they like to be.