Sneaky Sound System are an Australian dance music group formed in late 2001 by Black Angus (Angus McDonald) on guitar and MC Double D (Daimon Downey) on vocoder and vocals. They were joined in 2004 by Connie Mitchell (ex-Primary) on vocals; Downey left the band in September 2009. On 12 August 2006, they released their self-titled debut studio album, which peaked at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart in mid-November 2007 and was certified 3× platinum by December 2011, denoting shipments of 210,000 copies. The group's breakthrough single, "I Love It", which was issued on 8 July 2006, peaked at No. 24 on the ARIA Singles Chart and spent 73 weeks in the Top 100 – this broke the record as the longest charting single previously held by The Living End's 1997 hit, "Second Solution / Prisoner of Society", at 69 weeks. Their second studio effort, 2, which appeared on 16 August 2008, became their first number-one album. On 7 October 2011, From Here to Anywhere was released and reached at No. 11. At ARIA Music Awards ceremonies they have been nominated fourteen times winning twice in 2007 for Best Dance Release and Breakthrough Artist – Album for their eponymous album.2001–2005: Early yearsIn late 2001, Sneaky Sound System were formed in Sydney as hosts to dance music parties, Sneaky Sundays. Black Angus (Angus McDonald) had met MC Double D (Daimon Downey) at a fancy dress party in 2000 and the pair soon became flatmates. Angus was working as a DJ with Damien Hesse and invited D to MC at their regular Sunday parties. Hesse explained their concept "We wanted to start a Sunday night, our own night in Sydney, because we didn't feel we fit into anything else that was going on ... We played for over a year to over 100 people in a basement in Bondi so it was very much an underground thing". Various live musicians would perform irregularly with Sneaky Sound System, the group added cabaret elements including specialist dancers. With Angus on guitar and D on vocoder and vocals, they began gigging at various clubs and festivals along the Australian east coast. They recorded a remix album, Other Peoples Music, produced and engineered by Peter Dolso. The double CD was released on 3 October 2003 by Sony Music Australia. The line-up for the album included Angus, D, Hesse (as a remixer) and Tricky Nick (Nick Broadhurst) on saxophone.In 2004, Sneaky Sound System established their own label, Whack Records. Angus recalled being rejected by recording companies when proposing an album of original material, "We were told by every label we might sell 10,000 copies and it wasn't worth it ... so we decided to do it ourselves". On 15 November that year, they issued their debut single, "Hip Hip Hooray", on their label and distributed by MGM Distribution. Angus wrote the track, and contributed guitar, keyboards, bass guitar, drums and lead vocals. It appeared on the ARIA Singles Chart Top 100. In late May, Hesse indicated that a new album was due later that year. However, he left soon after and the group decided that they required a female vocalist, Angus and D met Connie Mitchell (ex-Primary) by chance in a public park as she sat singing and playing guitar to a friend. They asked her to join as lead vocalist, Mitchell later remembered, "I thought they were a bit dodgy ... You know, two guys coming up to you, excited, jumping around a bit, saying 'Come to our studio'". Their second single, "Tease Me", had been recorded before Mitchell joined with lead vocals by D and guest vocalist Pepper (Pip Edwards), it appeared on 18 July 2005, but did not chart.2006–2007: Sneaky Sound SystemMitchell provided lead vocals on Sneaky Sound System's breakthrough single, "I Love It", which was issued on 8 July 2006. It peaked at No. 24 and spent 73 weeks in the Top 100. This broke the record as the longest charting single by an Australian artist on the ARIA Singles Chart – previously held by The Living End's "Second Solution/Prisoner of Society" (1997) at 69 weeks.On 12 August 2006, Sneaky Sound System released their self-titled debut studio album, which was produced by Angus and Dolso and included the three earlier singles, "Hip Hip Hooray", "Tease Me" and "I Love It". At the ARIA Music Awards of 2006, "I Love It" received two nominations: 'Break Through Artist – Single' and 'Best Dance Release'. The band were awarded with 'Best Performing Independent EP/Single' and 'Best Independent Artist' at the 2007 Australian Independent Record (AIR) AwardsAt the 2007 ARIA Awards, the group won two categories, 'Best Dance Release' and 'Breakthrough Artist - Album' from nine nominations. In late October, the album was at No. 37 but with their ARIA wins it reached the peak of No. 5 within three weeks, in mid-November. Sneaky Sound System remained in the Top 50 for a total of sixty-one weeks, it was certified ×3 platinum by December 2011, denoting shipments of 210,000 copies.In December 2006, they supported Robbie Williams on the Australian leg of his Close Encounters Tour. Mitchell has appeared on albums by Kanye West, Snoop Dogg and Rick Ross. In addition to their own headline tours, Sneaky Sound System have supported Jamiroquai, Scissor Sisters, Sam Sparro, and Lady Gaga. They appeared at festivals including Electric Picnic, Wireless, Global Gathering, Get Loaded in the Park and Oxegen (Ireland), Zomerparkfeest and Mysterylands (Netherlands), Big Day Out, Homebake, Good Vibrations Festival, Live Earth, V Festival, Splendour in the Grass, Stereosonic, MS Fest and Hot BBQ (Australia). They have performed in New Zealand, the United States, Russia, Italy, Spain and Canada. The group's next single, "Pictures", was released on 2 December 2006, which reached No. 19. The remix version by Tonite Only peaked at number one on the ARIA Club Tracks Chart for a record-equalling thirteen weeks."Pictures" came second in the Dance-Electronica category of the 2007 International Songwriting Competition. The fifth single from the album, "UFO", was released in April, which reached No. 11, is their highest single peak. The last single from the album, "Goodbye", was released in October, which peaked at No. 33, almost three years after the first single. During November that year the band embarked on its first major tour, 2007: A Spaced Out Odyssey, the five dates began on 9 November at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre and ended on 17 November at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion. The September 2009 version of the tour also included international shows in Auckland, London, Madrid and Barcelona.2008–2010: 2At the beginning of 2008, Sneaky Sound System began work on their second studio album, 2, which appeared on 16 August 2008 and became their first number-one album. On 12 July 2008 Sneaky Sound System released the first single from the album, "Kansas City", which peaked at No. 14. Their second single, "When We Were Young", was released on 15 November, which reached No. 46 on the ARIA Physical Singles chart and No. 16 on their Dance Chart.The third single from the album, "16", was released on 14 February 2009, and reached No. 4 on the ARIA Club Chart. The fourth single, "It's Not My Problem", was released on 4 September, the Thin White Duke remix of this track spent three weeks in the top 10 of the ARIA Club Chart, and in the UK it reached No. 1 on both the UK Music Week and DMC club charts in June 2009. In the UK, they released "Pictures" as their first single in July 2008. It peaked at No. 76 on the UK Singles Chart. They toured there including appearing at Glastonbury, Oxegen and performing on BBC Radio 1. Their second UK single, "UFO", reached No. 52. Before the UK release of 2, they issued a compilation album via iTunes, Sneak Preview – Mixes and Remixes, on 15 December 2008.In January 2009, Sneaky Sound System were one of the headline acts at the annual Big Day Out Festival, playing in Auckland, Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Prior to 2's release in the United Kingdom, early in 2009, they had signed to an independent UK label, 14th Floor Records. They toured there including appearing at Glastonbury, Oxegen and performing on BBC Radio 1. Their first UK headline tour began on 8 March 2009 in Glasgow and finished in London on 11 March. Early that year, 2 became their first album issued on the UK market. On 17 February 2009, they announced their Australian national headlining Poptronica Tour. They toured Australia and New Zealand from 2 April 2009 in Brisbane and finished on 22 May in Broome. In June 2009, they toured the US for the first time. At the APRA Music Awards of 2009 they were nominated for Dance Work of the Year for "Kansas City". Angus and Mitchell collaborated with Dutch musician, Tiësto, on his single "I Will Be Here", and played with him at the Victoria Park Concert in London on 31 July. "I Will Be Here" reached No. 1 in the US on Billboard's Dance Radio Airplay Chart in November. In 2010 Sneaky Sound System were nominated for another APRA Dance Work of the Year Award, this time for "16".On 10 September 2009, Daimon Downey, aka MC Double D, announced he was leaving Sneaky Sound System to pursue other interests. According to Downey, "To leave Sneaky Sound System was tough, and was one of the most thought-out decisions of my life to date. The reasons, some personal and some obvious (hotels and airports) were decisions made in my own pursuit of happiness". Angus stated in an interview that the band would remain as a duo and that they were due to work on a new album. In December 2010, Downey, as a mixed media visual artist, had his first solo exhibition of sculpture and paintings in Potts Point. Zac Bayly of Pages described Downey's work, "instead of throwing shapes on stage, he's slapping them down on canvas. As an artist, [he\] uses mixed media to create vibrant, strange artworks designed to communicate his own weird and wonderful mind-scapes". By the middle of that month, Sneaky Sound System had been collaborating with Jay-Z, Kanye West and Beyoncé for Jay-Z and Kanye's album Watch the Throne (2011).2011–2013: From Here to AnywhereIn March 2011, Sneaky Sound System toured Europe for gigs in London, Russia, and Naples; they also performed in Dubai. In April, they travelled to Paris and London to film the video for their next single, "We Love". On 27 May, their third studio album, From Here to Anywhere's first single, "We Love", debuted on Australian radio show, The Kyle and Jackie O Show. It reached No. 29 on the ARIA Singles Chart. On 7 October 2011, From Here to Anywhere, was released in Australasia through the Modular label and on 17 October for Worldwide markets. The album peaked at No. 11 on the ARIA Albums Chart. That month, they travelled to Las Vegas to film the video for the album's second single, 'Big', then played shows at Ministry of Sound in London, Pacha in Ibiza, and the Homelanz festival in London. In September they played shows in Vladivostok, Ibiza, Isle of Wight and Berlin. In November, they returned to Europe for shows in London and Limerick; and then to Dubai and Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.The album's third single, 'Really Want to See You Again', was released on 9 March 2012. In March 2012, Sneaky Sound System had travelled to Miami for the Winter Music Conference. They played the Subliminal Records party at Amnesia with Erick Morillo. In April, they played Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth for the From Here to Anywhere Tour. In June, they played their first-ever shows in Seoul (Club Answer) and Tokyo (Club Ageha). "Friends" followed on 20 July, accompanied by a video shot in Tokyo, filmed and directed by Mitchell and starring Angus. Also that month, they returned to Europe for shows in Mykonos, Ibiza, Toulouse, Naples, Serbia, Milano Marittima, London and Moscow. In August, they played shows in Canada and the US.2013–presentIn April 2013, Connie Mitchell was a mentor to Seal's artists on the Australian version of The Voice. The same month, in a peer-voted survey conducted by Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper, Connie was named #18 on a list of Australia's greatest singers of all time.During 2013 the group indicated on their Facebook page that they were working on a number of collaborations. The first of these to be released is a track with US duo The Knocks, called 'The One'. It appears on The Knocks EP 'Comfortable' and was released 18 February 2014.