True Live early recordings contained strong ties to hip hop but in 2011 have made a significant turn toward rock and classical leanings.
True Live was formed in 2003, consisting of 6 diverse musicians. Under the leadership of Vox Singing Academy student and velvet voiced Ryan Ritchie the band began to play gigs around Melbourne, including regular performances at The Evelyn and Revolver. During this time the group established its recognisable style, including a complete string section.
In 2005 True Live signed with Shock Records and released its debut release, Mintons EP. The album was critically acclaimed and received extensive play on Triple J, the video clip being played regularly on Rage, Channel V and Video Hits. Subsequent songs from the record, such as ‘Bounce’, received similar coverage.
During the 2005-2006 period the band toured, performing at the Meredith Music Festival, the Bangalow Jazz Festival and Big Day Out among others, performing with acts such as Moby, Roots Manuva and De La Soul.
In October 2006 the band released its second release “The Shape of it”, the lead single ‘TV’ receiving being played on a range of commercial stations across Australia, including Nova and The Edge and its accompanying video clip appearing on major music programs.
True Live had chart success with “TV” reaching #76 on the ARIA Single Chart and The Shape Of It reaching #85 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The group received regular play on radio and television and were chosen to perform at the 2006 Commonwealth
In 2005 Ryan Ritchie and True Live created the musical soundtrack for RASH the first feature-length documentary in Australia to focus on the new art form of street art.
In early 2007, True Live received four stars in Rolling Stone Magazine for their album and succeeded in selling out tours across Australia.
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In 2007 ‘TV’ was used as the music in the Fox Sports advertisements and in 2008 ‘Let Out’ was included in the TV mini series ‘Underbelly’. In May 2008, True Live released ‘The Shape of It’ in Japan.
The band has now released its 2nd album ‘Found Lost’.
In early 2009 True Live signed to Melbourne record label Illusive Sounds who are also the home of Bliss N Eso & Paris Wells.
‘Found Lost’ was critically successful and the single ‘Something To Be’ received attention in France on both Radio and Television and the album was released and sold well in France and Switzerland, in 2011 the group Signed to Sakifo Records out of Orleans France, and are set to release their 3rd album through Europe in 2014.