Hugo began playing the piano at the age of four, with regular lessons continuing through his childhood and teenage life. He took grade 8 piano at the age of 12, whilst he was attending the Royal College of Music, Junior Department. When he began secondary school, he had an interest in exploring all different kinds of music. He took up the electric guitar, discovering Hendrix and the like, and this slowly began to develop his interest until, a few years later, he began to DJ.
DJ Hugo started playing drum and bass, regularly going to places like fabric to watch the likes of Andy C, Sub Focus, Pendulum and early Chase and Status, and eventually felt compelled to begin producing his own music. He began with dnb, and eventually moved into electro house and other genres, allowing his dj palette to develop further. By the time he had finished university (Leeds) Hugo was desperate to get stuck in to the production full time, so he found himself a small production studio.
Hugo pursued dance music for a couple more years, by which point he had begun to miss the piano and other instruments in his repertoire. Slowly but surely his interest in pop music began to filter through until one summer he made the change. Hugo bought himself a digital piano and began writing piano based pop music, inspired by people such as Elton John and David Bowie from my childhood. After having written a selection of tracks he compiled into an album, Hugo began gigging. He played shows all around London, from places like the legendary Dublin Castle in Camden, where Madness first cut their teeth, to the renowned Ronnie Scott’s in Soho.
Having encountered and created such a wide range of musical styles, DJ Hugo feels that his palette as a dj is of a wide range. He really does have appreciation for all kinds of music, with deep interest and influence stemming from the 60s and 70s, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Abba, all the usual party classics. Being a current pop artist, he always keeps his ear to the ground, discovering new music whilst being very aware of what is going on in the pop spectrum. Artists like Major Lazer, Justin Bieber, Sia, Drake are all in his awareness, and he feels well equipped to fill a variety of dance floors. His experience ranges from 18th parties, to 21st, 25th, 30th, 40th, 50th and even 60th parties, as well as weddings and private functions of all kinds. Given his musical background, he also feels extremely at home behind the decks in a club, with the ability to play a full drum and bass set, or a house, trance, or even techno set, or a mixture of all, always working the crowd to keep the dancefloor full at all times.
DJ Hugo is very flexible and will play entirely to the spec of the client, with requests on the night always being very welcome.