Hugo Race

Hugo Race is a prolific and visionary performer, musician, writer and producer. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Hugo’s creative journey has given him ‘world citizen’ status, having lived over the course of the last 25 years in Italy, France, Germany, the UK and the USA. Hugo’s songwriting draws on pop culture from rock n roll to soul to delta blues to avantguard electronic soundscapes.


A founding member of Nick Cave’s Bad Seeds (he appears on the debut, “From Her to Eternity”, and features on several other Bad Seed’s cds and various compilations), Hugo then founded the seminal Australian art-punk cult band The Wreckery (1985), released through the White, Rampant, Citadel and Normal labels. (A Wreckery retrospective,”Past Imperfect”, was released in 2008 through Memorandum/Fuse Records, Sydney)

Hugo Race’s current album releases are We Never Had Control, recorded with Italian instrumentalists Sacri Cuori, and No, But It’s True (2012), both through Hugo’s Australian label Rough Velvet Records and international partners Interbang Records (Italy) and Gusstaff Records (Poland).

Following 2010’s internationally acclaimed “BKO” and “Troubles” by Dirtmusic (recorded in Mali, Africa and released by Glitterhouse Records), Hugo and Chris Eckman will release their next Dirtmusic album ‘Lion City’(also recorded in Bamako, Mali) through Glitterbeat in March 2014.

Also to come in early 2013 is the long-awaited third release of the Italian project Sepiatone, ‘Echoes On’ through Rough Velvet/ Interbang Records.

Other recent releases include Fatalists (2010), the electro-acoustic instrumental Between Hemispheres (Gusstaff Records/MGM), and the French/USA ‘alt-country’ Lilium’s Felt, (Glitterhouse, Germany).


With his trans-continental collective The True Spirit and his extremely diverse productions and collaborations, Hugo defies any easy label and has staked out a creative territory entirely his own.

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