(pronounced [ˈjʊəɡeːnə hyts] Ukrainian: Євген
Гудзь Ukrainian pronunciation: [jɛw'ɦɛn ɦudzʲ], Yevhen
Hudz′; born Yevheniy Aleksandrovich Nikolayev-Simonov, Russian:
Николаев-Симонов, 6 September 1972) is a Ukrainian-born
singer, composer, disc jockey and actor, most notable as the frontman
band Gogol Bordello.
1 Early life
2 Gogol Bordello
3 Other projects
5 Personal life
8 External links
Hütz was born in Boyarka, to a Russian father, a butcher by
profession, and a Ukrainian mother who was of half Servitka
ancestry. His father also played guitar in one of Ukraine's
first rock bands, Meridian. When Eugene was 14, he and his father made
his first guitar of plywood, his first distortion pedals out of radio
parts, and his first drum set from large metal fish cans, skinned with
layers of Scotch tape. Hütz learned English through his musical
"mentors" because "Russian rock always had lyrics that were superb and
more advanced than the original Western rock ‘n’ roll, I think. Of
course, Western rock is much stronger when it comes to performance and
production, but Russian songwriters were the champions of writing
lyrics. So naturally I picked mentors who taught me how to tell a
Johnny Cash or
Nick Cave or
Leonard Cohen or Shane
MacGowan from The Pogues. I learned English through my mentors. I feel
like they are kind of my uncles in this sense."
Hütz's transition into a U.S. singer was a long journey through
Austria and Italy. Descendants of gypsies called the
Servo Roma (a tribe known for its blacksmiths, horsetraders and
musicians), Hütz and his family fled their hometown after hearing of
the Chernobyl meltdown. However, Hütz's Roma/Ukrainian background
provides his central inspiration, influencing his lifestyle and the
music of his band Gogol Bordello. Hütz's connection with his cultural
roots is not without controversy, however, and he is seen as a
polarizing figure among international Romani rights activists due to
stereotypical displays of Romani culture.
Hütz arrived in the U.S. state of
Vermont in 1992 as a political
refugee through a resettlement program with his mother, father and
Hütz started his musical career in
Ukraine with the band Uksusnik
(Vinegar Tap). While in Vermont, Hütz formed the punk band The
Fags. He later moved to New York and took on his mother's German
maiden name of Hütz. In New York, he met the future members of Gogol
Bordello including violinist Sergey Ryabtsev, accordionist Yuri
Lemeshev, guitarist Oren Kaplan, drummer Eliot Ferguson and dancers
Pam Racine and Elizabeth Sun. He first called the band "Hutz and the
Bela Bartoks," but changed it after realizing that "nobody knows who
Béla Bartók is in the United States."
Hütz performing with Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello released their debut full-length Voi-La
Intruder, produced by
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds drummer Jim
Sclavunos. In September 2002 the band released their second album
Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony. In 2005 the band released the E.P. East
Infection followed later that year by the
SideOneDummy debut Gypsy
Punks: Underdog World Strike, recorded by Steve Albini. Gogol
Bordello’s next offering,
Super Taranta! (produced by Victor Van
Vugt) became one of their most critically acclaimed releases with
Robert Christgau calling
Gogol Bordello “the world's
most visionary band.” Their next album, Trans-Continental Hustle,
was released on 27 April 2010 and the LP on 11 May 2010. The band's
sixth studio album, Pura Vida Conspiracy, was released in 2013,
followed by their seventh, Seekers and Finders, in 2017.
Gogol Bordello's live shows and Hütz's stage presence have earned
them invitations to places such as The
Whitney Museum in New York, The
Tate Modern in
London and the
Venice Biennale in Italy. Gogol Bordello
has played events such as Riot Fest, Coachella Valley Music and Arts
Festival, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Glastonbury, Roskilde Festival,
Reading, Virgin Mobile Fest, Leeds, Bumbershoot, Austin City Limits
Music Festival, Byron Bay Bluesfest and A Campingflight to Lowlands
Eugene Hütz DJing at Tropicalia in Washington, DC on December 28,
In New York Hütz made a name for himself as a DJ with a style best
represented on his experimental side project J.U.F.
(Jüdisch-Ukrainische Freundschaft) and a newer incarnation, MITITIKA.
He has also performed and recorded with the Kolpakov Trio.
Hütz made his film debut in the 2005 film Everything Is Illuminated,
playing the character Alex. In addition to his film role, Hütz wrote
and performed (as part of Gogol Bordello) some of the music for the
film's soundtrack. Several
Gogol Bordello members made cameo
appearances in various roles in the movie.
Hütz is the subject of the 2006 documentary, The Pied Piper of
Hützovina. Directed by Pavla Fleischer, the film chronicles Hütz’s
annual trip across
Ukraine and Eastern Europe exploring his musical
and cultural roots.
Hütz played the lead character in Filth and Wisdom, a 2008 film that
marked Madonna’s directorial debut. The film premiered at the Berlin
International Film Festival on 13 February 2008.
Hütz wrote the introduction for the Subculture Books edition of Taras
Bulba, released in December 2008.
Hütz has worked with
Les Claypool on various projects, including his
performance on Claypool's album "Of Fungi and Foe" (on the track "Bite
Out of Life").
Hütz appeared on the cover of the May 2013 issue of the Ukraine
edition of Vogue, with model Kätlin Aas.
In the 2006 movie Wristcutters: A Love Story, the character of Eugene
(played by Shea Whigham) is based on Hütz. Several of Hütz's songs
are featured in the film. Hütz was also the inspiration for the
character Evgeni (played by Oscar Isaac) in Madonna's film W.E.
In the January 2008
Gucci menswear show in Milan, Hütz was cited as
the key inspiration for the collection.
Hütz is an avid supporter of Romani rights, using his music to
introduce the gypsy culture to a wider audience. Between his tours
with Gogol Bordello, Hütz performs DJ duty at New York City's
Bulgarian Bar (also known as "Mehanata"), or touring with the Russian
gypsy group Kolpakov Trio, led by his mentor Sasha Kolpakov. Hütz has
no siblings, although he refers to his maternal cousin as his brother;
his cousin made an appearance in the movie Everything is Illuminated
playing the trumpet. Both Eugene and his cousin are 1/4 Romani. His
maternal grandmother is his tie to his Romani roots, although he was
14 years old before learning of this connection. In
October 2008, Hütz told the
LA Weekly that he had moved to Rio de
Janeiro, Brazil. In November 2009, he told
Página/12 that he had
moved to São Paulo.
Kill Your Idols (2004) as himself
Kill Your Darlings (2004 short film) as the Prince
Everything Is Illuminated (2005) as Alex
The Pied Piper of Hützovina (2006) as himself
Gogol Bordello Non-Stop (2008) as himself
Filth and Wisdom
Filth and Wisdom (2008) as A.K.
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Gogol Bordello Band Profiles
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Independent. London. 13 July 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
^ "Euro clash". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 December 2005.
Eugene Hütz of Gogol Bordello: An interview and a spiritual
experience - Janky Smooth". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
^ Kravtsova, Yekaterina (16 November 2011). "
Gogol Bordello unplugged:
The kings of gypsy punk return to the city for an acoustic gig at
Glavclub next week". The St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 27 November
^ Silverman, Carol (2012). Romani Routes: Cultural Politics and Balkan
Music in Diaspora. Oxford University Press. p. 287.
^ a b "Interview:Hutz-pah". Seven Days. Burlington VT. 27 July 2005.
Retrieved 28 February 2011.
^  Inside Music: Consumer Guide
^  Music Today, Gogol Bordello
^ Perry, Kevin (30 January 2007). "
Eugene Hütz interview about The
Pied Piper of Hützovina". London: The Beaver.
^  World Cat, Taras Bulba
^ Van Sant, Gus (May 2010). "Madonna: An Interview". Interview.
Retrieved February 20, 2018.
^ Freeman, Hadley (17 January 2008). "How a
Gypsy punk inspired a
whole new catwalk look". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 19 January
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2008-10-03. Gogol Bordello's
Eugene Hütz Talks Festivals, Filth
and Wisdom, Erin Broadley,
LA Weekly (3 October 2008)
Gogol Bordello Non-Stop (2008)
 Kill Your Idols
 2008 Interview with Eugene Hutz (musicOMH.com)
Eugene Hütz Interview with
LA Weekly (October 2008)
Eugene Hütz Interview with Aaron Hillis of IFC News (October
Eugene Hütz Interview with ION Magazine (July 2010)
 Interview with
Eugene Hütz and Santeri Ahlgren (December 2010)
Eugene Hütz on IMDb
Eugene Hütz on National Public Radio
Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony
Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike
Pura Vida Conspiracy
Seekers and Finders
"When the Trickster Starts a-Poking"
"Start Wearing Purple"/"Sally"
"Not a Crime"
Everything Is Illuminated
Wristcutters: A Love Story
The Pied Piper of Hützovina
Gogol Bordello Non-Stop
Filth and Wisdom
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