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Eugene Hütz
Eugene Hütz
(pronounced [ˈjʊəɡeːnə hyts] Ukrainian: Євген Гудзь Ukrainian pronunciation: [jɛw'ɦɛn ɦudzʲ], Yevhen Hudz′; born Yevheniy Aleksandrovich Nikolayev-Simonov, Russian: Евгений Александрович Николаев-Симонов, 6 September 1972) is a Ukrainian-born singer, composer, disc jockey and actor, most notable as the frontman of the Gypsy punk
Gypsy punk
band Gogol Bordello.


1 Early life 2 Gogol Bordello 3 Other projects 4 Influence 5 Personal life 6 Filmography 7 References 8 External links

Early life[edit] Hütz was born in Boyarka, to a Russian father, a butcher by profession, and a Ukrainian mother who was of half Servitka ancestry.[2][3] 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.[4] 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 story, like Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
or Nick Cave
Nick Cave
or Leonard Cohen
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."[5] Hütz's transition into a U.S. singer was a long journey through Poland, Hungary, 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.[6] Hütz arrived in the U.S. state of Vermont
in 1992 as a political refugee through a resettlement program with his mother, father and cousin Yosef.[7] Gogol Bordello[edit] Hütz started his musical career in Ukraine
with the band Uksusnik (Vinegar Tap). While in Vermont, Hütz formed the punk band The Fags.[7] 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 the hell Béla Bartók
Béla Bartók
is in the United States."

Hütz performing with Gogol Bordello

In 1999, Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello
released their debut full-length Voi-La Intruder, produced by Nick Cave
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!
Super Taranta!
(produced by Victor Van Vugt) became one of their most critically acclaimed releases with music critic Robert Christgau
Robert Christgau
calling Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello
“the world's most visionary band.”[8] Their next album, Trans-Continental Hustle, was released on 27 April 2010 and the LP on 11 May 2010.[9] 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
Whitney Museum
in New York, The Tate Modern
Tate Modern
in London
and the Venice Biennale
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 Paradise. Other projects[edit]

Eugene Hütz
Eugene Hütz
DJing at Tropicalia in Washington, DC on December 28, 2013

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
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.[10] 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.[11] Hütz has worked with Les Claypool
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. Influence[edit] 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.[12] In the January 2008 Gucci
menswear show in Milan, Hütz was cited as the key inspiration for the collection.[13] Personal life[edit] 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.[citation needed] In October 2008, Hütz told the LA Weekly
LA Weekly
that he had moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.[14] In November 2009, he told Página/12
that he had moved to São Paulo.[15] Filmography[edit]

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
Gogol Bordello
Non-Stop (2008) as himself Filth and Wisdom
Filth and Wisdom
(2008) as A.K.


^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-07. Retrieved 2013-04-07.  Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello
Band Profiles ^ "Interview: Eugene Hütz, the moustachioed-gypsy-rocker". The Independent. London. 13 July 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2010.  ^ "Euro clash". The Sydney Morning Herald. 10 December 2005.  ^ " Eugene Hütz
Eugene Hütz
of Gogol Bordello: An interview and a spiritual experience - Janky Smooth". Retrieved 25 August 2015.  ^ Kravtsova, Yekaterina (16 November 2011). " Gogol Bordello
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 2011.  ^ Silverman, Carol (2012). Romani Routes: Cultural Politics and Balkan Music in Diaspora. Oxford University Press. p. 287. ISBN 9780199358847.  ^ a b "Interview:Hutz-pah". Seven Days. Burlington VT. 27 July 2005. Retrieved 28 February 2011.  ^ [1] Inside Music: Consumer Guide ^ [2] Music Today, Gogol Bordello ^ Perry, Kevin (30 January 2007). " Eugene Hütz
Eugene Hütz
interview about The Pied Piper of Hützovina". London: The Beaver.  ^ [3] 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
Gypsy punk
inspired a whole new catwalk look". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 19 January 2008.  ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-04. Retrieved 2008-10-03.  Gogol Bordello's Eugene Hütz
Eugene Hütz
Talks Festivals, Filth and Wisdom, Erin Broadley, LA Weekly
LA Weekly
(3 October 2008) ^ [4] Página/12

External links[edit]

[5] Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello
Non-Stop (2008) [6] Gogolbordello.com [7] Mehanata [8] Kill Your Idols [9] 2008 Interview with Eugene Hutz (musicOMH.com) [10] Eugene Hütz
Eugene Hütz
Interview with LA Weekly
LA Weekly
(October 2008) [11] Eugene Hütz
Eugene Hütz
Interview with Aaron Hillis of IFC News (October 2008) [12] Eugene Hütz
Eugene Hütz
Interview with ION Magazine (July 2010) [13] Interview with Eugene Hütz
Eugene Hütz
and Santeri Ahlgren (December 2010) Eugene Hütz
Eugene Hütz
on IMDb Eugene Hütz
Eugene Hütz
on National Public Radio

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Gogol Bordello

Eugene Hütz Sergey Ryabtsev Yuri Lemeshev Ori Kaplan Thomas Gobena Eliot Ferguson Pamela Racine Elizabeth Sun Pedro Erazo

Studio albums

Voi-La Intruder Multi Kontra Culti vs. Irony Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike Super Taranta! Trans-Continental Hustle Pura Vida Conspiracy Seekers and Finders


"When the Trickster Starts a-Poking" "Start Wearing Purple"/"Sally" "Not a Crime" "Wonderlust King"


East Infection

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