With his unique skillset as a trained circus artist, looping aficionado, and with a soulful voice to boot, Hugo Bladel is a talent not often seen. Taking cues from Stevie Wonder, Anderson .Paak, and Daft Punk, Hugo’s sound is a fresh blend of soul, funk and hip-hop, with the right amount of pop sensibility thrown in for good measure.
Having cut his teeth busking throughout Australia and Europe, Hugo was well known in his home town of Hobart as ‘that guy that raps about you outside Obar” as he would improvise songs on the spot about the late night punters passing by. Several busking tours and appearances at the Edinburgh Festival (UK) later, nowadays, you’re more likely to see Hugo on the main stage rather than playing to a passing crowd.,
2018 has seen Hugo’s live show go from strength to strength as he grows into one of Australia’s most electric live acts. The year saw appearances at the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival supporting The Presets, Amy Shark and Client Liaison, with 2019 shows penned at Australian Open live stage supporting the likes of Bastille, Confidence Man, and Angus & Julia Stone, Hugo is a star on the rise.
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Hugo’s latest offering, single: ‘What’s Right’– recorded with Cal Young (KOWL) at Hugo’s own Hobart studio, signals the start of a new era for the young upstart with both his songwriting and live show alike. The single has already received overwhelming support with HIT 100.9 Hobart radio additions, and an inspired reaction from fans online. Hugo remarks: “I am very excited about how it’s been received – a lot of people have told me that it’s their favourite song yet and that’s really encouraging. I really can’t wait to share the rest of the EP as I feel it’s my best work to date and an exciting direction for my music and live shows”.
“I have a studio in the
heart of Hobart and there are 4 other music producers in the building, so it’s a very inspiring space, What’s Right has been in the pipeline for months and I am very lucky to be able to share the studio with my producer as it allows us to refine everything without the time constraints of scheduled studio time” – Hugo