Hugel Interview: Exclusive Talk With The French Dancefloor Master
With no introduction needed after the release of his remix of El Profesor’s ‘Bella Ciao’ (Official German Summer Hit 2018 – GfK), DJ & Producer HUGEL is creating a sure fire buzz in the industry.
Currently, HUGEL plays around 100 live shows a year, has around 3.5 million monthly listeners on Spotify and over 100 million views on his YouTube Channel. He is signed to Warner Music, has a publishing deal with BMG and is represented by Stefan Dabruck Management. With his current developments, he has all eyes on him for 2019 and is making a name for himself in the international music industry.
Though Hugel is currently living a very busy time period, the artist took the time to talk with Viralbpm about his life as a Dj, his much anticipated performance in the upcoming World Club Dome and his general view on the part that music plays in the people’s daily life.
V1. It’s great to have you here featured on our website. We recently saw your schedule regarding festivals, live events and promising shows including Big City Beats’ World Club Dome 2019 in June. What can your fans expect from you for this show?
Hugel: I will take it to the next level this year. They can expect lots of new club bangers and sick drops. I’m super excited for the upcoming festivals and to show everyone what I have been working on.
V2. Is there any particular festival or upcoming live event you’re really looking forward to playing at? Anything that makes a particular show a little bit more special for you?
Hugel: Honestly, I’m looking forward to all of them. I love my job, it’s my life and what I live for. I am extremely excited to play on Tomorrowland’s Main Stage this year. This is a like a dream come true and that makes this one very special to me.
V3. Obviously, you travel a lot for various performances. Are there any shows, crowds or maybe a particular location that hold a special place in your heart? Maybe you have an exciting or funny story to share about regarding this topic?
Hugel: I played Miami Music week for the first time this year and it was like nothing else I have ever experienced before. It was sick. I met amazing people during my time there so Miami definitely has a special place in my heart. I also played in South America, Columbia, Barranquilla and Medellin, for the first time in my life this year, the people are super special and amazing over there and the places I visited were beautiful so that was a whole new experience and I am super thankful to get the chance to visit all these places and people.
V4. What’s the best and the worst thing about being constantly on the road and travelling around the globe. Maybe something you miss from home from time to time?
Hugel: There is nothing I can say that’s negative about it. Even when I only get a few hours of sleep sometimes. I am even thankful for that because I get to live my dream so all “negative” things that come along with my job are worth it. Thankfully I even get to see my family regularly even if it means to fly them into a show to come see me. So no, I don’t really need to miss anyone because I make it work.
V5. Let’s take a break from your upcoming performances and let’s talk a little bit about your future releases. Is there anything you can reveal about upcoming music?
Hugel: I got a super sick House track coming up. Everyone I am showing and playing it to already loves it. Very different from my last releases. But I am a creator, an artist, I do what I feel at the moment. And in the end, it’s all about the House music and always has been. I fucking love it. This is back to what I am here to do as a DJ. It’s what the people want to hear, so that’s what I will give them.
V6. Last month, you wrote the following thing about your release “Mama Mia”: “As a Dj it’s important for me not to take stuff too seriously and focus on create « Party Anthem ». People in a party don’t want to think that much. They want to have fun, they want to laugh and get drunk. Our job is to make that happen.” Do you believe that people tend to forget to simply have a good time nowadays? Maybe because of their jobs or hasty lifestyles for example. Is music a powerful tool in order to “fix” this from time to time?
Hugel: Yes. That is exactly the point. People are often stuck in their job and their structured lives and find it hard to turn off their mind from time to time and just let go and have some fun. Music can help forget the daily problems for a while and I am extremely thankful that I can help people have fun in their lives when they turn on my music or come to a show where I play and just enjoy the moment. Its super important to not be serious all the time, it has to be balanced, otherwise what is the fun in life?
V7. Are there any Djs or producers out there, who you feel are keeping people consistently happy and entertained through their music and performances? Maybe someone you’re currently admiring for his work in general.
Hugel: My absolute favorite who is fulfilling all the above and more would be DJ Khaled. He is an absolute genius and I admire that.
V8. Thank you for your time and we wish you all the best for the rest of the season and the future in general. Any final words you want to share with the Viralbpm readership?
Hugel: Thanks so much. Follow me on Instagram @hugelthug and come to see my shows to have some fun!