Singer and guitarist Eugene Hutz founded Gogol Bordello in New York City in 1999, after leaving Ukraine in the aftermath of Chernobyl. With a vision of creating an international groove, he recruited musicians of all ages, races and cultures to form an uncategorizable blend of international influences, anchored by the gypsy rhythms Hutz grew up with in Ukraine. "Our sound comes from being a group of polyamorous musicians. The style comes from musicians born and raised in various elements, like (bass player) Thomas Gobena's Ethiopian meters and (Russian violinist) Sergey Ryabtsev and (folkloric Russian accordion player) Yuri Lemeshev's palette of colors. Everyone does their own thing to keep the train moving."
"Most people are looking for a box to put stuff in," he says. "I try to avoid it. The message of [new album Pura Vida Conspiracy] is the quest for self-knowledge beyond borders and nationalities. Every culture is a useful mask, but it is just a mask. To get to know your actual human self, you have to get behind all the masks. With all the time I've spent in Latin America, living and loving, I realized I'll never be Argentinean or Brazilian, just like I'll never be Ukrainian. If you have true human spirit, you canât fit into any genre, nationality or culture. To be a true citizen of the world, you can only be an ultimate outsider." The new album's title "sums up my need of joining fragmented parts and pieces to create a worldwide consciousness."
Eugene Hutz plays a GK Studio.