Born in Kiev in 1972, Hutz's road to the United States was a long trek through Italy, Austria, Hungary and Poland, an immigrant experience that informs much of his band's material. When Hutz was 14 and living in Striy, a small Ukrainian village near the Hungarian border, he and his family packed their suitcases and fled the country.
Descendants of Gypsies called the Sirva Roma (a tribe known for its blacksmiths, pottery makers and musicians), they found themselves wandering throughout Poland, Hungary, Austria and Italy, moving from one refugee camp to the next.
A seasoned busker with a headful of ideas, Hutz arrived in Vermont in 1993 through a relocation program. Joining him were his mother, a Gypsy tap dancer/singer, and his father, a butcher by trade who also played guitar in one of the Ukraine's first rock bands.
In 1996 Hutz formed a band called 'Flying Fuck,' an early prototype for what would finally become 'Gogol Bordello,' a Gypsy-driven collective of multi-national punk music. After some time in Vermont, Hutz moved to New York and met what would become the eight-piece lineup of 'Gogol Bordello
Gogol Bordello refers to the 19th Century Ukrainian author Nikolai Gogol and the institution of the bordello with its connotations of erotic pleasure and street vulgarity.
In addition to starring in Everything is Illuminated, Hutz will tour this summer with Gogol Bordello on the 2005 Vans Warped Tour and will release his third full-length album of rock mayhem GYPSY PUNKS: Underdog World Strike (Sideonedummy Records) on Aug. 9. Produced by Steve Albini (Nirvana, Jimmy Page/Robert Plant) GYPSY PUNKS is an expansive 15-track salvo that expands the band's cultural crusade to build a bridge between Gypsy sounds, rock'n'roll and other brands of rebel music.
Gogol Bordello have been critically lauded by the media including The New York Times, Mojo, Fader, Rolling Stone, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Billboard. As well as starring in Everything Is Illuminated, Hutz wrote and performed music for the film's soundtrack together with his brother and several band members who also appear as featured extras in the movie.
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