Hugh Hardie first joined the party at the start of 2014, when his track ‘Tearing Me Apart’ was used to celebrate Hospital Records’ landmark birthday on their ‘We Are 18’ compilation. The Cambridge-born, now Bristol-based virtuoso was exclusively signed to the roster a year later with the release of his EP ‘City Soul’, which set the precedent for his bright and uplifting liquid productions. While Hospital veterans High Contrast, Nu:Tone and Logistics have all had an enduring impact on Hugh’s musical style, his influences stretch far and wide beyond drum & bass into the realms of jazz and neo-soul to include artists like Robert Glasper and Erykah Badu. The year 2017 saw Hugh Hardie truly put his stamp across the drum & bass world with his highly regarded debut album ‘Colourspace’. The LP featured collaborations with other emerging artists such as GLXY and Pola & Bryson and received DJ and radio support across the scene to this day. Hugh Hardie’s second studio album ‘Shadows & Silhouettes’ was released in 2019 to further critical acclaim from fans and peers alike, offering a refined follow up to the musical themes of his earlier releases. In addition to various compilation singles and remixes he has also had music featured on the Hospital radio station in Microsoft’s iconic racing game Forza Horizon.
In 2020 Hugh released his ‘7 Tunes In 7 Days’ project, which was written during his period of lockdown isolation in April and wowed the drum & bass community. The producer set himself a challenge to write a new track from scratch every day for a week, and the outcome was nothing short of spectacular. For what would be a daunting process for many creatives, Hugh explained that the time limit “made it impossible to procrastinate or overthink decisions”. ‘7 Tunes In 7 Days’ illustrates the beauty of creativity in times of uncertainty and received support from legendary figures including LTJ Bukem and Sub Focus.
Over the years Hugh has built a loyal following and earned himself top DJ spots across Europe’s biggest events including Glastonbury, Sun & Bass and Liquicity Festival as well as Hospitality events Hospitality in the Park and Hospitality on the Beach. Whilst we patiently wait for live shows to resume, Hugh has kept busy in the studio cooking up more magic for his second release of 2020 – the ‘Learning To Fly’ EP, which features collaborations with DJ Marky and vocalist Cimone. Outside of music, you’ll be able to find Hugh tearing things up on his skateboard, which comes as naturally to him as production. And if he’s not at the skatepark, catch him rustling up an array of deliciously irresistible meals in the kitchen of his home in Bristol, joined by the sweet and wholesome company of his cat Gretchen.