Hugo who is known in New York as the next rising star, announces the release of his new hit single “8 or 9”, which is off his forth­com­ing EP.  I had the oppor­tun­ity to chop it up with the young artist about his new single, the inside scoop on his new EP, and his plan to become a chart top­per!


MJ:  Before we get to what fans have been anti­cip­at­ing, let’s take it back a bit.  As a teen­ager you were quite the loc­al celebrity win­ning tal­ent con­tests and even cre­at­ing music in the stu­di­os. How did music first enter your life?  At what point did the epi­phany hit that this was not just a hobby to pass time?

Hugo: It’s always been a part of my life. I remem­ber as far back as 5 years old singing along to the radio and get­ting pos­it­ive feed­back from adults say­ing that I soun­ded good. In High School I real­ized I could pos­sibly do this as a career.

MJ: You have quite the unique style of singing and your voice crosses over into many genres of music.  Although that’s an incred­ible tal­ent, do you find it more chal­len­ging to be accep­ted into the world of Hip Hop and R&B?

Hugo: I think real fans of music across all genres will accept my style over­all. I’m from New York City where there are so many styles, cul­tures, and types of music. All of that con­trib­utes and reflects my own style.

MJ: Ideally in the music scene the main goal is to become a house­hold name, world­wide! What steps are you tak­ing to achieve that?  Do you think that ties in at all with being recept­ive to artist devel­op­ment and guid­ance from past music vet­er­ans?

Hugo: My main goal is to make great music, everything else is sec­ond­ary to me.

MJ: Ok let’s talk music! You have a hit single titled “8 or 9” which is off your forth­com­ing EP. Can you share some inside scoop about the EP, without giv­ing too much away?

Hugo: Without giv­ing too much away, it’s a sea of melody and eclecticism.

MJ: Now tell us about “8 or 9”, from the idea to the evolve­ment, to the final product.

Hugo: “8 or 9” pays homage to the late 90’s and early 2000’s of R&B. Ori­gin­ally that was my only idea but it evolved into a feel good sum­mer anthem.

MJ: Although still very early in your career, you have already worked with quite a few industry mix­ers. What major artists would you like to col­lab­or­ate with or share the stage with?

Hugo: I like the guys I work with now and I would enjoy to share the stage with them.

MJ:  Take us on stage with Hugo…Give us three words to describe your stage pres­ence.

Hugo: elec­tri­fy­ing, hyp­not­iz­ing, and Oreos! (ha-ha)

MJ:  What is it about your style and flow that sep­ar­ates you from oth­er artists?

Hugo: I’m approach­able, humble, and hon­est. Every­one can relate to my music.

MJ: As we wrap up let’s give the fans a peak into your per­son­al side.  Where would you like to tour? Who’s in your per­son­al playl­ist? Who inspires Hugo?

Hugo: I would like to tour glob­ally on cruise ships as well as on air­planes… big ones like 747’s! But ser­i­ously I’m open to tour­ing all over the world one day, I haven’t seen most of it yet! My per­son­al playl­ist var­ies but a little sample would be Ryan Leslie, Sys­tem of a Down, The Car­penters, and MJ’s “Off the Wall” album.  As for inspir­a­tion that comes from my loved ones and their determ­in­a­tion to suc­ceed in a world where the odds are stacked against them.

MJ: Is there any­thing else you would like to share with the world?

Hugo: More of my music as that’s the best way I know how to express myself. It’s always been like that. You wouldn’t know how I was feel­ing if we shared a con­ver­sa­tion, but if you hear one of my songs you’d know exactly what’s going on with me.

MJ: Much con­tin­ued suc­cess your way, salute!

Hugo: Thanks MJ!

Listen to “8 or 9” below. 

Fol­low Hugo @hugo_sings



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MJ Savino

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MJ is Hip Hop Blog­ger, Pub­li­cist, Book­ing Agent, Act­iv­ist, but fan first and fore­most. “Hip Hop saved my life, it is only right I give back to the cul­ture”!

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MJ Savino
MJ is Hip Hop Blogger, Publicist, Booking Agent, Activist, but fan first and foremost. "Hip Hop saved my life, it is only right I give back to the culture"!