Name: HUGO
Location: Manchester, UK


My name’s Hugh Royle and I’m from Manchester, UK. I started producing about a year ago after I’d graduated from university. At the start, I had no clue what I was doing and nearly gave up several times but after a few months, I launched HUGO. After learning the basics, I started to post a lot of disco-edits to my page, which really helped in me gaining some followers.

I’ve recently hit 1,000 followers and plan to move away from Disco. When Zone Focus approached me to do this, I thought it’d be a really great opportunity for people to get to know me a little better. The track I’ve made for this series is a very drum heavy take on Big City by Masta Ace from his amazing album “A Long Hot Summer” – really looking forward to hearing what everyone thinks of it.

Favourite tracks

A few that I have on repeat at the moment…


Which came first for you, producing or DJing?
Do you prefer one medium more over the other?

DJing came first for me purely because producing had never crossed my mind until I graduated from university. I found myself to have way more time on my hands and I’d also been sucked into the whole lo-fi thing and felt really inspired to have a stab at making my own tunes. To be honest, I don’t DJ much so I’d have to say I prefer producing. My style is definitely changing and I’m looking forward to seeing where it ends up next.

How did you learn how to produce?

The Internet – I remember trying to incorporate something new into every track I made from the go-ahead. I think that’s the benefit of starting with DJing because I knew what was going on in terms of timings and structure, so when I eventually got into Logic it was just a case of using sites like Youtube to find out how to do the specific stuff. 

How would you describe your production style and overall sound?

I guess the best way I’d describe my sound and style is sample and drum heavy. I’m trying to move away from having a disco-house sound but obviously, a lot of the earlier tracks I posted are disco-edits. I have a lot of unreleased original tracks which I’m going to spread and maybe release over the next year – keep your eyes and ears peeled!


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