Gogol Bordello is a band formed in 1999 in the United States. It has always brought to the stage a mix of different sounds and musical rhythms—punk, gypsy music, rock, hip-hop, reggae—and connects, in a harmonious and at the same time explosive way, cultures that are very distant from each other. This is the strength and soul of the group, of which Eugene Hütz—born in Ukraine in 1972—is the singer and the founding leader. Eugene Hütz is also an actor. In particular, he co-starred with Elijah Wood in Everything Is Illuminated, written and directed by Liev Schreiber (2005), and is the protagonist of Madonna’s directorial debut Filth and Wisdom (2008).

Valentina Antoniol: Thank you, Eugene, for this interview that you are granting us for the Journal of Asia-Pacific Pop Culture. Being interviewed is obviously not new to you. However, what I would like to try to bring out in...

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