Andrew Haug

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Andrew Haug
Born September
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation Radio presenter
Musician
Known for Full Metal Racket
Triple J
Website
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Andrew Haug is a radio announcer and heavy metal musician from Melbourne, Australia. He is one of the most prominent figures on Australia's largely underground heavy metal scene.

Haug started his radio career doing the heavy metal music program The Hard Report for Melbourne community radio station 3RRR. He was most notable as the presenter of the heavy metal music program Full Metal Racket (formerly 3 Hours of Power and currently The Racket) on Australian alternative music radio station Triple J, which he hosted from 2001 to 2011.[1][2] He has stated that he did not leave Triple J by his choosing.[3]

Haug also plays drums with outfit Contrive, which also features his identical twin brother Paul Haug on lead vocals/guitar.

In 2002, Haug was convinced by notorious Australian media prankster/comedian John Safran (a long-time friend of his and a former colleague at 3RRR) to appear on his SBS television series John Safran's Music Jamboree. His appearance involved a Christian psychic who monitored him during a radio broadcast and at a Contrive live gig, claiming she could see "dark spirits" who were supposedly attracted to him due to his interest in heavy metal music.

Andrew has also been a guest programmer for the ABC's music video show Rage as well as MTV Headbangers Ball.

Early years[edit]

Andrew was born in Melbourne, Victoria, along with twin brother Paul.

Career[edit]

Andrew Haug is one of the most recognised and respected media figures in the Australian heavy music scene.

For the past 20 years he has worked in radio, starting in 1993 with a local demo segment on Melbourne’s 3RRRFM Metal Show. Before long, Haug had become the lead host of the show, handling all facets of the program including interviews with several hundred local and international artists right up until leaving the station for a new opportunity.

In 2001 he became the host of Triple J’s national weekly metal program, “Full Metal Racket”. Over his decade-long run he conducted a staggering 612 interviews with the likes of James Hetfield (Metallica), Ozzy Osbourne, Maynard James Keenan (Tool), Ronnie James Dio (R.I.P), Rob Halford (Judas Priest), and even interviewed Steve Harris of Iron Maiden onboard their very own plane, Edforce One. Known for his incredible drive, dedication and enthusiasm to both music and broadcasting, Haug once convinced JJJ management to do a live seven-hour straight metal radio marathon.

Haug has also extended his love of metal into TV broadcasting. In 1995 he hosted a local TV music show on Channel 31, “Metal Vision”. This lasted over two years, and included local and international interviews with the likes of Fear Factory and Deicide, as well as general music discussion. In 2001 he hosted the long standing national TV music show “Rage”, handpicking five hours of his favourite rock and metal video clips, and in 2006 hosted a four-hour special on MTV’s “Headbanger’s Ball” dedicated to the acts on that year’s Gigantour festival.

Haug has also dabbled in writing, submitting music columns to Kerrang! Australia, Roadrunner Australia’s Outsider Magazine, plus weekly metal music columns for various street press magazines.

He is currently the sole label manager at the Australian branch of esteemed German based record label Century Media (Arch Enemy, Suicide Silence, Lacuna Coil, Architects) since 1998.

When not dominating the airwaves, Haug manages and plays drums for heavy hitting trio Contrive, the band he formed with his twin brother Paul in 1999. They have released two EPs and two albums to date, and toured with the likes of Machine Head, Opeth, Stone Sour, Cavalera Conspiracy, Testament, Sepultura, Soilwork, Mayhem, Skinlab, Parkway Drive and more.

In June 2012 Haug revealed his plan to create the first ever 24/7 dedicated rock and metal online radio station in Australia, http://AndrewHaug.com.

The station was officially launched on November 20, 2012.

[4][5] He has stated that he did not leave Triple J by his choosing.[6]

2012–present[edit]

Haug was axed from The Racket after a decade long stint with the station, he then went on to build and launch Australia's Only Dedicated 24/7 Rock Metal Radio Station streaming live via his website http://andrewhaug.com.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Haug, Andrew. "10 years, 612 Interviews, tonnes of riffs". THE RACKET Facebook page. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "triple j farewells Haugy from The Racket \m/". Music News. Triple J. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "triple j’s The Racket is on the hunt for a new host". Sludge Factory. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  4. ^ Haug, Andrew. "10 years, 612 Interviews, tonnes of riffs". THE RACKET Facebook page. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "triple j farewells Haugy from The Racket \m/". Music News. Triple J. Retrieved 30 December 2011. 
  6. ^ "triple j’s The Racket is on the hunt for a new host". Sludge Factory. Retrieved 30 December 2011.