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Bio

In short

'Versatility' is probably the word that would describe best Endre Huszár's (Endre-eNerd) career: beside being a prolific musician/composer, he is equally well-known as a music journalist, media expert and IT specialist. While playing with many leading Hungarian acts in a wide range of genres from pop, alternative rock to jazz and world music, he formed his own jazz fusion project, The 9:30 Collective in 1995. Meanwhile, he also contributed to other projects as a sound engineer and arranger. A remix he made of one of the songs on the album of his pop band –the Brainwash- made it to the 1996 pop finals of the Billboard song contest, unprecedented in the history of Hungarian pop music. Between 1996 and 2001 he composed music for commercials, theater and various other applications. Meanwhile, over 2000 radio and TV commercials were produced in his studio.
In addition to his musical work, in 1995 he was one of the founding members and until 2000 was the operational director of 92.9 Sztar Radio, which was one of the most successful pioneers of Hungarian commercial broadcasting. From the early 90's he was senior columnist and technical reviewer for Zenész (The Musician) magazine for over 10 years. His interviews with international stars („From Aerosmith to Zawinul", as he often refers to them) were regularly published in print media and were aired on various radio stations.

Subjectively, in detail

"After seven years of piano, at the age of 13 I became a student of Ivan Nesztor, a world class drum instructor, teacher of the Jazz Faculty of the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music. Five years later I was forced to suspend my musical studies for two years, due to arthritis. During this forced rest period, I was admitted to ELTE University and graduated as a Maths and Physics teacher, which later turned out to be a very useful decision."

"Getting a degree in maths and physics and later becoming involved in various IT projects was a great advantage in understanding the technological aspects of music. This became a major influence on my approach to new technologies."

"I joined my first well-known group, Rozsaszin Bombazok (Pink Bombers), in the late eighties, then for a short while I played with an offspring of Kontroll Csoport (one of the most influential Hungarian underground groups), Keleti Feny (Eastern Lights).

In 1989 I joined one of the most prestigeous Hungarian progressive rock groups, Mini, with flutist-singer Adam Török. Together, we toured around Switzerland, Austria and Hungary and recorded one album.

In 1990 I moved to London for two years, where I met British saxophonist-singer Sandra Grant, known from Soul II Soul and the Reggae Philharmonic Orchestra. Once back home, we founded the Brainwash with Sandra and released an album for Hungaroton. A remix I made of one of the CD's songs (Taking Life For Granted ) made it to the 1996 pop finals of the Billboard song contest, unprecedented in the history of Hungarian pop music.

My jazz fusion project, The 9:30 Collective came to life in 1995. I also did a lot of studio work for various pop compositions and a tour with the Hungarian World Music Orchestra. Meanwhile, I also contributed as a sound engineer and arranger to some of my friends' productions (P+H Connection, Pal Vasvari (bass) and Bernard Maseli (vibraphone), Janos Nagy, Enikö Almasi and others).

Between 1996 and 2001 I composed music for commercials and various other applications. Meanwhile, we produced over 2000 radio and TV ads in the studio we founded with two partners.

In 2001 I composed music for the TV version of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew filmed at Katona Jozsef theatre in Kecskemet (ft. Juli Basti, director Tamas Puskas).

In addition to my musical work, from the early 90's I was senior columnist and technical writer for Zenész (The Musician) magazine for over 10 years. During this period I made interviews with at least one hundred internationally known musicians in various genres (from "Aerosmith to Zawinul"). Beside their print version many of the interviews were also aired on various radio stations.

In 1995 I became one of the founding members and until 2000 was operational director of 92.9 Sztar Radio, which was one of the most successful pioneers of Hungarian commercial broadcasting. I now publish CD reviews and interviews in Gramofon magazine. These past few years, apart from a few concerts with Desney Bailey (Sziget Festival 2001-2003), I've dedicated my musical time to the 9:30 Collective, KAOSZ Központ and the !Endre-eNerd! solo project."