Published on September 14th, 2021 | by Darren Paltrowitz


THE HU’s Gala & Jaya On Metal, U.S. Touring, Mongolia’s Music Scene, Kalmykia & “Star Wars”

Founded in 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, THE HU — comprised of producer Dashka along with members Gala, Jaya, Temka and Enkush — is a modern rock group rooted in the tradition of their homeland. The band’s name translates to the Mongolian root word for “human being,” and its unique approach blends instruments like the Morin Khuur (horsehead fiddle), Tovshuur (Mongolian guitar), Tumur Khuur (jaw harp) and throat-singing with contemporary sounds, creating a unique sonic profile that they call “Hunnu Rock.” Simply put, you probably have not heard anyone like THE HU before.

Proving massive global appeal, THE HU has sold out venues across the world in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, with scheduled 2021 festival appearances at Coachella, Lollapalooza, Download Festival. The group has also grabbed the attention of the industry, leading to collaborations with Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix and Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale, public praise from Sir Elton John, and a request from Metallica to record music for the Special 30th Anniversary Black Album Reissue Covers Project. Meanwhile, the band has also written and recorded music for EA Games’ Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order video game. All the while, THE HU’s debut album — 2019‘s The Gereg — has accumulated over 250 million combined streams and video views to date, with a highly-anticipated sophomore album scheduled for an early 2022 release via industry-leading record label Better Noise Music.

On September 14, 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with THE HU’s Gala and Jaya via Zoom, as embedded below. More on the band can be found online by clicking here, here, here and here.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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