Hugo's career is very rich and has intertwined several times with the artistic career of his more famous countryman, the already mentioned rock chansonnier Nick Cave. In the first half of the 1980s, Hugo was a member of his band The Bad Seeds, which he co-founded. As a studio guest, however, he occasionally collaborates with Nick Cave until today, as well as other renowned musicians. Since 1989, however, his priority has been the band The True Spirit, with which he has recorded a number of high-quality and always highly rated albums. In 2011 he founded a new band called The Fatalists with Italian musicians.
Hugo Race is a bluesman not only in terms of his roots, but also to a great extent because of his lifestyle. He is a man who is always living "on the road", constantly playing and recording in various places around the globe.