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 co-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 solely managed the Australian branch of esteemed German based record label Century Media (Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil) for 16 years from 1998 to early 2014.
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. They’ve toured Australia many times as well as performed in Bangkok & Vietnam.
In June 2012 Haug revealed his plan to create the first ever 24/7 dedicated rock and metal online radio station in Australia, AndrewHaug.com.
The station was officially launched on November 20, 2012.