Hughes was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1968. He was a founding
member of Once Upon A Time and also of Hugo Race & The True Spirit.
He also played with John Murphy (Death In June) in the seminal
Melbourne pre-Grunge post punk noise band Slub. Since arriving in
Europe in 1989 he has played and recorded with Nina Hagen, Mick Harvey,
Nikki Sudden, Ralf Goldkind, Rowland S. Howard, Lydia Lunch, and many
His unique style of explosive yet well-anchored syncopations leaves its
unmistakable mark on every project in which he participates. Hughes is
currently working on his solo project Hughes Leisure Group, some tracks
of which appear on the CD "Wet Dream" by Hugo Race & The True
He was also a member of the Berlin-based Industrial-Ambient collective
Snowcrash, and plays with the psychedelic garage band The Methylated
In 2011 Chris and Phil Shoenfelt formed Dim Locator. Having played
together for twelve years in Fatal Shore, they still wanted to
collaborate, but felt it would be impossible to continue Fatal Shore
without Bruno Adams, who was unique and irreplaceable. Therefore Dim
Locator was born which takes the music of Fatal Shore into a heavier,
more psychedelic/Industrial Noise direction. The band has since
released several vinyl recordings on labels such as Moloko + and Cover
Recordings of Vienna.
Chris also contributed an essay to the literary compendium City Primeval.