An American musician, novelist and actor who has been based in Paris since the late 70s, Theo Hakola is a committed cultural activist.
Born and raised in Spokane, Hakola left the state of Washington in a pursuit of life, liberty and happiness that took him from Guatemala to Spain and New York City to London before finally depositing him in Paris in 1978.
Founded by Hakola in 1980, Orchestre Rouge played extensively in Europe and made two albums with RCA – the first produced by Martin Hannett (Joy Division, The Durutti Column) – before breaking up in 1983.
And then there was Passion Fodder. Formed in 1985 when Hakola signed to Barclay in France and Beggars Banquet in the U.K., the band recorded five albums over a seven-year period.
In 1987, Hakola produced the first record by Noir Désir, Où Veux-Tu Qu'Je R'garde ?, after having convinced Barclay to sign this combo from Bordeaux whose impact on the French music scene would soon assume Nirvana-esque proportions.
In 1989, Passion Fodder moved to Los Angeles where they recorded their fourth and fifth albums – Woke Up This Morning... and What Fresh Hell Is This?– before finally calling it a day in 1991.
Back in Paris, Hakola embarked on a solo career and performed a remarkable series of concerts. Among those seduced: Nick Cave who invited him to open for his Bad Seeds on their European tour.
Recording albums would seem to have taken a back seat to literature as the new century progressed. Hakola completed his first novel in 2000 – The Way of Blood– and soon followed by Blood Streams. He completed his "Blood Trilogy" with The Blood of Souls in 2008.
Returning to what he claims to be his greatest pleasure: making albums, Hakola came back to recording in 2007 with Drunk Women And Sexual Water, an album graced by the presence of Warren Ellis (Dirty Three, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds).
It was followed by what may well be his most beautiful and powerful album to date – This Land Is Not Your Land.