After UCLA Film School, John Leslie Hug studied the intricate rhythms and haunting melodies of Classical Indian Music in Calcutta India. Hug was able to return to Los Angeles in 1974 with a sitar handmade by Hiren Roy and Sons who are still considered the greatest makers of sitars in the world.
In 1975 Hug met Jim Ed Norman who later became President of Warner Bros. Records Nashville. With 2 years Hug was one of the 10 most hired Studio Session Musicians in LA having played on records with Don Henley, Cher, Gregg Allman, Burt Bacharach, Dan Fogelberg, The Temptations, Jennifer Warnes, Jackie DeShannon and many more.
Hug began producing in 1977 and his first project was for the legendary Clive Davis, owner and founder of Arista Records. The project was Commander Cody. After that Hug produced top ten hits with Marty Balin (“Hearts”), Dwight Twilley/Tom Petty duet (“Girls”) as well as songs for the “Ghostbusters”, “Police Academy” and “All the Right Moves” soundtracks.
Hug was inventor of soundbusiness software used by Warner Bros., BMG, PolyGram, MCA Universal, Virgin, Bad Boy, Atlantic, Elektra Entertainment for the purpose of creating and tracking phonograph recording costs. The system also was the first of it’s kind to automate the process of creating AFM and AFTRA recording contracts.