Steve Hutensky was born on April 8th 1961. He was raised in a conservative family where he had to work hard to stay true to himself and not toe the line. Steve attended UCLA where his passion for music led him to a degree in mathematics and philosophy. His first public performance was playing with an all-female punk band at Wetlands called the Vikings, after which he moved into his own place with a few other couples that he knew from the band. They remained friends over the years, never falling out of touch or having any major conflicts that might have stopped them from communicating or even seeing each other again.

Hutensky started to perform solo in 1985, when he played at the Los Angeles gay and lesbian benefit show Night of the Long Knives for his close friend Bob Humphreys, who was dying that night of AIDS. It was there that he met the man who would become his musical partner for the next decade: Mark Andersen. Working together as a duo, Andersen and Hutensky released three albums: “Hut”, “American Wire” and “Latex Vampire”. The initial success of their records brought them to tour with alternative rock musicians such as Butthole Surfers, Sonic Youth and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. During this period Hutensky also began to record and perform with underground punk bands like the Bruisers, Mr. Quintron and the Blue-Eyed Devils, as well as other artists in genres as diverse as psychedelic rock, country music and heavy metal.

In 1987 on tour with Mr. Quintron & The Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo (which consisted of Mark Andersen on bass, Daniel Johnston on drums and Quintron on vocals), Steve Hutensky was introduced to the band’s manager, Skip Groff. Made Up Stories was started in 1991 as a duo between Hutensky and Groff.

It was during this period that Steve Hutensky became immersed in his audiophile passion, as they would frequently DJ together at their home. In the late ’90s he began recording original music under the name Made Up Stories and two albums were subsequently released. In addition, Steve performed live with Mark Andersen (as well as with his own recording projects).

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