In his younger years, Hussey was inspired by Marc Bolan and his band T.Rex. He rebelled against his religious parents, who wanted him to become a missionary. Instead he became a musician. After he gained fame as part of the dance-pop band Dead or Alive, things went fast and he became a key figure in the goth-rock scene. Together with Julianne Regan he released an album called Curious in 2011, which he followed up with almost entirely acoustic Songs of Candlelight & Razorblades.