Hyde in the foreground, with Rick Smith behind and Darren Price on the far right, performing as Underworld
|Birth name||Karl Hyde|
May 10, 1957 |
|Years active||1980 - present|
Karl Hyde (born May 10, 1957, in Worcester), is the frontman of the highly successful house music and electronica band Underworld. He is known for his distinct voice, which has become famous in Ibiza tracks and many other clubs globally.
Hyde is well known for providing vocals in every song by Underworld. He founded the group along with Rick Smith. Karl had a pop band, the Screen Gemz and badgered Rick Smith into joining whilst at Cardiff art college.
Freur disbanded in 1986. In 1987 members of Freur created the band Underworld and tried a more guitar-orientated funky electropop sound on two albums for Sire Records before disbanding in 1990. (The Underworld of that period is now often referred to as "Underworld Mk1").
Hyde and Smith are the longest serving members of the musical project and are still together performing today. He is a self-confessed alcoholic, and has been the writer for many of their songs.
In 2014 Hyde collaborated with English musician and record producer Brian Eno on the album Someday World. The first single from this album. "The Satellites". was released in March 2014. Within weeks of the album's release, it was announced that a second album, High Life, would be released on 30 June (1 July in North America).
Various songs written by Karl Hyde for Underworld have appeared in many movies, including:
- Kevin and Perry Go Large
- It's All Gone Pete Tong
- Wild Orchid
- A Life Less Ordinary
- The Beach
- The Matrix
- Batman & Robin
Hyde has stated his favourite town as Romford, yet he has lived in 12 different cities, including many in the US. He has also visited almost 25 other places, all of which have varied in his attraction to them.
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- Henry, Dusty. "Brian Eno and Karl Hyde announce new album, High Life, stream "DBF"". Retrieved 29 May 2014.