Karl Hyde

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Karl Hyde
Hyde in the foreground, with Rick Smith behind and Darren Price on the far right, performing as Underworld
Background information
Birth name Karl Hyde
Born (1957-05-10) May 10, 1957 (age 58)
Worcester, Worcestershire, England
Origin Romford, Essex, England
Genres Techno, house, trance, electronica
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vocals, guitars, synthesizers
Years active 1980 - present
Associated acts Underworld
Website Official website

Karl Hyde (born May 10, 1957 in Worcester), is a member of the highly successful techno and house band Underworld.


Hyde is well known for providing lead vocals for 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.

In 1983 they recorded two albums for CBS Records International with a proto-electroclash, new romantic band, whose name was a graphic squiggle, which was soon given a pronunciation, Freur.

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 and only original serving members of the musical project and are still together performing today. He is a self-confessed former alcoholic[citation needed], and has been the writer for many of their songs.

He states that the lyrics in the song Born Slippy .NUXX were like that of a drunk, as he was when he was writing the high selling single.

Solo career[edit]

In January 2013 he announced release date for his debut solo album.[1] It was called Edgeland and it was released worldwide on 22 April that year.[2] It was co-produced by Leo Abrahams.[3]

In 2014 Hyde collaborated with English musician and record producer Brian Eno on the album Someday World.[4] The first single from this album, "The Satellites", was released in March 2014.[5] 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).[6]


Various songs written by Karl Hyde for Underworld have appeared in many movies, including:

Personal life[edit]

Hyde has stated his favourite town as Romford, yet he has lived in 12 different cities, including many in the United States.


  1. ^ "Underworld’s Karl Hyde announces solo album Edgeland: stream the first track inside". FACT Magazine. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Karl Hyde to release first solo album". Chaos Control. 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Geslani, Michelle (24 January 2013). "Underworld’s Karl Hyde announces solo debut album, Edgeland". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Blistein, Jon (4 March 2014). "Brian Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde Launch 'The Satellites'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Minsker, Evan (4 March 2014). "Listen: Brian Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde: "The Satellites"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Henry, Dusty. "Brian Eno and Karl Hyde announce new album, High Life, stream "DBF"". Retrieved 29 May 2014. 

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