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 |
Worcester, Worcestershire, England
|Origin||Romford, Essex, England|
|Genres||Techno, house, trance, electronica|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitars, synthesizers|
|Years active||1980 - present|
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.
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, 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:
- Wild Orchid (1989)
- Hackers (1995)
- Trainspotting (1996)
- Batman & Robin (1997)
- A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
- The Beach (2000)
- Kevin & Perry Go Large (2000)
- It's All Gone Pete Tong (2004)
- The Jinx (2015)
- "Underworld’s Karl Hyde announces solo album Edgeland: stream the first track inside". FACT Magazine. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
- "Karl Hyde to release first solo album". Chaos Control. 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
- Geslani, Michelle (24 January 2013). "Underworld’s Karl Hyde announces solo debut album, Edgeland". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
- Blistein, Jon (4 March 2014). "Brian Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde Launch 'The Satellites'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
- Minsker, Evan (4 March 2014). "Listen: Brian Eno and Underworld's Karl Hyde: "The Satellites"". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
- Henry, Dusty. "Brian Eno and Karl Hyde announce new album, High Life, stream "DBF"". Retrieved 29 May 2014.