Hybrid's love for exploring, expanding,
and crossing musical boundaries shows
inherently in their follow-up to the highly
acclaimed 1999 release, "Wide Angle".
Knowing how to instinctively develop melodic
melodies and harmonies - and then knowing
how to meld them using organic and electronic
sound design layered over mesmerizing
rhythms - is what Hybrid is all about.
Hybrid is the UK-based production and
remixing duo consisting of the intelligent
and creative core-founding members Mike
Truman and Chris Healing. Fall 2003 welcomes
their highly anticipated second full-length
artist album entitled "Morning Sci-Fi".
Listen to our
HYBRID interview in QuickTime
For "Morning Sci-Fi", Hybrid
collaborated with such well-known artists
as Peter Hook (of New Order fame), NYC-based
DJ/Remixer John Creamer, Kirsty Hawkshaw,
and The Hermitage String Orchestra from
St Petersburg, Russia. Hybrid's upcoming
live band tour this fall in support of
"Morning Sci-Fi" is sure to
be nothing short of spectacular and will
include Hybrid's new contributing member,
vocalist/guitarist Andrew Taylor.
Below are some highlights from Jules
Mari's in-person audio interview with
Hybrid, held in Boston during their stopover
for a DJ performance at Axis.
Mike Truman: Have you found the
hidden track? Put it in the CD player
and hit rewind on the first track - so
before the start - this is what it means
if you get it in the right player. It
won't work on PCs and Macs because they
just see from one ID to another. But if
you play it on a home stereo - it doesn't
work on CDJ 1000s either, which is a bit
weird. But if you play it on a normal
car hi-fi or home hi-fi or something like
that, hit rewind, it goes back six and
a half minutes and there's a whole hidden
track in there.
Jules Mari: How did
you guys author that (CD)?
Mike Truman: Our mastering engineer,
we found one on a Soul Wax rock album.
We're like, how'd they do that? Oh, it's
easy, you just move the ID point there,
and you do. We're actually doing another
"Remix and Additional" at the
end of the year we're just trying to work
some mixes out now. So, we're chasing
like hell, we're chasing um... Perry Farrell's
band, Jane's Addiction. We're trying to
get a mix from them, but it looks like
we should be doing hopefully "Super
Furry Animals" as well, and we've
been asked initially to do a Placebo mix.
We're really just aiming for kind of rock
bands like that. A friend of ours James
Lavell did um, Queens of the Stone Age
and that mix is just out of control, it's
so good, it's really brilliant. So, we're
like, awe, you're doing rock bands now,
we wanna be doing that. So we rung our
manager up and were like, "please,
try and sort it out for us." He's
on their case at the moment. Hopefully
it'll turn out a really nice Remix and
additionally, we really want to do one.
The remixes that you do, are they
mostly ones that you seek out that you
want to do?
Mike Truman: These days, to be
honest, just 'cause you find tracks that
we really like. We chased Radiohead for
ages, and they were like, nah, nah 'cause
we wanted to do something before "Kid
A" came out. I was driving around
in L.A. with Ken and Scott from Crystal
Method staying with them for a couple
of days and it came on the radio and we
were like, what the fuck is this? It was
"Everything In It's Right Place"
track, I said take me to Tower Records
now straight, I've got to get this CD
and as soon as we got back, we started
working on the mix. So, we did that one.
I mean, we actually sent it to them. They
were like, we love it, we think it's great,
but we don't need to release it. We just
got a Grammy, we've got number one album
in the U.S. and the U.K., don't need to
release it. We're like, "we do!"
Do you guys still play that out?
Chris Healings: Yeah, it's one
of the old mixes that we still actually
If you did want to release that yourself,
would you be able to get authorization
to be able do that?
Mike Truman: No, I think you could
probably. Somebody's bootlegged it already
and sold like 5,000 copies of it. It's
probably the best remix we've ever done.
We'd probably be able to license it for
The artist you worked with on Morning
Sci-Fi, how did you come about working
Mike Truman: Adam, we basically
found him through a friend of ours that
works at a record label. This guy called
Rob Dwight. Now Adam used to be in production
in Warner Brothers in London and the guy
that does our production - you know, the
actual manufacturer of the CDs and organizing
and all that. They got exactly the same
job just in different companies so they
got to know each other and wound up giving
Adam this tape. We did like it and appreciate
it, but it wasn't what we were after...
but then we listened to it six months
Chris Healings: Yeah, we didn't
really know what we were after at that
Mike Truman: Yeah, exactly, we
were a bit kind of like, going a bit this
way, and then that way. But then we listened
to it six months later we were like, God
he's brilliant! Come down to the studio.
So he came down for one weekend and we
were just sitting. The studio's a real
old kind of country cottage in the middle
of Welsh countryside it's lovely, pretty
relaxed. So Adam comes down, he's got
a couple of cups of coffee, and he's strumming
his guitar at like three o'clock in the
morning with the door open and he just
played us all these new tracks: "Oh
I've been working on this, been working
on that, what do you think of this one."
We're like, it's fuckin' brilliant. So
we picked about four or five that we really
liked and then got him upstairs and got
him to record it against a click - then
sent him packing. (laughs) And as soon
as his back was turned, we put some really
filthy noises underneath it. (laughs)
Now when you come back for the live
tour are you going to be performing live?
Chris Healings: Oh, yeah, Adam's
from like strictly a non-dance background,
so he'd never heard of us before. He hadn't
been to dance nightclubs, he's strictly
from the Indie guitarist vocalist point
Mike Truman: But he's a lovely
guy though, he's from Birmingham, just
The Sasha Putnam thing, did you guys
collaborate with him on this record, too?
Mike Truman: Not on this one,
no, Sasha's off playing bass with Bush.
He's rocking out with Bush at the moment,
he's one of Gavin Rossdale's closest mates.
hear the complete interview,
click to listen to Jules
& Kevin's audio!
Be sure to pick up Hybrid's "Morning
Sci-Fi" and check them out during
their live performance tour this fall.
-- Interview, feature story, and
audio editing by Jules Mari and Kevin