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Underworld Go Live

Dance pioneers talk new material and their first live DJ set at a festival

  • 13/09/2009
  • Victoria Hannaford

Underworld are back - working on fresh material.

One half of the duo, Karl Hyde, told us they were surprised they had time to create new music. “We actually managed to into the studio this week and a little bit last week too, which is unbelievable.

“It’s a miracle. Normally bits of our kit are strewn all over the world, or we’ve got enough time to get back, unpack a case, scratch, and then get back on a plane again.”

Karl explained the outfit had been working with producer Brian Eno in Australia, and while Underworld have enough material to fill 3 albums, they won’t be releasing it that way.

“Right now we don’t want to think about being tied down to an album. Somehow that seems like such an old fashioned concept.

"Right now we don't want to think about being tied down to an album"
Karl Hyde, Underworld

"There’s more energy in making tracks, and putting tracks out, and then reacting to that, and then moving on to the next track. There seems to us a feeling of how we used to put 12 inch singles out."

The dance duo also played their first ever DJ set live at a festival at the Isle of Wight's Bestival last night.

Karl said they had some nerves about playing the slot. "Thankfully when (festival organiser) Rob Da Bank called up and asked us to do it, he did stress we could do it like we do our radio shows. We don’t have to practice our beat-matching skills," he added.

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