Last updated: 18 November 2008
Chris Healings, Lee Mullins and Mike Trueman got together in the 1990s Swansea dance scene.
The trio bonded over their experiences in the Swansea acid house scene, but also over their love of soundtrack composers like John Barry and an interest in classical composition.
- Chris Healings
- Mike Trueman
- Lee Mullins
Hybrid's formative years were spent in a studio, where the group fastidiously learnt their production skills, churning out remixes and honing their dancefloor skills in a handful of singles that caught the ear of DJs including Sasha and John Digweed.
The break came when Trueman got a job working as an engineer in London, where a handful of Hybrid's tracks caught the imagination of Distinct'ive Records. Shunning the conventional approach, Hybrid chose to record their debut album in Moscow with session singer Julee Cruise and the 90-strong Russian Federal Orchestra.
The result was a debut album, 1999's Wide Angle, that blended slick dancefloor sounds with an cinematic, organic feel. The album was popular in the States, where Healings and Trueman were asked to piece together a live act to support Moby on the US leg of his Play tour - an outing that saw Hybrid shift over 100,000 copies of their own album.
The pair are also in demand as remixers - they've tweaked the knobs on tracks for Alanis Morrisette, Radiohead, Moby, and 808 State - some of which have been collected together on 2001's Remix And Additional Production By... collection.