I have been learning more about Hybrid...
and his latest track, Make a Move. He gives me the lowdown on its origins and talks about upcoming plans and the sort of music he grew up around; how he mixes Spanish and Latin sounds into his work and whether there are some rising artists we need to keep a look out for.
I ask Hybrid if there is advice he would give to approaching musicians and how he spends time away from his work; what he would like for Christmas and which song he wants to end the interview on.
Hi, Hybrid. How are you? How has your week been?
I’m great. Still buzzing from the release of my single. It has been a great week producing, training; writing and getting ready for what’s coming.
For those new to your music; can you introduce yourself, please?
Hi. My name is Hybrid. I’m a Latin/Pop and R&B artist. I’m from a little town in Spain called Torrevieja and recently moved to London to work on my music.
Make a Move is your debut single. Is there a story behind it?
It’s a long story but, basically, it’s about me being attracted to this really hot girl and we couldn’t keep our eyes off each other - but we both didn’t make a move, so she left and I thought I’d lost the chance to meet her. Luckily, later she came back so I decided to make the move and talk to her.
While I was talking to her, she kept complimenting me with this and that; saying “You’re so handsome” so I asked her “If you think I’m so handsome, why didn’t you come over and talk to me?” and she replied “It’s not a good look when girls approach guys”. It’s an issue for both sides and there are probably lots of missed opportunities out there. So basically just make a move.
Might we see some more material next year?
I’ve got a couple of new tracks lined up for early-2019 and been working in the studio on new songs with some top producers and writers shaping my sound. So stay tuned!
As a Latin artist who resides in the U.K. and Spain; sings in Spanish and English...do you think that opens you up to worlds and fans other artists are unable to touch?
Yes. It allows me to relate to both English and Spanish listeners and opens up a broader world of creativity to express who I am. Besides, I’ve been listening to Latin and American music most of my life so it’s a part of who I am.
Can you give me an idea of the artists, older and new, who inspire you and compel your own sound?
I was inspired by Michael Jackson, R. Kelly; Usher, Justin Bieber at a young age and, more recently, The Weeknd, Pnb Rock, and Ozuna.
Do you already have plans for 2019?
2019 will be the best year yet! I’m coming back to London to get ready for bigger things to come.
Have you got a favourite memory from your time in music so far – the one that sticks in the mind?
Yeah. My first performance. When I was twelve-years-old, my best friend had this crazy idea of performing at a school singing contest for fun - thinking it wasn’t going to be big. But, when we got there, the entire school was present. So just imagine the experience of a twelve-year-old kid starting his first year of high-school, having no idea if he could sing. But, when I opened my mouth and started singing, everybody went crazy which shocked me because I didn’t realise that I would have that effect on people.
Which three albums mean the most to you would you say (and why)?
There is one particular record that means the world to me and that is Me and My Guitar by Tom Dice, a Belgian artist. It was a gift from my grandma.
As Christmas is coming up; if you had to ask for one present what would it be?
I want a new, shiny Touch Bar MacBook Pro to work on my music and future projects.
If you could support any musician alive today, and choose your own rider, what would that entail?
It would be The Weeknd.
What advice would you give to new artists coming through?
Just keep fighting and do what you want to do in life.
Do you have tour dates coming up? Where can we catch you play?
IN THIS PHOTO: anders
Do you get much time to chill away from music? How do you unwind?
I like to chill doing music but, when I’m not doing music, I’m always skating with my mates.
Finally, and for being a good sport; you can choose a song and I’ll play it here (not any of your music - I will do that).
Me and My Guitar by Tom Dice