Hybrid Man is the electronic music project of Naarm-based duo Julien Huynh and Will Holden. Formed in late 2018, the pair’s live set suspends time - drawing you in deep for a moment of keen introspection before erupting into euphoric electronica. Keenly, the imaginative world induced nods at dance music past and present, where it fuses ambient soundscapes with IDM, 90s trance, dubbed-out house, techno and beyond for an all-immersive and timeless experience.
At the forefront of Hybrid Man’s union is a mutual penchant for hardware-based production. This passion sees the duo side-by-side maneuvering their equipment with the precision of surgeons, championing left-field sonic artifacts, environmental recordings and manually-played improvisatory instrumentation. A patchwork of influences; Hybrid Man have trailblazed the contemporary downtempo meets techno movement in Naarm, peppering their sound to technical finesse with dub-style mixing and effects.
2022 has rounded off Hybrid Man’s mastery with ease, seeing them play at so-called Australia’s most exciting festivals and venues. Earlier this April the duo cut their teeth supporting Floating Points at Freeform, at Hopkin Creek Festival’s newest stage, Magnetic Island Archive at Potato Head in Bali, and are set to go ruckus for a true celebratory festival season up-ahead with forthcoming sets at Tabula Rasa Festival and Animals Dancing x Butter Sessions.
Beyond the hypnotism of their live sets, you can click repeat of their creations that have blessed beloved local imprints including Paper Cuts, Butter Sessions, Soothsayer and a hefty Wax’o Paradiso Recordings release around the bend in 2023.