THE PRODIGY FANBOY INTERVIEWS LIAM HOWLETT

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THE PRODIGY FANBOY INTERVIEWS LIAM HOWLETT
THE PRODIGY FANBOY INTERVIEWS LIAM HOWLETT

Fanboy: You guys just wrapped up the Australian Tour. How was your experience down here, What were your highlights?

Liam: YO WE ALLWAYS COMIN TO AUSTRALIA , WE HAVE BEEN COMIN FOR YEARS AND THE PEOPLE ARE PARTY PEOPLE THAT ARE UP FOR A GOOD TIME ,, WE ALLWAYS SEEM TO HAVE TOO MANY DAYS OFF IN BETWEEN THE SHOWS THOU SO THIS TIME I SET UP A STUDIO IN HOTEL ROOM SO I COULD CARRY ON WORKING,, I THINK WE ALL LIKED THE SYDNEY AND MELBOURNE SHOWS THE BEST BUT THEY ALL ROCKED

Fanboy: How did the Azealia Banks collab on stage with Keith during Firestarter come about, what did you think of the outcome? I personally think it was massive and intense!

Liam: KEEF WENT TO HER SOLO SHOW AND HUNG OUT , WE KNEW SHE IS INTO OUR BAND AND SHE DOES A COVER VERSION OF FIRESTARTER IN HER SET SO WE JUST ASKED HER SPUR OF THE MOMENT IF SHE WANTED TO COME ONSTAGE , WE DONT USUALLY DO THINGS LIKE THAT BUT IT WAS SPONTANIOUS AND FUN

Fanboy: Australians got their first taste of Jetfighter & AWOL. Jetfighter sounds amazing! Really dig it. AWOL was later removed from the set list during the tour. Is this because the set list is becoming too long or have you decided to put the track away…?

Liam: I THINK THERE WERE SOME TECHNICAL PROBLEMS AT ONE GIG WITH THE LIGHTS SO WE TOOK IT OUT BECAUSE WE HAD TO CUT SET SHORT ,,, ITS ALSO STILL WORK IN PROGRESS SO I WILL WORK ON IT FURTHER BEFORE WE COMMIT TO IT BEING PART OF NEW RECORD , ALSO JETFIGHTER IS JUST IN ITS FIRST STAGE SO IM BACK IN STUDIO WORKING ON THAT TOO TO SEE IF IT MEETS THE LEVEL FOR ALBUM

Fanboy: At your milestone gig at Milton Keynes, no tracks from Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned were played. I personally love Spitfire and Girls live. Did these tracks not get played because you felt AONO wasn’t a band album?

Liam: NO NOT AT ALL , I THOUGHT WE PLAYED SPITFIRE , HA HA ITS ALLWAYS HARD TO KEEN EVERYBODY HAPPY AND WE CANT PLAY THEM ALL . LIKE THESE GIGS WE DECIDED TO ROCK UP HYPERSPEED AND PLAY THAT INSTEAD OF SPITFIRE , WHICH WE LUV

Fanboy: The Worlds On Fire CD / DVD is missing World’s On Fire, Poison, Mindfields, Diesel Power, No Good and Charly. What was the decision behind this?

Liam: NO REASON , I THINK MAYBE IT WAS TOO LONG , I CANT REMEMBER

Fanboy: Many of us hardcore fans still have hope for the following tracks to be released: Heat Wave, Dead Ken Beats, Wake Up Call Full Vocal version with Kool Keith, No Souvenirs, Memphis Bells AONO demo mix version, Gabba, Rock n Roll. Will any of these ever see the light of day? Say for example. As B-sides, downloads on the site, EP, Rarities album…

Liam: PARTS OF HEATWAVE ARE ACTUALLY ON A NEW SONG IM WRITING , I CANT SEE NO SOUV EVER COMING OUT , D K BEAT WILL DEFO BE A B-SIDE ON NEW MATERIAL , I MIGHT EMAIL YOU THE DEMO VERSION OF MEMPHIS BELLS IF I CAN DIG IT OUT ,,

Fanboy: Martin James mentioned another book, is this still going ahead and if so, when are we likely to see it?

Liam: DONT KNOW ABOUT THAT ,

Fanboy: Are core tracks of the new album written and can we hear those live any time soon?

Liam: MORE ‘HARDCORE’ THAN ‘CORE’ HA HA , YEAH WE PLAN TO PLAY THINGS AS THEY ARE WRITTEN NOW

Fanboy: How is the progress going on How To Steal A Jetfighter, has the theme for it gone into a combination of Jetfighter and Circus?

Liam: YOU HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT THE BACKDROPS ONSTAGE HAVNT YOU ! WE LIKE TO KEEP THINGS MOVING AND AS THE TRACKS GET FINISHED THE IMAGERY WILL BE DICTATED BY THAT,, THE TWISTED CIRCUS STUFF CAME FROM OUR END OF WORLD SHOWS AT BRIXTON IN DEC SO WE LIKED TO ROLL WITH THAT IN AUSTRALIA

Fanboy: There was talks of a isolated single maybe happening. Is this still the plan? Or maybe an EP coming soon?

Liam: I DO LIKE THE IDEA OF THIS AND WANT TO MAKE IT HAPPEN , KEEP UR EARS LOCKED

  • Anderson de Freitas Fernandes

    Liam Howlett MY IDOL ,I LOVE YOU THE PRODIGY

  • nice one Danny well done with the interview :)

  • Chriam

    Great job FanBoy ;) Cheers for that ;)

  • First minute of AWOL is great. good beats, coming on evil! when vocal kicks in, Keef sounds good on it, but tempo or smth kills the vibe. I hope Liam keeps the good stuff and takes it to another level, would love to hear it on new record!

  • olino

    Good job.
    I hope they’ll release new album asap (within 2 years..) and they have to come to czech republic or slovakia again :)

  • Donie

    zzzZZZZzzzz….

  • Is this all made up fanboy!? Doesn’t seem interesting enough to be Liam, if its real you could of asked for a date for new album?

  • Ben Reynolds

    Would like to point out that Spitfast was actually played at Brixton gig, which had been referred to as Spitfire part 2.

  • Moon

    Over time I’ve learned not to trust what Liam says regarding the future. I’m not sure if he’s ever made promises to the fans, but his plans never seem to go through (*cough* new album tracks in Australia *cough*).

  • Good work Danny, so lucky!

  • Mike

    As much as I’d love to hear old rare cut tracks getting shared to the fans, which sadly I doubt will ever happen at this point after all the broken promises. I mean the band do have a Soundcloud that I wish they would use properly and share more stuff with the fans. Liam has said many times he would start putting demos up on the site and all we got were Spacehopper and Eddie Cochran years ago. I’d love to get a studio version of Thunder Dub. The live mix on World’s On Fire is nice, but I want to be able to blast that track good and proper on my sound system without the crowd noise. So Liam, if you read this, please let fans download a proper studio mix of Thunder Dub and I’ll be totally grateful. I always thought it would be cool to release some tunes from the Dugdale vids as they are uploaded. Like when the Thunder Dub vid came out, they should have had a download for the track on Soundcloud. Same thing for when the Spitfast video. Obviously these are things that’ll never have an album release since they are reworks, so why not share them with the fans at the time the vids go up? Be a cool way to tie in their YouTube and Soundcloud accounts and help relieve the pressure of fans bothering them for new music if they had something to occupy their mind. I’d love to hear the binned ideas from AONO era, like Trigger, Nuclear, Little Goblin, Wake Up Call vocal mix, Warning vocal mix, etc because I still love those tracks til this day and stuck with watching crappy live YouTube copies. At least give us Warning vocal mix, since it was a mainstay in the set for a while and we only got the instrumental version, which just isn’t as good as the vocal mix. There’s so many tracks that got lost along the way that we never got to hear properly, it’s a real shame. And don’t get me started on No Souvenirs, why Liam couldn’t have uploaded it for the fans for download is beyond. Especially since it was the focal point of the entire opening to their own biography and talked about how it was too good to waste on a soundtrack. All this build up and then you tell you fans, “Well you’re never gonna hear it.” As a longtime fan (since 1993), I find remarks like that completely disrespectful to the people who support you. The least they could do is share it with the fans online if its never gonna be an official track. What’s the harm in giving it to your fans? We love The Prodigy, that’s why we are here. We support the guys, buy up every bit of music we can get, and go to as many shows as we can. We wanna hear as much music from them as we possibly can. They say that they are all about the fans and listen to what they want, but the lack of sharing unreleased material (the number 1 thing fans want besides a new album) proves just the opposite. They obviously are aware fans want to hear it and I’ll never understand their aversion to sharing stuff with the people who love and support their music. Hey, maybe Liam is really saving up the best of the cut material from over the years for some special release in the future when the band officially retire… then I’ll say “Well played, good sir, well played.” But if this continues and we never even get to hear these scrapped bits and they’re just tossed away, well then it would be a real shame and complete with what could have been a great way to share something special with the fans. I’m a huge fan of the band and a collector of their music. All I want is to hear the music. Can’t wait for the new album. Thunder Dub would help with the wait ;)

  • Trawizz

    Too bad about World Of Fire DVD/Blu… Some of the best parts are edited out, and they don’t even know the reason, other than it maybe was too long? That’s lame, so why bother. People payed for this, supporting The Prodigy, so it’s unsatisfying that they took out tracks from the set, this was supposed to be for the fans.

  • Trawizz

    It would be really nice, if Liam would upload the “binned”-version of Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned. Afterall, the final album has been out in 9 years, this era is done and over with, so why not just make the fans happy, with this? There’s so many who would love to hear Trigger, Baby’s got a temper (first live mix), Good morning, Wake up call (vocal), Back 2 skool (first version, played at leeds), Nuclear, and the rest of that.. Unstoppable would be really nice too! The most of us, have these songs in crappy quality anyways, so it’s not like the tracks isn’t out in the open, we just wish them in nice quality. We love the demos!!! I still listen to the 2 demo tapes from 1991

  • Elsewhere

    It’s deeply doubtful they know it yet.

  • Nightmare

    Still nothing about 6 track from World’s On fire dvd… No reason? I cant remember? This is not the answer :( No questions about second version of Awol played once at Bratislava – awesome track, better than first version of Awol. Sounds like an anger of jilted generation, sounds like upcoming album style. Hope we will hear it soon again or we will get it on the new album or something.

  • Nightmare

    Still nothing about six missing tracks on World’s On Fire DVd… No reason? Can’t remember? This is not the answer.

    About Awol – What happend with second version from Bratislava? Slower but harder and darker. Something awesome and fits the description of the new album / new era “Anger of jilted generation, dark & heavy” Hope we will get it on the new record or something.

    Thunder Dub – If Liam want to release it ok but only by digital download or something. This track do not deserve to be released on cd / vinyl / bonus etc. because is not so good. Hope we will NOT get dubstep genre on the new album… This is not the way for The Prodigy.

    Dead Ken Beats – he wanted to release it as an bside on imd era so still the same talking. But maybe this time we will get it for sure but personally? I want STAB track!

    Australian – no new track? Liam said that they will drop new material there and what? Nothing…

  • Anderson de Freitas Fernandes

    THE PRODIGY IS A GREAT FAMILY WORLDWIDE.

  • jesse pinkman

    PLEAZE release a new single/ album this year. Just drop a bomb this summer, we know you have them!

  • Jimmy Mcgroe

    If Liam wont upload the old school track for the fans, I will follow the band to every gig wearing Liam’s old XL jacket , a pair of light-blue joggers and a center parting to replicate his Everybody in the Place dance, front and center! As a reminder ;)

    http://i176.photobucket.com/albums/w189/megadrive2/P1020994_zps61389f14.jpg
    Let me know if you want your jacket back master H!

  • TMO

    i would like to see the first version of AONO or the Gun Reprise, that track is so good. They could release those demos in their soundcloud

  • Dave

    More “Hardcore” than “Core” … I ‘m liking that! haha. Liam, just make sure you drop this new album this year. ;) Keeping ears lockkked.

  • Trawizz

    I doubt Liam will read a text this long

  • Mike

    i’ll make a shorter one… “Liam please give us Thunder Dub as a studio mix”

    there, plain and simple and direct :)

  • Mike

    Give me a studio mix of THUNDER DUB, Liam! I want it noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow! :)

  • Mike

    That was for Trawizz :)

  • Mike

    it’s a shame cuz he should… and give me every track that i listed :P

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    I see Thunder Dub getting a release when they decide to do a ‘More’ Invaders Must Die anniversery… just like Experience Expanded / More Jilted. However who knows, Added Fat was a little bit of a disappointment. The remixes are neat, however they could have added more tracks to the CD.

    Oh yeah! They binned tracks / first version of Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned would be awesome to get as a release or download. Hopefully we get something special for the ‘More AONO’ when it happens.

    A lot of tracks are lost through time. I’m hoping that at the end of their career. We will get a discography of everything. Like a massive box set.

    No Souvenirs is just something is going to keep to himself. I remember him saying, it’s nice to hold onto something. Something like that…

    I can understand your frustration, I’m in the same boat. I really just want some awesome unreleased tracks as B-Sides, download or whatever. Just to keep as going through between albums. Back in the day, we got three albums in five years. Today it’s a different story. So we need this stuff in between.

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    He better read this :P

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    Agreed. Binned version of Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned would be an awesome release. However only for the hardcore fans. Casual fans won’t buy it and therefor I don’t see this happening. Would be nice tho. Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned era was very interesting and some really cool sounds and things were happening at the time.

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    I’m sure Liam is working on a few versions of AWOL. I reckon he’s holding back better versions in the studio. Who knows… The band never disappoints with their album releases. I cannot wait either! It’s been to long now.

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    Gun Reprise would be sick! Demos on their SoundCloud is a great idea however I doubt this will happen. Best chance, ‘More Always Outnumbered Never Outgunned’.

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    Holy crap! That jacket is sweet as, I want one!

    Haha, his dance in Everybody In The Place is classic! With his jacket flying side to side ridiculously! Awesome as. I wonder if Liam can still pull that move off :P

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    I didn’t ask for an album date. We wouldn’t get one if we asked. Like Elsewhere said, I doubt they know it yet as well.

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    Sure does sound good man! An album release this year would be ace! I kinda see a single of some sort or EP happening this year with an album release early next year tho. I dunno, just my gut feeling.

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    Agreed! Single for the Summer! With a nice B-Side ;)

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    The Prodigy is a way of life!

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    I really hope Liam is working on AWOL and get’s released on the new record as well. Really digging it.

    There won’t be any dub step on the new record. Liam said he won’t. Plus he won’t sell out on the fans. Defiantly not the way of The Prodigy.

    Oh man I forgot about Stab! That would be ace!

    Yeah Liam did say new stuff for us Aussies. Maybe he meant Jetfighter and AWOL… where us hardcore fans who look up the stuff online were expecting something else. I was too disappointed.

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    Would have been good if it was a two disc set.

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    Thanks mate!

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    Yeah I was disappointed with the no new tracks. Like I said to Nightmare, Maybe he meant Jetfighter and AWOL… where us hardcore fans who look up the stuff online were expecting something else.

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    Thank you.

    Oh yeah man, has to be out within the next two years!

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    No problem, thank you!

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    Thank you!

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    Same here! :)

  • Was awesome seeing the lads play in Aus, totally worth the 10,000 miles travelled from England! Whatever Liam decides to release and when I am sure will be worth the wait!

  • Billy

    I probably watched my last tour with the band i have followed most of my life. My wife got me a surprise ticket for the Horden set and when i found out, a 51 year old man felt like a kid again!!!. I started at the front on the security rail and ended up sitting at the back (Knackered Hip) when i couldnt stand any longer. I wanted to shake the bands hand to say thank you but unfortunately never got close. Wish i was 20s again to go another time round with a band who have never wavered in their musical adventure, for no one. Bucket list complete: The Clash, Ultravox/John Fox, Magazine, The Stranglers & the Prodigy over 5 times each through my lifes journey…. “Thankyou”

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    True fan coming all this way mate! Respect to you. And totally agree, it’s going to be worth the wait!

  • The Prodigy Fanboy

    WOW. Big respect to you! Nice surprise by your wife! Very neat. Man, that’s over at least 25 gigs, good work. You must have many stories to tell. But, cannot be your last Prodigy tour! Jetfighter could be their last, just one more :)

  • Trawizz

    I agree. The stupid thing about No souvernirs, is that if it doesn’t fit the stuff he does today, why the fuk not just upload it as a seperate, no link to anything else? The same goes for every other track he just leaves alone forever… It’s just plain weird, and it sucks for the fans…

  • Trawizz

    I was dissapointed when it came out. I like Girls and Spifire when they came out, but very dissapointing to wait 7 years, hoping for a real Prodigy album, and then only 2 of the tracks, sounded like The Prodigy. The album is alright, but definitly not a party album. I’m very sure, I would love the binned version.