‘The dance scene has flatlined and we’re the spike;’ The Prodigy are here to revive electronic music
The Prodigy’s return has been a long time coming. 6 years and a ton of scrapped tracks later, the UK trio are returning with a violent-sounding album The Day is My Enemy and its lead single “Nasty” in their arsenal of EDM destroying weapons.
The Guardian had the chance to sit down with Liam Howlett, Maxim, and Keith Flint over a handful of pints and uncensored vitriol. As outspoken as always, Howlett takes the first jab at contemporary EDM stars. “Dance music at the moment is so fucking dead,” he tells The Guardian, “Producers are too safe, they rely on being retro. It’s fucking bollocks. There’s no pushing forward any more.” His partners in crime agree as well; Maxim attests that “The dance scene has flatlined and we’re the spike” while Flint acknowledges the cliche but points out that “things aren’t like they used to be.”
The trio’s new album is an obvious reaction to the current trends in the industry, a violent rebuttal to EDM’s lack of creative vision. “No one’s there who wants to be dangerous,” says Flint, “And that’s why people are getting force-fed commercial generic records that are just safe, safe, safe.” The Prodigy believe that there’s nothing available at the moment that sounds anything like their forthcoming album. “They can try but it’s in the sonics, the whole carcass of the song. The way it attacks you is so well-engineered. No one else can do that.”
When it comes to the current flock of artists in the EDM pool, Howlett scoffs at his so-called peers and asserts that The Prodigy aren’t here to save the acronym, rather, he hopes to do the complete opposite; “It’s an attack on these mindless fucking jokers that arrive in their Learjets, pull a USB stick out of their pockets, plug it in and wave their hands in the air to a pre-programmed mix. What’s all that shit about? You can’t build a scene around that, it’s never going to last or be credible.”
“We’re from the proper rave scene, and it needs life breathing into it. But we’re not here to save anything. Fuck that! We’re here to wipe it out.”
Read the full interview on The Guardian