Brainkiller: interview with LH (October 2015)
Hello Liam, thank you very much for taking the time for doing this interview, means a lot to our Brainkiler Prodigy community as we are kinda fed up (and certainly think you are too) of the regular questions that the journalists do. With this interview, we intend it to be for hardcore fans and their thoughts about your work in The Prodigy.
AWOL (Strike One) is amazing! It really lovely smashes between the original AWOL and AWOL beats. Are we gotting a strike two or any Jelfighter era tracks like Dogbite and Jetfighter or even older tracks like Nuclear оr Trigger on future eps or are you only going for fresh tracks?
YO DONT THINK ITS WORTH PUTTING ANY ENERGY INTO THOSE OLDER TUNES WHEN ICAN BE WRITING NEW ONES THATS THE KIND OF THING ID DO FIHAD NO IDEAS OR WAS BORED AWOL SURVIVED BECAUSE THERE WAS 2 HALF DECENT VERSIONS AND SO I SMASHED THEM TOGETHER AS FOR STRIKE 2 WHO KNOWS FOR NOW DEAS TEND TO BOUNCE BACK AND STICK AROUND IF THEY ARE GOOD I GOT A FOLDER ON MY STUDIO COMPUTER WITH OLD STUFF WRITTEN JUST TO REMIND MYSELF
Rebel Radio is one of the stand out tracks on the new album. It rocked the crowd when you played it live in Australia! What’s the reason for it being dropped from the setlist? And wh don’t you play the album version since it’s a killer track and also considering the album was supposed to be called that way.
YEAH WILL BRING THAT BACK THAT VERSION ON THE TOUR WE GOT COMIN UP. THAT TUNE WAS A COMPLETE FUKER TO FINISH TO BE HONEST SO IT DESERVES TO BE PLAYED LIVE AGAIN, l JUST HAVNT FOUND THE BEST LIVE ARRANGMENT FOR IT YET, IDIDNT KNOW IT WAS THAT POPULAR WITH OUR FANS
NeiI McLellan has produced The Prodigy stuff since 93, even when you were doing IMD with another producer you went back to Neil What makes this partnership So important to you, does he plays an important role in the sound you are known for?
NEL IS FIRSTLY MY BRO, MY FRIEND MY RIGHT HAND MAN ITS MORE THAN HIM JUST MIXING THE TUNES, HE KNOWS HOW TO GET ME OUT OF A BLOCK IF ICANT FINISH A TUNE BECAUSE HE KNOWS HOW MY HEAD WORKS THE WORD PRODUCER HAS KIND OF BEEN CONFUSED OVER THE YEARS BUT WHATEVER THE TUNE OR WHAT STATE ITS IN NEL IS SOMEBODY TRUST TO PLAY SHIT TO LlкE FOR EXAM PLE PRODUCED AND MIXED THE MUSIC OF FIRESTARTER IN MY STUDIO NEL RE CORDED AND MIXED THE VOCALS AND WE PUT IT TOGETHER SO OVER THE YEARS THE TUNES HAVE HAD VARIOUS DIFFERENT LEVELS OF INPUT FROM NEL WHAT EV ER WAS NEEDED TO GET THEM TO THE FINISHED STATE AND THATS WHY WE WORK TOGETHER ITS A TRUST THING I DONT CARE ABOUT ANY OTHER PRODUCERS/ MIX ENGINEERS iv WORKED WITH CANT REMEMBER ANY OF THEM ANYWAY
Will you ever share stems of a prodigy songs that the producers out there can remix your work? What’s your favorite remix of all time that an artist has done of your work and who would you like to have been remued by?
YEAH LETS HEAR WHAT TUNES PEOPLE OUT THERE WOULD LIKE TO REMX I DO LIKE IT WHEN I HEAR PEOPLE MESSING WITH THE TUNES THERES BEEN A FEW REMIXES THAT HAVE STOOD OUT PROBABLY THE BEST IS NOISIA SMACK MY BITCH UP IT FUKIN KILLS PEOPLE I DO KNOW THO THAT I FIND IT HARD REMXING MY OWN TUNES
Does sampling interfere in your decision not to release a song when you take resistance from the original artist? SongsВe Rock nRoll and Dead Ken Beats included a lot of samples and never got released, or they just werent good enough?
NO NOT AT ALL.ITS USUALLY IF WE LIKE IT OR STANDS THE TEST OF TIME GUESS THosЕ 2 DrDNT MOST SAMPLES CAN BE CLEARED AT A PRICE BUT DEFINATELY AM USING THEM LESS AND LESS NOW
You worked wh many artists, some of those works seen the light of day, and some were binned which of those binned collabs do you regret most? Are there any of them you work with again and give those tracks new life?
NO NONE,THATS MY HONEST SHORT ANSWER HAHA WELL MAYBE JUST NO SOUVENIRS, THAT JUST COULDNT BE FINISHED
Did you tear No Souvenirs apart into other tracks? From the only version we have heard (Unkle remix), there seems to be the same bassinеas in Invaders Must Die Intro and also a few sounds were used on Bak 2 Skool
NO ABSOLUTELY ZERO SOUNDS FROM NO SOUVENIRS WERE USED IN ANY OTHER TUNES., U ARE HEARING THINGS THAT ARNT THERE HERE IS AN INTERESTING FACT FOR U JAMES RUSHENT PLAYED BASS GUITAR ON INVADERS AND USED THE SAME BASS GUITAR THAT IS ON PEACHES BY THE STRANGLERS HIS DAD GAVE IT TO HIM., MARTIN RUSHENT PRODUCED THE STRANGLERS ALBUMS
The band is nearing its 25th Birthday, any plans for a special gig or another warriors dance festival as a celebration?
WE DONT EVER LOOK THAT FAR AHEAD EVER I KNOW ITS NOT THAT FAR NOW WE WILL DO SOMETHING FOR SURE WE ARE ALL PROUD OF WHAT WE HAVE DONE BUT FOR NOW I WANT TO WRITE SOME FRESH BEATS
Looking back, how do you think a younger Liam would think of the music that Liam makes nowadays and how do you see yourself back in the early years of your career?
I THINK HE WOULD BUZZ OFF IT AND HEAR THAT HE HADNT SOLD OUT KEPT IT REAL WHEN LOOK BACK AT THE WAY I USED TO WRITE TUNES IREALISE HOW MUCH FASTER I WAS BACK THEN AT FINISHING STUFF LIKE I WOULD HAVE TO COMMIT TO AN IDEA BECAUSE IT WOULD BE HARD TO CHANGE IT LATER
ALSO THOUGH THERE WAS ALSO LOTS OF TIME SPENT MESSING ABOUT CHOPPING BEATS UP FOR HOURS WHEN NOW IT CAN BE DONE IN 60 SECONDS BECAUSE OF THE EQUIPMENT ADVANCES ITHINK THE YOUNG LIAM STLL WOULDNT HAVE LIKED BABY’S GOT A TEMPER THOUGH
Finally, whаts on your agenda for 2016? We know that The Prodigy wi be touring but can the fans expect a new Dirtchamber, new EPs, or a movie soundtrack?
YEAH I WILL BE FOCUSSING ON NEW EPs AND I WILL DO ANOTHER MIX ALBUM
AS FAR AS MOVIE SCORE GOES THE RIGHT THING HAS TO COME ALONG TO FIRE ME UP M NOT WORK FOR HIRE
Thanks for your time Master H! Any words for the Brainkiller crew?
RESPECTS TO ALL Y’ALL!