THE PRODIGY
Interview by Wayne Chinsang
Illustration by Staff Member #716

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NEARLY A DECADE AFTER THE SUCCESS OF "FIRESTARTER" AND "SMACK MY BITCH UP", THE FELLAS OF THE PRODIGY ARE MAKING MORE NOISE THAN EVER BEFORE. WITH 2004'S ALWAYS OUTNUMBERED, NEVER OUTGUNNED, AND A NEW GREATEST HITS CD/DVD COMBO ON STORE SHELVES, THE GUYS HIT THE TOURING ROAD TO REPRESENT, AND WAYNE CHINSANG CAUGHT UP WITH THEM ONE NIGHT ALONG THE WAY.

Wayne Chinsang: I want to start by talking about the group as a whole. You’ve been doing this for fifteen years now, and my question is, why do you guys still do it? Do you still love it?

Liam Howlett: Yeah.

WC: Do you?

LH: Totally, yeah. I mean, it’s like an institution for us now, really, but we’ll only carry on if we think we’ve got something to add. I think there have been times when we’ve kind of questioned, not our love for it, but whether or not we’ve got something to complete and carry it on. Do you know what I mean?

WC: Right.

LH: But I think these last two years have confirmed that, definitely, and especially with this past record [Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned]. I mean, we never really think about the next record; we just think about what we can do right here and now. If we’ve got good ideas, we go ahead and do them.

Maxim: It’s not a case of just going through the routines. We always want to keep it fresh for us, as well as for our fans.

WC: And that’s part of my next question, actually. With the last album before the collected greatest hits one-- Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned-- there was a lot of time that passed in between that album and the previous album [Fat Of The Land].

LH: Yeah, yeah.

WC: But you guys could have very easily churned out another album after a year or two, toured, and done the whole routine that a lot of bands do now. But it seems like you guys had full intention of keeping it fresh, keeping it fun--

LH: Well, it wasn’t intentional, that gap. It wasn’t meant to be that long, but basically that’s what happened. And we were happy that we were able to come back after that gap, because not a lot of bands could do that-- come back from that time off, you know?

WC: Right.

LH: And we’ve found at a lot of these new shows that we’ve done-- especially the last tour we did in England-- we found that there were a lot of new fans-- a lot of younger kids, eighteen-year-olds-- and that was great to see.

M: It’s funny, because even though it was a long gap, it hasn’t really done us any harm. If anything, we’ve learned from it. During that big gap of time, because we weren’t recording or touring, we took in a lot of new influences, a lot of new inspirations and ideas, and then we came back stronger. So it definitely hasn’t done us any harm.

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