I wasn’t expecting to listen to the radio this morning to hear an excruciating announcement that Keith Flint had been found dead in his home. I was utterly shocked and rather heartbroken, to say the least.
The Prodigy emerged from the underground scene in the early ’90s, only to become one of the UK’s biggest bands (well, bands that make dance and electronic music anyway). Their success got them to number one in the charts multiple times and that’s also mainly due to his astonishing amount of confidence and fantastic energy that Flint always carried around with him. To me, he changed the way dance music was perceived, he changed the way it sounded and the way it formed a new life in the charts.
I will never forget the times I sat as a child in a family members car listening to ‘Firestarter’ feeling like a fucking badass whilst it was the sounds of the bass was bouncing off the glass windows. It would vibrate the passenger seat so erratically and even now, listening to that song will forever give me goosebumps. His vibrant hair colours and his uneven, thick eyeliner was something that made him stand out as a person, it wasn’t just the music. Flint was a mastermind and a dance music pioneer where he was able to channel his inner-self and he will forever be missed.
His bandmates, this morning announced via Instagram that Keith took his own life which is hard to comprehend. There’s still so much stigma around men and mental health and there’s isn’t enough support for them either.
Words: Geo Blackman
I vividly remember watching The Prodigy’s set headlining BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend 2009 on TV, and it being one of the early instances that sparked my interest in attending live music. The way Keith launched himself into the enflamed atmosphere on stage had me thoroughly engrossed, channelling such a vibrant and inspiring character. He embodies such ferocity and vigour that sparked enthralling spirit in crowds of thousands. Sadly I never got to witness The Prodigy live, but they were a big part of setting the foundations for my constant growing excitement for music and gigs.
Words: Kieran Raza
Whilst you’re here, help spread awareness and let’s end the stigma against mental health or, if you’re struggling yourself, here are some links, numbers and information that might be helpful.
CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) is a leading movement against suicide which is the single bigger killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK.
Nationwide: 0800 58 58 58
London: 0800 802 58 58
Or, you can click on the link above and there is an option to use webchat.
MIND offer support to anyone who is suffering mentally. They raise awareness and promote understanding. Click the link if you wish to get help. If you need it urgently there is a yellow button to click on that will redirect you to the right place. There’s also an option if you are worried about someone, this could be a family member to a friend. Look out for your loved ones and people who you are closest to.
Call: 0300 123 3393