The Prodigy Breezeblock the pre-mix interview
For those of you who haven't listened to the pre-mix interview with Liam on the phone from his Essex studio, here's what was (17 October 1998)
MH: It's Radio One, It's Mary-Anne Hobbs, we're celebrating the launch of the new 'pure' 2 hour Breezeblock in the company of a very very special guest tonight, Liam Howlett and the Prodigy. Hello Liam!
LH: Hello. How ya doin'?
MH: Where are you calling from tonight?
LH: I'm actually in the studio at the moment, at home, I've actually got a studio in my own house.
MH: I know you've been on the road for months and months on end, when did you actually crash back down onto Planet Essex then?
LH: Erm, well, more or less after we finished Reading, er, a few months ago, so since then I just been relaxing really.
LH: Just been in the studio a little bit, doing this mix, and kind of, er, just having a break, really.
MH: Well, I can tell you there is a real sense of occasion about tonight's show, because I can't actually remember the last time you actually did something for Radio 1, but it's gotta be years ago now, hasn't it?
LH: Haha, yes, that's true, yes... I can't actually remember doing anything for Radio 1! Y'know, yeah
MH: Why did you accept our humble invitation to put a mix together for this show then?
LH: Well, I dunno. Before the band started, I was really into sort of mixing and stuff, on a sort of more hip-hop level, and I kind of, always used to do that, sort of, every week I'd do a tape and stuff and give it to my mates and... I dunno, after you asked me to do a mix, I kinda thought "why not?" and sort of just experimenting a few days doing it and kind of make it happen and you know, so yeah I thought I'd do it, yeah, do it.
MH: Yeah, it's an absolutely fantastically
sort of eclectic mix of everything, from Jimi Hendrix
to the Ultramagnetic MCs, Bomb the Bass to Barry White,
that the way you used to mix as a DJ, I mean just, no rules?
LH: Yeah, basically, like, erm, the way I wanted to put this mix together was more, erm, on a sort of old skool tip rather than sort of a club tip, I mean, this mix isn't really for the clubbers, it's more for the b-boys and b-girls, its more from the roots of hip-hop, and... you talk about Barry White, but the record I used was like a kind of famous break, you know, which was used in... a Beastie Boys track and so I've stripped down some of the tracks down to the original breaks and mixed the original breaks into the mix, and I chucked Sex Pistols in there, because, y'know, you have to, don't you really?
LH: Just a mix-up of tunes really, just on the beats thing.
MH: Well, as you probably know, a lot of stuff we do on this programme is live, but you asked if you could put this together for us in your own studio and I assume this is the reason why - because you've got banks and banks of humming machinery down there that could literally do backflips for ya?
LH: Erm, yeah, but to be honest with this mix, I did think about coming in live and doing it, I can mix, but I didn't think that erm, I think that I got a better result doing it in the studio... to be honest, I still only used like, erm, I used like, a sampler, two decks, and an A-DAT to put it together so I didn't use really any, too much, y'know, too much equipment, so I basically put it together using that equipment. Yeah, I gotta lot of stuff in my studio, but I didn't use a lot of it for this mix.
MH: Have you got any favourite tracks in this mix tonight, Liam?
LH: They're all my favourite tracks! Y'know...that's why I put them in there. I mean basically, like, er, I was definitely on the tip of not wanting to make it too, sort of, erm, "of the moment", you know? I wanted to make it kind of the last 15 to 20 years, all my favourite tracks have sort of gone on. There's a heavy element of old skool in there, 'cos I'm mean, I dunno, one of the things that annoys me at the moment is all this 'old skool reunion; and people don't really understand what the records are, y'know, they just think it's just Run DMC and things like that.
LH: But I tried to add a lot of records that meant a lot to me, y'know, when I was sort of, into breaking and stuff.
MH: That's fantastic. Well listen, I know that you can pass out of this dimension a happy man knowing that you've delivered a mix of a lifetime! But what about your plans for the Prodigy? You're writing again at the moment?
LH: Erm, yeah, kind of, I mean, I'm having a break, y'know, to be honest, like, erm, I'll get back into writing in the next month or so, but I'm going on holiday in a week's time and erm, when I get back from me holiday, I'll get back on it again, yeah, but I really enjoyed being in this studio just experimenting, just throwing stuff around and kind of not really setting myself on a level to start writing another album or anything, yeah? It's gonna happen, but not yet, y'know?
LH: I just need to find some more inspiration, and go away, and come back with some fresh ideas really, y'know...
MH: Yeah, so listen, I'm not gonna let you go until you promise me, you make me one promise...
LH: What's that?
MH: When the record's finished, you've got to come in with the band and do a proper live session from made only for us!
LH: Okay I'll promise!
MH: Thank you so much Liam, you are a real righteous man.
MH: I guess this is it, this is the moment of truth, this is Liam Howlett's exclusive Breezeblock...on Radio 1!
LH: Let's rock...