Keith Flint 1969-2019
On 4 March 2019 The iconic frontman was found dead at his home aged 49. All love and sympathy goes out to his family, friends and all fans across the world at this sad time.

The Guardian

Case study: Frontman Keith Flint reveals how extroversion helps his act

I'm not sure if I'd call myself an extrovert. I think I'm a bit contradictory. I like being endearing and venomous at the same time. I guess it's one part of myself fighting against the other part, proving that I'm not that nice all the time.

I like jokes and one-liners. I enjoy entertaining and making people laugh, being the funny man. But when I'm launched into unfamiliar environments I shut down, and as I relax then my character emerges.

I'm volatile, up-tempo, quick to react and passionate. People often think all that high-energy stuff is just for the stage, but that's me. I like to express myself. When I was younger I would listen to the Jam in my bedroom and jump around in excitement to the music.

The punk movement also influenced me. That individualism appealed to me. I have a lot of body art but I don't think it's rebellious. If anything I worry that it leaves me looking a bit "new age". I got the piercings because back in 1988, when I was travelling, I was told they looked sexy. The tattoos remind me of my uncles – skinheads – and they represent the working class. They also turn heads.

At school I had a mohican. I was chucked out and sent to a special school. They had to hypnotise me to settle me down – I just had so much energy. I guess I've always thought that, in a conformist society, self-expression is important.

I think I'd have the same energy and passion even if I didn't make music. I don't know what I'd channel it into – I have quite a lawless mentality – but it's funseeking, too. I often say that I'm like a house with a hallway: you think you're inside but then you have to open another door to get to the real me, and that could be positive or negative. I can be quite self-destructive when left on my own, which is something I have to keep a check on.

I can swing either way; I could go down any path. I have to be thrilled by something because I have this no-time-to-waste attitude; I want to suck it all up. I love the adrenaline rush; that's why I did motorbike racing. I'm always thirsty for more, and if I didn't do something then I'd just implode.

There is something about being on stage that's a release for me. It gets my mental energy out. That's why I'm really honest on stage; I'm not there for the beauty of my voice or to be the best dancer, I go out to express myself and stir up the audience.

I'm like the guy that jumped on stage at a gig and didn't get thrown off. And that's who we perform for too, that guy.

• Keith Flint is the lead singer of the Prodigy

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