Liam Howlett

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Liam Howlett
Liam Howlett in Germany, 2005
Liam Howlett in Germany, 2005
Background information
Birth nameLiam Paul Paris Howlett[1]
Born (1971-08-21) 21 August 1971 (age 50)
Braintree, England
  • Musician
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Years active1990–present
Associated acts
(m. 2002)

Liam Paul Paris Howlett (born 21 August 1971) is an English record producer, musician, songwriter, co-founder and leader of the British electronic band The Prodigy, and an occasional DJ.

Early years[edit]

Howlett was born in Braintree, Essex, England.

He was trained in classical piano (from childhood).[4] At the age of 14, he mixed songs recorded from the radio using the pause button on his cassette player. He was first influenced by hip hop music and culture when he began to attend school at Alec Hunter High School in Braintree. He learned breakdancing alongside his crew called The Pure City Breakers, and DJed in his first band Cut 2 Kill. After a fight at a gig in support of the band, Liam left Cut 2 Kill and started to write his own music.

He went to his first rave in 1989[citation needed].

Music career[edit]

The Prodigy[edit]

Howlett and dancer/vocalist Keith Flint formed The Prodigy in 1990.[5]

Other musical projects[edit]

In 1998, Howlett was offered the chance to do a mix for Mary Anne Hobbs' radio show. He dug out some of his old favourite tracks again and this prompted him to release an edited (due to some copyright issues) version of the mix in February 1999. It was the first material which was recorded in his new home studio "The Dirtchamber", so accordingly the album was to be called Prodigy present The Dirtchamber Sessions Volume One.

In the end of January 2006, a compilation album titled Back to Mine: Liam Prodigy was released. It was a collection of Howlett's favourite tunes, including an exclusive Prodigy track called "Wake the Fuck Up", which was often performed as an intro in The Prodigy's live concerts.

Howlett was a co-producer on the track "Immunize" from Australian drum and bass act Pendulum's third album Immersion, which was released in 2010.

In 2012, Howlett co-produced the first single "We Hate Everyone" from K.Flay's EP Eyes Shut.[6] He also produced the song ‘Stop, Focus’ from the same EP.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Howlett has been married to Natalie Appleton of All Saints since 2002.[8] They have a son named Ace, born 2 March 2004,[9][10] and live in Hampstead, London.[11]

Howlett once owned a McLaren F1 supercar, chassis #23 of the 106 ever manufactured. He later sold it to former F1 team owner Paul Stewart.


  1. ^ "Companies House".
  2. ^ Michael Cragg (24 July 2018). "'I was throwing up before we went on CD:UK': All Saints on how to be a girl group". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  3. ^ Lucy Todd (4 November 2018). "The Prodigy: 'We don't need to reinvent ourselves'". BBC News. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Prodigy Interview w/Keith Flint, Liam Howlett". NY Rock. Retrieved 19 June 2013.
  5. ^ Crittenden, Ryan. "The Prodigy: A brief history". Retrieved 12 July 2015.
  6. ^ "K. Flay on Money, Education and Why She's Okay With Having No Street Cred". Rolling Stone.
  7. ^ "K-Flay Facebook".
  8. ^ "All Saints: 'We're more confident now'". The Observer. 13 March 2016. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  9. ^ "All Saints Put Children Before Touring". Female First. 23 April 2016.
  10. ^ "NATALIE DELIVERS AN ACE". Archived from the original on 12 June 2004. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
  11. ^ "All together now". The Sunday Times. 13 April 2014. Archived from the original on 17 September 2016.

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