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Liam Howlett in Germany, 2005
|Birth name||Liam Paul Paris Howlett|
21 August 1971 |
Braintree, Essex, England
|Genres||Big beat, EDM, alternative rock, alternative dance, electropunk, hardcore techno, breakbeat, breakbeat hardcore|
|Instruments||Synthesizers, keyboards, samples, turntables, programming|
|Associated acts||The Prodigy, Cut 2 Kill|
Early life and career
Howlett was born in Braintree, Essex, England.
He was trained in classical piano from childhood. 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 became connected to rave music and he reportedly went to his first rave in 1989.
Other musical projects
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 produced two Dirty Candy songs, "Nail Em" and "Advice" (which The Prodigy fans will recognize as being "Dead Ken Beats", an unreleased song played live several times). These were available on Dirty Candy Myspace account.
Howlett is a fan of horror films. 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, as he found the McLaren too terrifying to drive.
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