"Witty, charming, pensive and mercurial"
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Nick Halkes, who managed the band since their inception in the early 1990s, shared an old video on Instagram today (March 6) of Flint and his bandmates performing at a party, captioning it with his memories of the musician.
“Without Keefs contribution to #TheProdigy, life would have been quite different for me and there have been no shortage of voices over the last 36 hours expressing the sense of loss that accompanies the departure of this extraordinary performer,” he wrote.
He continued: “Having signed The Prodigy to XL before they played their first gig I was fortunate to have a unique insight into the very early stages of the bands development. In the early 90s they once found themselves playing a bar in Florida. Many of the people in there were looking at the tiny stage with bemusement.
“Undeterred, Keef left the stage and spent an extended period firing things up from in amongst the audience, connecting with every single person in there individually until he took up a position on top of the bar once he had the knowledge that he had won all doubters over. By the summer of 1997 they had a number one album all over the planet.”
- The NME Obituary: Keith Flint, 1969-2019: the twisted face of rave, the beating heart of The Prodigy
Elsewhere in the post, Halkes wrote about Flint’s “immense” stage presence and his “witty, charming, pensive and mercurial” character off-stage. He added: “Whilst there was much complexity to the man, an easier and simpler memory is of Keef enjoying life and shining brightly – onstage or off.”
Halkes recalled a particular time when an impromptu party kicked off at backstage after a Prodigy gig. “Post gig celebrations could provide memorable moments too and with Keefs birthday imminent, an impromptu party once kicked off backstage after a festival in Serbia. With Keef in his element and Skrillex and Caspa playing back to back for fun the dressing room was soon full to capacity as other artists and crew attempted to join the festivities.
“A bit of quick thinking was necessary and before long the partition wall which separated the party room from another space was torn down to the accompanying cheers of attendees as the capacity of the unscheduled party venue suddenly doubled and the good times continued well into the daylight hours.
Flint was found dead at his home in Essex on Monday, March 4, age 49. It’s believed that he died by suicide.
Tributes have also been paid by his bandmates Liam Howlett and Maxim Realit, who released the following statement: “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint.
“A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed.”
The Prodigy have cancelled all scheduled live appearances following the death of their frontman.
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