The track features Sleaford Mods' Jason Williamson
The Prodigy‘s Liam Howlett has described the band’s new track ‘Ibiza’ as a song about “these guys that just turn up with their songs on a USB stick”.
Speaking in the new issue of NME, which is on newsstands now and available digitally, Howlett said the track was not an attack on the island as a whole, but was meant to be a “news report” on the places there that leave “a certain taste in your mouth”.
“It’s not an attack on the island,” Howlett explained. “We like to see it as a news report about these guys that just turn up with their songs on a USB stick, in their Learjet, and don’t engage at all. Because after going to Ibiza and various places, you get a certain taste in your mouth. But this is just one aspect of the record, it’s not the whole thing, even though some people are saying that.”
Taken from the band’s recently released sixth album ‘The Day Is My Enemy’, ‘Ibiza’ is the only track with a featured vocalist – Sleaford Mods‘ frontman Jason Williamson. Speaking of the track Howlett said, “I’m not really into collaborations, but it doesn’t sound like a collaboration somehow.”
“I’d been checking out Sleaford Mods for ages, and I felt like we had an energy in common, that it could work. So I sent him the beat – I knew he’d like the beat – then we were off.”
NME spoke to The Prodigy during the creation of the ‘Ibiza’ video, the third video to come from the album. Filmed in a travel agent’s office, Howlett went on to detail The Prodigy’s approach to music videos. He said: “We like to keep it loose on the day, not have too much of a plan, make it feel real.”
“I mean, if I told you that for one video I’d go down to a tunnel and crab back and forth, you’d say, ‘Well, that doesn’t sound very good.’ But of course, that’s ‘Firestarter’. You’ve got to trust the process.”
‘The Day Is My Enemy’ became The Prodigy’s sixth consecutive number one album, knocking James Bay off the top of the album charts in the process.
The Prodigy recently projected the artwork for ‘The Day Is My Enemy’ on a series of London landmarks including Battersea Power Station, Shoreditch High Street underground station and The Houses of Parliament.
The Prodigy are joint headliners of Isle Of Wight Festival on June 12 alongside The Black Keys. They also tour in May.