The Prodigy that lived

Updated: Mar 6, 2019

In lieu of the events of March 4, 2019, in Great Dunmow, United Kingdom ,

The Ravelink Network would like to take the time to CELEBRATE the life of a true Industry Pioneer and Roll Model.

The Late Keith Flint is and will continue to be an absolute LEGEND.


The Prodigy's Maxim, Keith Flint & Liam Howlett. Picture: Press/Carlos Alvarez Montero

Early life:

Flint was born in Redbridge, London, England, to Clive and Yvonne Flint, on 17 September 1969[1][2] and initially raised in East London; in the mid-1970s his parents moved out to Springfield, Essex. His childhood was described as unhappy and he feuded with his parents who parted when he was young.[3] He attended the Boswells School in Chelmsford and moved to Braintree after leaving school.[4] Flint was described as being a "bright boy with dyslexia," and was disruptive in class. He was expelled from school at the age of 15. Flint then worked as a roofer and later enthusiastically embraced the acid house scene of the late 80s.[3]

prodigy circa1992
Description The Prodigy, group portrait, in Essex, including band members Liam Howlett, Keith Flint, and Leroy Thornhill, United Kingdom, 1992. (Photo by Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images) Image provided by Getty Images.

Music career:

Flint with The Prodigy guitarist Rob Holliday

In the late 1980s, Flint met DJ Liam Howlett at local rave club the Barn in Braintree, and expressed his appreciation of Howlett's taste in music.[5] After receiving a mixtape from Howlett, Flint came back with great enthusiasm, insisting that Howlett should be playing his tracks up on stage, and that Flint, along with friend Leeroy Thornhill, would dance to them.[6]

Originally Flint was the band's dancer, but in 1996 he featured as the vocalist on the hit single "Firestarter", the accompanying video showcasing Flint's new punk look.[7] This trend continued with the next Prodigy single "Breathe", on which Flint performed the lead vocals, whilst Maxim performed backup.[8]

The 1997 album The Fat of the Land featured Flint's vocal contributions to several tracks, namely "Breathe", "Serial Thrilla", "Fuel My Fire" and "Firestarter".[9] In 2002, the single "Baby's Got a Temper" was released.[10] On the next Prodigy album, Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (2004), Flint did not perform any vocals, although he did appear on the "Hotride – El Batori Mix", on the "Hotride" single.[11]

The Prodigy album, Invaders Must Die, was released on 23 February 2009 and featured vocals by Flint on multiple tracks.[12] Flint released a single titled "War" with dubstep artist Caspa in 2012.[13]

Flint experimented with several solo/side projects, including the bands Flint and Clever Brains Fryin'. Only one single, "Aim4" by Flint, was released commercially, with Flint's debut album, Device #1, being cancelled before release.[14]

keith flint firestarter
Keith Flint - Firestarter

Motorcycle racing:

Flint was a keen motorcyclist. He rode 1,500 miles from England to southern Spain to attend the 2007 Spanish motorcycle Grand Prix, and also raced in club competitions. He rode with Lee Thompson of the band Madness. He had his own motorcycle team, Team Traction Control,[15] which competed in the British Supersport Championship as part of the British Superbike Championship package. In 2015 Team Traction Control machines won two Isle of Man TT races, ridden by Ian Hutchinson.[16]

Team Traction Control
James Rispoli with Keith Flint’s Team Traction Control



With The Prodigy

Main article: The Prodigy discography Experience

(1992)Music for the Jilted Generation

(1994)Electronic Punks

(1995)The Fat of the Land

(1997)Their Law: The Singles 1990–2005

(2005)Invaders Must Die

(2009)World's on Fire

(2011)The Day Is My Enemy

(2015)No Tourists


With FlintDevice #1







Death of a Vessel:

On 4 March 2019, following concerns for his welfare, police were called to Flint's home in North End, near Great Dunmow, Essex where he was found dead.[3] The police did not treat his death as suspicious. His bandmate Liam Howlett stated via Instagram that his death was a suicide.[3][8] The official band website went black with a simple announcement of his death by suicide later that day.[21]


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Other sources

James, Martin (2002). The "Prodigy" (Paperback ed.). Sanctuary Publishing Ltd. ISBN 978-1-860-74356-6.Roach, Martin (2010). The Prodigy: The Official Story – Electronic Punks. John Blake Publishing. ISBN 978-1-784-18964-8.

External links

Keith Flint discography at DiscogsKeith Flint on IMDb