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The Prodigy take aim: “Dance music at the moment is so fucking dead”

This month, The Prodigy returned with Nasty, their first new single in almost five years. It’s the lead cut from their forthcoming album The Day Is My Enemy – set for release in March – which means Liam Howlett and co are back on the media circuit, if a little begrudgingly.

And in true Prodigy style, they’re not keeping their opinions to themselves. In a new interview with The Guardian, the trio took aim at the state of electronic music today, some 25 years on from the relese of their debut record. They didn’t mince words: “Dance music at the moment is so fucking dead,” Howlett proclaimed in no uncertain terms. “Producers are too safe, they rely on being retro. It’s fucking bollocks. There’s no pushing forward any more.”

“We did a gig in Ibiza,” he continues, “and I’m not a great fan of the place, but it isn’t an attack on the island, it’s an attack on these mindless fucking jokers that arrive in their Learjets, pull a USB stick out of their pockets, plug it in and wave their hands in the air to a pre-programmed mix. I can’t name names, but our lighting guy pulled out a CD, and said this is blah blah blah’s set, and I’m like, ‘What do you mean?’ Turns out that our lighting guy plays it from the front of house while this DJ is onstage pretending to push buttons.”

“Maybe I’m an angry person, but I was infuriated by this laziness. What’s all that shit about? You can’t build a scene around that, it’s never going to last or be credible.” Or as vocalist Maxim chimed in: “The dance scene has flatlined and we’re the spike.”

The good news? Their new album won’t be more of the same. “We’re from the proper rave scene, and it needs life breathing into it,” Howlett told The Guardian. “But we’re not here to save anything. Fuck that! We’re here to wipe it out.”

You’ll be able to see The Prodigy unleash all that untamed energy when the trio head back to the country to headline this year’s Future Music Festival tour, which kicks off late next month. Until then, read the full Guardian interview here and pop Nasty on repeat below.