Full name: Keith Charles Flint
From: Essex, United Kingdom
Born: March 27, 1969
Role: vocalist and dancer
Keith (the mad man) is also from Braintree, Essex (born on March 27, 1971). Keith comes from a broken home, and had never really wanted a proper career. Having been kicked out by his dad, he spent some time in Israel, as a market-stall trader.
He came back to the UK later, living in some accommodation in Braintree with friends, alongside Sharky. He had grown his hair long, and usually wore an Afghan coat. Because of this, he had earned the nickname Sheepdog.
Keith eventually became a big fan of raving in it's inception around 1988 and was a regular on the M25 motorway scene. He spent a lot of his time dancing in The Barn in Braintree. Having never danced before in his life, he managed to hone his dancing skills there, developing himself into the fast-paced act we know him as today.
By contrast, Keith's friend Leeroy, who he had met at The Barn, was more into calmer dancing, in the style of funk. The two were quite a contrasting pair, and Sharky would often tag along with them.
Having seen and heard local DJ Liam Howlett at the Barn, Keith managed to approach him, and got a tape of a DJ set, along with Liam's own material on the b-side created at home.
When Keith and Leeroy listened to Liam's work, they were stunned. They wanted to start up a stage act with Liam as soon as possible, with Keith, Leeroy and Sharky as the dancers and Liam as the centre of the act, at the keyboards. Liam agreed, but said he needed an MC. On the date of their first ever gig, reggae MC Maxim Reality joined them, having been recruited by the act's manager Ziggy.
Keith is the band's most popular and regonized member and is often referred to as the 'frontman' for the Prodigy, due to his new-found vocal role in 1996's Firestarter, a claim which he denies. On stage Keith is a real spectacle - a human blur most of the time, shouting, spitting, and "visually expressing" himself, as he puts it.
After the Experience era, Keith began to show the first of many changes to himself - a part of the evolultion to the Keith we know now. In 1994, he was often seen on stage wearing eyeliner, dancing to the tunes of the Jilted era.
In 1995, Keith took a big image change when he appeared on stage at the Prodigy's legendary headline slot on the second stage at Glastonbury Festival 1995. His hair was cropped short, and dyed pink. The eyeliner was more evident, as were his new facial piercings, and he danced more frantically than previously. He took to coming on stage in a giant transparent plastic ball.
By the end of 1995, reports were seeping out from Braintree that Keith had done some punk-style vocals for a new Prodigy track, called Firestarter. This was premiered at the Island in Ilford, Essex, which was followed by more UK dates, in which Keith had shaved his colourful hair into a double mohican style. Spiked up on each side, having it some kind of colour, and having it shaved in the middle.
He said "I've been screaming with my body for the past six years, so now it's time to scream with my mouth". (although he can't sing, his voice has a superb tone).
When The Fat Of The Land was released, almost half the tracks had Keith doing his snarling vocals. Thanks to the videos for Firestarter and Breathe, Keith had became an icon for 90s pop culture.
Keith is known to be every parents nightmare, and also has a lot of complaints about how scary he is. When the Prodigy's Firestater video was shown on TOTP TV a record number of complaints were sent to TOTP complaining about Keith Flint. One particular parent, in a letter to the BBC complaining about that video, have called him "a man in need of urgent medical attention". In 1996, he came second to Marilyn Manson in the Nutter Of The Year category of Kerrang's Reader's Poll.
Prior to the Prodigy Keith only seemed into round the world trips, motorcycles, festivals and raves. After school, he traveled a lot, visiting many places in Europe and the Middle-East. Keith still says today that he wouldn't know what he would be like or what he would be doing know if he wasnt in the Prodigy. Keith is the band's dancer and "singer. Keith sees performing live as his drug, hes way of getting rid of all the built up pressure inside him. He used to dance more "normal", but now he just jumps around and acts spastic that gives everyone a good laugh. He also likes to stick his tounge out a lot too.
Keith is also known to be the loudest, but most nicest member of the group. He loves danger - already when he was little, he used to play with plugs - seeing how far he'd dare to push the plug in and touch the terminal on the other end (he never got a shock)... And he announced in the summer of 1998 that he'd be competing in the superbike race called the Clubman's Race, racing at speeds up to 160mph. There are also reports of Flint being a keen gardener, and a lover of animals. If you have ever watched the "Prodigy Unauthorised" video you will even see a clip where Keiths old head master tells how Keith Flint used to feed the rabbit in the school playground.
Keith dated TV presenter Gail Porter before her marriage to Toploader guitarist Dan Hipgrave. They were known as 'Beauty and the Beast' due to Gail's innocent beauty and Flint's appearance. The couple split in 2000, because it was too far away for Porter to commute on a daily basis for her work in the city and their relationship wasn't working out. Now Keith is married to Japanese DJ Mayumi Kai also known as DJ Gedo Super Mega Bitch.
During the late 1990s, when The Prodigy were at their commercial peak, Flint became known in the UK press for his extensive body piercing and tattooing. In an interview, he stated that his most painful tattoo was the text "Inflicted" across his stomach. He stated that it felt like he was on an altar being ritualistically scarred by a Satanic beast. The tattoo was designed by bandmate Liam Howlett.
Keith Flint learned to play guitar in 2001/2002 and was sending parts to Liam with intention of playing live on stage with it at Leeds/Reading festivals in 2002 in their original AONO phase.
"He still can't play, but that's the point" Howlett said. "If I wanted a guitar player who played really well I'd find someone who could do that, but the idea of this band is DIY" "I like that Keith can't really play the guitar and that what he plays isn't musical. It forces him to play in a style which is very, um, manic really, and it gets really good results... " "He's been throwing me loads of bits and pieces over the last few months to put into the songs. It's been refreshing to hear one of the band actually putting in some musical ideas. " Live though, is a no-go. "He's not ready to play live," Howlett said. "We've talked about it and maybe the next time we go out in England in six months he might play"" Source
He's a motorbike fan. He announced
in the summer of 1998 that he'd be competing among professional racers. His
first motorcycle competition was in October 1998, in which he came
in 3rd (he was riding at speeds up to 160mph).
He loves danger - already when he was little, he used to play with plugs - seeing how far he'd dare to push the plug in and touch the terminal on the other end (he never got a shock)... Even in racing, he loves dangerous situations ("Every now and then you have something that's a near-death situation. I used to enjoy crashing as much as riding. " - Keith)
He's into gardening ("Or he's out digging a pond in his garden that's four feet deep and 20-odd foot long. He loves his gardening. " - Leeroy)
His grades in school were terrible, and he has no skills - so the Prodigy have helped him a lot to find what he can and want to do. As he said it, he literally walked out of the crowd to be a dancer in the band, instead of filling in some kind of application form.
When he was young: according
to what his ex-schoolmates said, he was very quiet ("He was
really a lovely fella, really quiet. I got the shock of my life when I saw
him all these years later"), and liked animals and fishing. ("One
day on the way home from school he found a sick hedgehog. Keith tried nursing
it back to health but it died. He was gutted. ")
Some of his goals in life are to live out his ultimate sex experience (with a lot of chicks), have every part of his body pierced, and try all the hair colours. He has about a hundred nose rings, earings and a tounge ring. He has tattoos including one across his stomach that says "Inflicted". That very same tattoo across his body is actually the only one of its kind as it was designed by the Prodigy's main-man Liam Howlett.
What describes his personality the best are the lyrics of Firestarter, which he wrote about himself. Actually the first time he liked something he had done was when he first did Firestarter. ("For the first time I'd liked something I'd done. Not just musically, but personally. [...] I got home and I put it on and I thought: 'I fuckin'like this,' and I felt this massive wave of emotion... ")
Sunday Aprill 11, 1999
18 Keith Flint
Singer, The Prodigy
Age 29; valued at £6m
The Prodigy, for whom Keith passes as a 'singer', hit centre stage with Fat Of The Land, which sold 10 million albums worldwide, 2.5 million of which were in the US and one million in the UK. They have sold an estimated 13 million albums in total, which, when added to the half-million selling singles 'Firestarter' and 'Breathe', suggest total record royalties of £15m - to be split equally between Flint, Howlett (no. 13) and the third member of the band, Maxim (age 31). Flint co-wrote the occasional track in the back catalogue and will hence receive some of the publishing revenue.