"If someone leaves our show and they go to work the next day and they start talking about computer components or start talking about Neighbours then we haven’t done our job properly."
While this is trademark braggadocio from the Prodigy’s Maxim Reality (aka Keith Palmer), it accurately sums up the post-show buzz surrounding the group’s closing set at Future Music in 2010.
The word “anarchy” was bandied about a lot after that performance and you’d bet dollars to disco biscuits that their Warrior’s Dance Arena spectacular at this year’s event will be more of the same.
“I want people to talk about it the next day and go ‘F…ing hell, man, I gotta ring my friends and tell them they missed out big time’,” he confirms.
For those not familiar with the Warrior’s Dance phenomenon, it is named after the UK group’s 20th career single, from their 2009 album Invaders Must Die, and marks their evolution from festival headliner to curator.
Since 2009, Warrior’s Dance festivals have been held in the UK, Japan and Serbia, featuring acts such as Pendulum, Chase and Status, Gallows and Skrillex.
Warrior’s Dance at Future is the first time the concept has been tested Down Under and will see Boys Noize, Borgore, Shock One and Kill the Noize, among others, open for the infamous Firestarters in a massive, purpose-built arena.
“If we were at a festival and there was someone playing an acoustic guitar before us, it just wouldn’t work, you know? I mean, that would never happen, but we need bands with a similar sort of energy to what we bring,” Maxim explains.
Warrior’s Dance selection policy ensures only the most ball-tearing acts are programmed.
But Maxim is quick to point out there is no danger of any of them overshadowing his lot. “Never. There is not a band that can do that,” he laughs.
“Listen, as soon as there’s a band that comes out and we’re like ‘F…ing hell, man, they tore us apart’, I’ll hang my hat up.
“But that band isn’t around. I’m waiting for that band to come because that would be even more of a challenge for us.”
All Tomorrow’s Parties might be the benchmark for artist-curated festivals but anyone who has a dystopian vision for the future — and let’s face it, who doesn’t — could be forgiven for thinking the parties of tomorrow will look more like a Warrior’s Dance Arena.
“Yeah, too right,” Maxim laughs.
“We’re not promoters, we just have our own ideas about how events should be because we’re on the stage and we know what people want and we know what we want.
“Ideally, we’d program Rage Against the Machine, Queens of the Stone Age and System of a Down — that would be our ultimate festival. That will never happen but maybe one day it will.”
When asked about the likelihood of the band’s Keith Flint suggesting Coldplay, Maxim is emphatic in his response: “Nah, never.”
He is less certain of the release date of the group’s sixth record, tentatively titled How to Steal a Jet Fighter.
“Obviously, when we come over we’ll be playing maybe four or five new tracks but it’s not concrete that they’ll be on the album,” he begins.
“How we work is we’re constantly writing so, for instance, if we write a track tomorrow and are like ‘Whoa, this is a killer track, we’ve got to play this’, something else in the set that maybe isn’t working or isn’t 100 per cent as strong as we want it to be gets replaced.
“Until we’re 100 per cent happy and we’ve got all the tracks, that’s when the album will come out. Until that happens, tracks keep getting written and that’s why it’s hard to put a time frame on a new album.”The Prodigy headline the Warrior’s Dance Arena at Future Music on March 3 at Arena Joondalup. Tickets through Ticketmaster.
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