As part of the biggest Dance act of the 90’s you will of course all know Leeroy Thornhill. Being a member of one of the greatest bands of the last 20 years is as much as an introduction any one needs!
Leeroy spent 10 years with the Prodigy on their worldwide tours, numerous festival events and general hell raising shenanigans. A few years ago Leeroy left the band to concentrate on his own solo productions under the name Flightcrank and to re launching his DJ career which he didn’t really have time for while in the band. He picked up his musical style whilst touring with the Prod in mid 90’s it is a mix of tuff Electrobreaks, old skool samples, Hip Hop, rock and electro known as Miami Bass. This is basically a great mash up of breaks n electro style toons, using plenty of familiar hooks, with a good old skool feel. Heavy on the electro edge and full of funk that rocks the dancefloor.
Production wise Leeroy was very busy remixing and producing a lot of international talent including David Gray, Moby and Dr Doom (KoolKeith) and Flint.
Flightcrank – his band released their first album in March 2001. His own productions have been mixed by the likes of Maxim, Adamski, Lee Scratch Perry, Mad Professor and Genaside 2.
It went DJ crazy in 2003 with Leeroy having a full schedule including UK gigs and the festivals – V2003, St Petersburg Fort Dance & the MTV Festival in Ibiza. Internationally he had crowds dancing everywhere: Germany, Switzerland, Russia, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, a tour of Japan as well as his 3 month weekly summer residency Ibiza. Leeroy completed a very successful tour of Australia and New Zealand including supporting Public Enemy in December 2003 as well as headlining the massive 10,000+ New Years Eve event for Centro 360 in Singapore – a fitting way to end a great year.
2004 continued to be even better with more international gigs and festivals and a lot of time in the studio working on his next artist album and new productions with DJ Hyper amongst others. This is in addition to his numerous remixes including the Jungle Brothers and the Prodigy single “Hot Ride”. Leeroy went back on tour with the Prodigy in December 2004 supporting their number 1 album “Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned”………..but not dancing this time …… he was DJing and injecting a dose of dance floor mayhem!
2005 started with a bang on tour in Italy and then straight on to Australia for the Big Day Out festivals in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast alongside the Chemical Brothers, Beastie Boys, The Streets, Carl Cox and many more. His year has continued to get even better with international and UK gigs and festivals each week and more studio work. The year ended with a Hyper Live gig at the 7000 capacity Ministry of Sound event in Taipei.
After joining forces with renowned DJ Hyper to form the band HYPER – 2006 saw the release of the critically acclaimed Hyper album “We Control” featuring Leeroy on vocal duty. Joining them was Hyper’s production partner Ronnie and Jim Davies (Pitchshifter / The Prodigy). The album features collaborations with Wildchild (LA rapper), US Breakbeat superstars The Crystal Method, Dirty Harry (infamous UK rock chick and Tommy Lee collaborator), MC Xander and Kieron Pepper (The Prodigy).
They featured on the cover of DJ Magazine in June with a big feature on their trip to Japan and had a 2007 schedule packed with dates at the finest European festivals including Roskilde in Demark, Dour in Belgium, Glade and the V Festival in the UK, Extrema in Holland and many more……………..
2008 saw Leeroy’s with a diary packed with choice DJing dates all over the globe and UK festival appearances at V and the Isle of Wight and it also saw the launch of his own label ELECTRIC TASTEBUDS with three releases – Feel Da Beaks, Beat Messin & 80s Child. He also teamed up with Marten Hörger from Germany’s favourite electrobreaks act Boogie Army to form his new production outfit Smash Hi-Fi.
2009 kicked off to an excellent start with ELECTRIC TASTEBUDS gaining a nomination for best breakthrough label at the Breakspoll Awards and Leeroy performed an amazing set to a packed house at Fabric in London. Leeroy has just remixed for Hitchcock and will be remixing one of the singles off the new Prodigy album Invaders Must Die.
The first Electric Tastebuds label compilation album “Tasty” was released at the end of November 2009 featuring all the artiste’s Leeroy has signed so far. A mixture of sounds served up by the likes of The Wrongstars known for their pumping basslines and wrong behaviour; Jagged Slap who bring their usual infectious energy levels and pushing beats; Kouncil House makes his first appearance on the label, and with the continued support of Radio 1’s Annie Nightingale and Kissy Sellout, he’s one to watch out for; Smash Hifi back again with that dirty pulsing style they make their own; Controlled Change with a deep heady sound, big riffs and high energy; 601 deliver a stomper of a remix for The Wrongstars, with a bassline that takes hold, and doesn’t let go; plus a solo track from Leeroy – a gritty guitar driven track that takes a trip back to the electronic 80’s.
2010 sees Leeroy back in the studio working on new Smash Hi-Fi tracks and on new material with the legendary Kurtis Blow in advance of his European tour for the 30th Anniversary of “The Breaks”
Smash Hi-Fi’s track “Take me Back” was on the official Love Parade mix CD released in July 2010 and they also completed a remix for the official Love Parade anthem “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Westbam.
Leeroy is riding high with his production work, record label and his DJing – so listen out for his trademark electro, old skool, beats n’ breaks at an arena near you!