The Prodigy’s Maxim burnt his own art following Keith Flint’s death
The Prodigy became global superstars after releasing their iconic chart-topping album, The Fat Of The Land back in 1997, attracting fans with their hard-hitting drum and bass production as well as excentric vocals. Outside of the legendary group, vocalist Maxim is also a dedicated artist but the passing of his bandmate and friend Keith Flint in 2019 led him to destroy his own works.
While Maxim is most known globally for his energetic live performances and iconic vocals throughout The Prodigy’s discography, he also utilizes painting and visual creations as a form of release.
It’s another form of expression for me, just like the band and like designing my own clothes Over 10 years ago, I had this concept of doing some artwork with people who’d passed away at 27 and died from drug overdoses. The 27 Club – people like Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison. I always just tried to push the boundaries of art and because it was drug overdoses, I did these paintings with pills. After that, quite a few people started using pills in their art too.
While his latest works were nearing completion, Maxim had a change of heart regarding his art following the tragic passing of his friend Keith Flint:
But it got to a point where I didn’t feel it was right – and it was probably because of Keith. After he died, I destroyed them. I burnt them like a bonfire in the back garden. I saw people creating artwork after Keith… cashing in. I didn’t want to be any part of that and I vowed not to do musicians then.
The tragic memory was relayed to Metro ahead of Maxim beginning a new show at Clarendon Fine Art in London beginning on November 15th. While Maxim’s revelation about the burning of his art is sad, it is great to see him continuing to push forward and continue to create and share with the world. As The Prodigy continue to perform on massive stages, the singer discussed how the legacy and impact of Keith is still with them, “Of course, the dynamic has changed. He’s not here. We go on. But his spirit is here.”