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 over 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 and his own productions have been mixed by the likes of Maxim, Adamski, Lee Scratch Perry, Mad Professor and Genaside 2.
After joining forces with renowned DJ Hyper to form the band HYPER and saw the release of the critically acclaimed Hyper album “We Control” featuring Leeroy on vocal duty. 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).
Leeroy has now teamed up with Marten Hörger ( winner of two Breakpoll 2014 awards) from Germany’s favourite electrobreaks act Boogie Army to form his new production outfit Smash HiFi.
Smash HiFi’s first track “Take me Back” was on the official Love Parade mix CD and they completed a remix for the official Love Parade anthem “Don’t Look Back in Anger” by Westbam. 2013 saw Leeroy back in the studio working on new Smash Hi-Fi tracks and on new material with the legendary Kurtis Blow after his European tour for the 30th Anniversary of “The Breaks”. Smash Hi-Fi completed a fantastic new remix of the Micky Finn classic track “Justice”.
Smash HiFi headlined the main stage for the closing party of the legendary Kazantip Republic festival in the Ukraine and they were nominated at Breakspoll 2013 for best remix of Alex Clare “Too Close”.
2015 will see the release of the first Smash HiFi album Order More Disorder, a heavy multi-genre collaboration that features vocals from Kurtis Blow, Kym Mazelle, Agent Lexie, MC Sirreal and Melle Mel
The single Ready for This was released in March 2014 on Krafty Kuts’ Instant Vibes Label. Buzzing with the sound of breaks, bass, hip hop, drum & bass and everything in between this genre mashing single
is a little taster of what’s to come.
The ‘808’ remix EP by Maxim from The Prodigy will be released in early December 2014 through ‘we Are noize’ and Leeroy has done an uber classy 130 breaks workout that would fit as easily into an electro set as it would breaks.
Leeroy is riding high with his production work, record label and his DJing – so listen out for his trademark electro, bass, old skool, beats n’ breaks at a club or arena near you!