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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

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Leeroy Thornhill / The Prodigy’s former DJ rocks Phnom Penh’s electronic underground

By: Tom O’Connell - Posted on: January 8, 2019 | Cambodia

When the Prodigy’s legendary album The Fat of the Land dropped in 1997, it marked a rock-oriented departure for the hardcore dance/industrial band as well as the exit of the group’s DJ and keyboardist, Leeroy Thornhill, who went on to a wildly successful solo and DJ career. Thornhill was in the Prodigy’s original lineup, helping it to pioneer the big beat sound that ruled electronic music in the 1990s along with the likes of Fatboy Slim and the Chemical Brothers. Thornhill, 50, has recorded solo under the names Longman and Flightcrank, and is in demand as a DJ all over the world. Southeast Asia Globe catches up with Thornhill ahead of his upcoming appearance in Phnom Penh, where he said a healthy electronic music scene has long been simmering

Leeroy Thornhill will play in Phnom Penh on the 11 January at Pontoon nightclub

When did you first play Phnom Penh?
My first gig was eight years ago when Eddie [Newman, of Code Red Agency] invited me to play at Pontoon along with Goldie.

Does Phnom Penh have much of an electronic music scene?
For sure there is a scene there – otherwise, I wouldn’t still be coming back. Along with many other well-known DJ’s, I think it still has a small underground scene. Commercial electronic music is still more popular.

Why did you leave the Prodigy?
As a band, it didn’t need me anymore. Once Keith [Flint] started to do vocals, the dynamic changed and the show became more rocky than dance.

The Fat of the Land is on the top ten list of many industrial/hard dance fans. Is it one of your prouder achievements?
There is no one thing that stands out. Just being a part of the band and reaching an audience worldwide is an achievement. Every tune we released had the same buzz for me.

When you began your DJ journey, what was your gear setup? How has it changed to today?
When I first started about 34 years ago, my mate DJ Physics had some belt-driven Technics, real basic, and a small two-channel mixer. Nowadays, I don’t have a setup at home. I still have my 1210 Technics. But they don’t get used very often as I don’t play with vinyl anymore.

Is the DJ the backbone of industrial/hard dance music?
For me, yes. DJ’s are the source of electronic music. They have made it possible for the modern-day electronic dance bands to exist.

In your solo career, what’s been your biggest challenge? What have been some highs and lows?
I think the biggest challenge is being accepted for your own music after coming from the band. It has taken me many years to form my own sound, and only now am I truly happy with the music I am writing. I look at low points as learning curves, lessons to drive you on to be better.

Worst gig you’ve ever had and why?
That’s a hard one. I don’t have one particular gig [that comes to mind]. I think it’s when a promoter books you for your name and not your music, it gets frustrating. You play one track and then someone’s asking for some pop shit from a boy band or something, and you’re just thinking, what am I doing here, this is gonna be a long two hours.

What was the wildest night of your life on tour?
If I told you that, I would have to kill you.

Who’s influenced your music?
I’m influenced by all styles of music, from hip hop to rock, punk.

Current artists you’re grooving on now?
Right now the Prototypes, Mafia Kiss and Bubble Couple are doing it for me with their productions.

How has digital music affected you? What’s your favorite format and why?
I don’t think formats matter. It’s what you do with it that counts. If you wanna sync music to DJ, you are only fooling yourself.

What does the future of music look like to you?
Who knows, if they ban all the shit TV shows… maybe cool music will make its way to the forefront again. And please, for god sake, stop with the Auto-Tune vocals – if you can’t sing, don’t sing.

Leeroy Thornhill plays DJ sets with special guests at Pontoon nightclub in Phnom Penh on 11 January from 10pm until late.