The Prodigy, ‘At Astoria, Backstage, No.I’ © Erroll Jones at Proud Galleries London

The Prodigy, ‘At Astoria, Backstage, No.I’

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© Erroll Jones
London, U.K. 1991
My Mate's Band series

Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity
Film stock / Ilford XP2 120

My Mates’ Band series depicts the early days of the legendary English electronic dance music band The Prodigy, as captured by photographer Erroll Jones. As a keen photographer and good friend of Maxim and their manager Ziggy, Erroll would often bring his camera along to their early gigs, unsuspecting of the level of fame they would eventually achieve.

At the time the photographs were taken, the band was relatively unknown outside the rave circuit. When making prints in the college darkroom, other students would often ask Erroll about the subjects of his works, to which he would respond: ‘It’s just my mates’ band’. Shot entirely on film, both medium format and 35mm, the series comprises a collection of never-before-seen images including live on stage and backstage moments of the band on tour, offering up an intimate behind the scenes glimpse of one of the most iconic artist groups to date.

‘Not that I can honestly remember the date, but it would have most likely been Autumn 1990. I'm in the back of a car on my way home from a rave. The driver is my mate Ziggy. Sharkey, my housemate is in the passenger seat and in the back with me is Keith and maybe one other. Keith hands Ziggy a tape, of his mate's (Liam) music to play. He said that he, Sharkey and Leeroy were going to be the dancers for Liam's band, and asked Ziggy if he would consider managing them. Ziggy plays the tape and seemingly loves it, saying it was brilliant and he could see this being massive. I was really into House music at the time and have to confess I didn't really like Liam's tape, and distinctly remember saying to Ziggy when we got out the car, ‘you didn't really mean that did you?’ He said, ‘Of course I did, this is the future.’ Needless to say he was right.' Erroll Jones

'I went to the Prodigy first and second gig at Labyrinth and loved it - Clearly I just needed a bit of time- and subsequently saw them play at pretty much all the big raves back then, and although I was a keen photographer I never took a camera as I was having way too much of a good time. However, a short while after Mike Champion became manager, I did start taking a camera to the gigs.’ Erroll Jones

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