The former Prodigy dancer DJs in Dubai. He stops off for a chat with Time Out before he takes to the decks. How polite.
What’s the most difficult thing about being 6 foot 7? There are many problems with being tall. Most things are built for the average person. Chairs, beds, clothes, planes – they can all be a hassle. I spend a lot of time getting my back realigned. But then again I don’t miss much when in a crowd, at a gig or at a football match.
Do you miss Keith and the boys? When was the last time you saw them? I stay in touch with the guys all the time. We still hang out.
Did you have to hone the ‘dancing on the spot move’? I’ve always enjoyed dancing but I’ve never really thought about doing it. It has always been a natural thing to me. The only time I would practice dancing was when I was young and breakdancing .
You refurbished a windmill. How is refurbishing a windmill different from refurbishing a house? Is it self-powered? I’ve lived in the windmill nine years now. It has no blades on it. It is 230 years old so you have to get permission for everything you do to it when building. You can find a million people to build you a house, but try finding someone to replace the dome (roof) on a 200 year old windmill... And it’s not self-powered, unfortunately.
Your record label, Electric Tastebuds, is currently focused on electronic dance music. What other styles do you plan to dabble in? I definitely want to expand the record label’s scope. I’ll be releasing a downtempo chill out album as well as more rock and indie tracks. But this is way off in the future. I want to take my time to build the label up, find other artists and make sure every release is of a good standard. I also intend to set up a media department creating music for adverts and film.
You’re recording vocals with DJ Hyper. How do you warm up your throat? Do you gargle salt and water? I just have a sing for a good half hour before recording. And I make sure I have plenty of fluid.
You dance, you sing, you play keyboards, you produce, you renovate houses – what did you originally want to do when you grew up? I wanted to be a Jedi Knight and rule the world with a big laser [laughs]. I always wanted to play football as a youngster. But I don’t think you know what you want to do until you get out in the world and go find it. There’s so much pressure on young people to know what they want to do these days.
What do you like doing most? Laughing.
What do you want to do next? Laugh some more. And remain happy and healthy.
The thing most people don’t know about me is… Going to remain the thing most people will never know about me. I can’t be giving away information like that. I’ll never sell my book.
The last time you came to Dubai you thought… I can’t believe I’ve got to go home. I love Dubai. The people are great, the culture and buildings are so interesting. It’s hard not to walk around with a big smile on my face. It’s a place I will always return to.
My biggest vice is... Life. I just can’t give it up.
The thing I’m most proud of is... My family.
Leeroy Thornhill plays Deep Club at Elegante on Friday February 22. Dhs140.