Fatboy Slim: The Original

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Tiesto had just commenced the In Search of Sunrise series, Ferry Corsten was into hardcore gabber, Armin van Buuren and David Guetta had just released their first tracks and Skrillex was confined to boarding school: but Fatboy Slim was already the original superstar DJ. Musician, producer and a dance music icon, Norman Quentin Cook would lead the big beat revolution. With his 1998 album You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby churning out hits The Rockafeller Skank, Praise You and Right Here, Right Now across MTV and radio waves, he would bridge the gap between mainstream and the underground, thrusting dance music onto its steady incline into commercialism.

From there, the Brighton turntablist’s influence has only grown: 2001 saw him sweep the MTV awards with the now-iconic Weapon of Choice clip. 2002 saw over 250,000 people gravitate to Brighton for the second of Cook’s open air beach gigs, the traffic from which jammed the town until the next day and resulted in a ban imposed against Norman ever playing in Brighton again. The following years saw a slew of gigs around the world, including an iconic performance at Glastonbury, with his sets performed before a visual stage of video screens with 3D lighting. After 2006, Fatboy Slim was invited to perform in his home town once more, and he has since been included in every major festival and event around the world. While his career of late has been besieged by health issues, the DJ has recently bounced back stronger than ever. In the lead up to the 2012 Future Music Festival tour, we caught up with Norman Cook and confirmed that looking back, he’s come a long way, baby.

Hi Norman. So what are you most looking forward to at Future Music Festival?
I’ve always loved touring Australia: just getting back there and seeing the mental crowds you have. Doing these festivals is great because you get to hang out with other acts, and it’s quite a nice lineup as well. Normally, you go to a festival and you never get to see anyone else’s set. I’m looking forward to hanging out with Swedish House Mafia, Tinie Tempah and all of the other amazing people who are going to be around. It’s good because it feels like you’re on a big school trip!

What weapons of choice will you be bringing to the dancefloor?
I’ve got an audio-visual show coming. I’m more of a VJ these days. We write visuals first and as I play the CDJs, that triggers the visuals – we have sync’d visuals, which makes for a tighter and visually more exciting show. And the same full on acid house party nonsense, really! I’ll be DJing with Serato and CDJs which will be triggering the visuals; but still mixing with CDJs – so you’ll know I’m doing it live.

Since you last hit Australian shores, it seems you’ve had a very difficult couple of years plagued by health issues, controversy, and family problems. What have you learned about yourself over these last few years?
I faced my demons and beat them off with a stick. I’m happier, healthier and I’m doing a better job. I’ve been focused on my inner wellbeing. I’ve been on tour for the last two years now, so the demons have been banished.

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discotheque said on the 23rd Feb, 2012

I can't hate on Fatboy Slim as he was one of my main influences that got me into electronic music and his set at Red Rocks with the Chemical Brothers back in July 17 1999 was something that I will never forget.


scottyk82 said on the 23rd Feb, 2012

Love. This. Dude. I would love to see a celebrity death match between FBS & SHM. Norman bashes Angello over the head with a plate to zorba dance music. Then brings a Rhino into the ring to impale Ingrosso, and finishes off with breaking an Ikea chair over Axwell's head as he is the only real Swedish douche out of the 'Swedish House Hegarty'. Go Norman!


sizmos said on the 23rd Feb, 2012

i have much respect for him when he says he doesnt have the need to bring out a new record, id rather dj's maintain their integrity rather than try and push out crappy commercial tracks


Lozz27 said on the 24th Feb, 2012

Love FATBOY, surely he should be headlining a stage?!?


LunarCat said on the 24th Feb, 2012

Good article. A quality music maker and an important EDM influence any day. 8)
But even if you set that aside, one has to respect Fatboy Slim... I mean, remember what might be the [URL="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCDIYvFmgW8"]coolest music video ever? ;D


DHindahouse said on the 27th Feb, 2012

i went to Brighton in 2002. That was a mental day. Unforgettable.