Fatboy Slim – Interview
With a mighty 10 MTV VMA awards and two Brits to his name, Norman Cook AKA Fatboy Slim has been rocking the electronica scene since he helped launch the big-beat genre in the early 1990s. Despite not releasing anything new for a few years, Fatboy Slim is still at large on the festival scene, playing to crowds that are bigger and crazier than ever before. We chat to the legendary DJ about this year’s festival circuit, bizarre fan mail and why it’s always best to perform with no shoes on.
So how does it feel to be making a comeback to Creamfields, looking forward to it?
Of course, always a pleasure and a compliment to be invited straight back after doing it last year. You don’t take shizzle like that for granted…
How was last year? Will 2015 be even bigger for you?
Sort of sideways rather than bigger. Rather than just repeat what we did on the main stage I am stoked to be curating my own arena, choosing all the acts and trying to build a club within a festival rather than just a branding exercise. The Smile High Club is intended to push the parameters of how much cosy lunacy we can create on top of the standard of dis-behaviour that happens at Creamfields.
As The Smile High Club is new for 2015, have you got any other surprises up your sleeve for Creamfields this year?
Mos def! One of our bigger pranks will be attempting to break the world record for a human smiley (it currently stands at 4,047) confidence is high but we need everyone to get involved! More details will be on Creamfields’ and my own social media nearer the time!
Having your name on the list of Q Magazine’s “50 bands to see before you die” is pretty impressive, we’d like to know what top 5 bands are on your wish list?
1. Major Lazer
2. Hot Chip
3. J.E.S.U.S. (Jackmaster, Eats Everything, Skream unt Seth Troxler)
5. The Chemical Brothers
You’re shipwrecked on a desert island. What’s your weapon of choice?
A Kin Gyuto 210mm chef’s knife.
Has anyone from the Creamfields line up caught your attention recently?
Hot Since 82 and Eats Everything catch my attention all the time, they’re both like that!
As you’re an absolute icon to many, what would you say is the proudest moment of your life?
When you have a dildo named after you, you know you’ve arrived….
What’s the weirdest fan mail you’ve ever received?
I recently had to propose to someone’s girlfriend for them by sending a video. She said ‘yes’ (to him not me!)
What’s the best venue/gig you’ve ever played?
So many but Brighton Beach will always have a special place in my heart. Space Ibiza is my favourite indoor venue…
What song sums up your life?
INXS- ‘Elegantly wasted’
If you could time travel back to an era which would it be? And who would you collaborate with from this period?
Haight Ashbury, San Fransisco circa 1967. I would be making tunes on 8track with Sly Stone…
Describe Fatboy Slim in 3 words…
Smiley acid goof.
Any advice to young fellow DJ’s? (SEE PHOTO BELOW)
Fatboy Slim will be performing at Creamfields UK on August 30 and Cream at Amnesia Closing Party in Ibiza on September 17. Info and tickets available from www.cream.co.uk. Read our review of Fatboy Slim’s set at Parklife at www.exposedmagazine.co.uk.