iafrica.com – Fatboy Slim – Big on beats (30 Nov 2007)

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by Nils van der Linden
Fri, 30 Nov 2007

“Dance music isn’t at its peak at the moment,” Norman Cook says, rather wistfully, from his Brighton beachfront home on the south of England.

“Five years ago it was breaking rules and turning people on who didn’t like dance music — rock bands wanted to get involved, and people were excited.”

“Since then we’ve kind of lost our momentum a little bit. When big beat came around in the ’90s it gave dance music a kick up the arse, with groups like Daft Punk and Chemical Brothers,” adds the man better known as Fatboy Slim.

“We’re treading water a bit at the moment so I’m trying to do something different.”

ZA@Play – Marrying music and football [South Africa] (30 Nov 2007)

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Athos Kyriakides catches up with up with Fatboy Slim ahead of his scheduled tour of South Africa

Fatboy Slim, also known as Norman Cook, is very much a product of the Nineties, but his appeal has not diminished since he broke on to the music scene as one-third of the acid house hit-makers, Pizzaman. He moved on to focus on his current incarnation, Fatboy Slim, which began with a trio of singles and the full-length album, Better Living through Chemistry.

He has written the music for a musical, won a Grammy and churned out an impressive five albums, including his most recent effort, Why Try Harder: The Greatest Hits. His raucous blend of house, acid, funk, hip-hop, electro and techno have added to his formidable reputation as one of the foremost all-around producers on the scene. When he threw his Big Beach bash in Rio, Brazil, last year, a staggering 360 000 people turned up.

Big Beach Boutique Deck Chair Signed

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You are bidding on a genuine special edition 'Big Beach Boutique' deck chair, made to mark the album launch of the July 2002 Brighton Beach dance event. This is from the 2nd year the event was held, and has been signed by the headlining DJ, … Read More >>

Fatboy Slim – Live in Brazil 2008

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Photo courtesy of Paulo Oliveira. It seems that Norm will be (again) in Brazil this next year! All need to be confirmed but… sources: www.opovo.com.br & www.obaoba.com.br

Thelondonpaper.com – Into The Mixing Bowl

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by Jessica Holland. Tuesday, 13 November 2007

What do you think of the UK dance music scene – is it vibrant at the moment?

No, vibrancy awaits. It will happen next May when my album comes out! I think it’s always had lulls. It had a lull and then drum & bass came along, and it had a lull and then Daft Punk came along. Then it had a lull and big beat came along. Every DJ I know, we’re all scratching our heads trying to come up with the new element, because it’s definitely a bit of a fallow period. But sometimes you need that. Fallow periods were invented by farmers to rejuvenate the soil and make it rich again.

Fatboy Slim in South Africa in December 2007

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Superstar DJ and big-beat master Fatboy Slim is headed to South Africa in December 2007 with a box of records that he’ll be spinning in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

The man born Norman Cook — behind hits like ‘Praise You’ and ‘The Rockafeller Skank’ — will be in the country courtesy of the “Coaching for Hope” initiative. The charity uses football to empower young people in the developing world by making them aware of the dangers of HIV and Aids.

Already active in Mali and Burkina Faso, “Coaching for Hope” is expanding its programme to South Africa ahead of the 2010 World Cup and Cook’s visit coincides with International World Aids Day on 1 December.