Veteran DJ prepares for a fun time down south


Bring it on: Norman Cook having a blast in this file picture from his last visit to Malaysia.

BRITISH superstar DJ Fatboy Slim is itching to get the party started this year, and his participation in the Future Music Festival Asia 2015 next weekend could just be the ticket to get back to being a party animal.

“It has been very quiet for me so far because my wife is a TV presenter and has been on a 31-date tour, so I’ve been at home with the kids the whole of January,” the Brighton-domiciled Norman Cook, 51, said during a recent phone interview. His wife is BBC TV and Radio presenter Zoe Ball.

But now, he is ready to join the masses in the Future Music Festival Asia 2015, organised by Malaysia’s Livescape Group together with Australia’s Future Music Entertainment, and brought over to Singapore this year at the Changi Exhibition Centre on Mar 13 and 14.

“I can’t wait to get out on the road. I’m ready to forget that I’m a parent and turn back into a party animal. It’s very good news for anybody who wants to party with me because I’m bang up for it,” he said.

Looking back at the last year, Cook did have a good 2014 even by his own lofty standards.

“I think the highlight of the year for me was going to the World Cup. Being the semi-official DJ of the World Cup and getting to see some games; that was the best part of my job, to be involved in sporting events like that,” he added.

That highlight produced his most recent production output, the BEM Brasil mix album he conceived for the 2104 Football World Cup in Brazil.

“The concept behind it was that it was the soundtrack for people watching the World Cup that was made involving Brazilian people rather than (the likes of) J-Lo and Pitbull,” he explained.

“It was done with a lot of tunes; it was great fun to explore (and remix) Brazilian music because I really love Brazilian music, and it became kind of the soundtrack and the music that was used in the TV coverage.

“And best of all it got to #5 in the Brazilian charts. That’s the seal of approval for me. Everybody that watched and, generally, everybody I met during the World Cup said they preferred my album to J-Lo and Pitbull’s.”

But other than that Cook does seem to currently prefer the DJing life on the road as opposed to releasing productions as he did in the past.

“At this point in life, I’m not a producer, I’m mainly a DJ. I haven’t got a fire in my heart to make tunes at the moment. I kind of feel that after 30 years in the business, I don’t have to make records unless I’ve really got a passion for it. So I’m not really doing much in the studio.

“But at the same time, my passion and my love for DJing, travelling around the world, making people smile and dance; that is as strong as ever and also takes up most of the year.”

So what keeps him going after 30 years in the music industry?

“At the moment, it’s watching young people smiling and dancing, enjoying themselves. Even though I can get a little bit jaded sometimes about the business, the Internet and downloading, when sometimes you think, this isn’t the music industry that I was getting excited about when I was making records, the one thing that hasn’t changed is the young people going out and having fun and being involved in that keeps me young and passionate,” he said.

And the year ahead will see him doing more travelling and DJing, with the famed Glastonbury festival, the summer Ibiza season, plus a three-day rave cruise all set to be in the mix.

“I’ll be enjoying the touring of a DJ, especially since, 15 years ago it was a very very small market then now the DJ feels like the world is yours. I’ve put in all the hard work 20 years ago, now I feel like I’m reaping the benefits.”

Fatboy Slim joins over 50 acts Future Music Festival Asia 2015 (FMFA), brought to you by The Livescape Group and Future Music Group Australia. FMFA’s full line-up comprises an eclectic blend of critically acclaimed artistes.

More significantly, FMFA 2015 will see a strong Malaysian presence with 25% of the artiste roster Malaysian.

International artistes include Afrojack, Art Department, Avicii, Bassjackers, Darude, Example, Fatboy Slim, Ferry Corsten, Giorgio Moroder, Green Velvet, Gorgon City, Knife Party, Markus Schulz, New World Punx, Protoculture, Public Enemy, Robin Schulz, Sander van Doorn, Sigma, Tchami, Tenishia, Timmy Trumpet and The Prodigy.

Malaysian artistes appearing are Altimet, Budculture, Dangerdisko Live, DJ Biggie, H3, Goldfish & Blink, Indigo & Co, Joe Flizzow, Mr Nasty & Guru Guru, Sona One, Terence C, WDTFAA and Xu.

Singaporeans and regionals (where stated) artistes appearing are Aldrin, Bottlesmoker (ID), DJ Andrew T (AOS), Glen Check (KR), Poptart, Lion City Boy, LTN (ID), Mr Has, Nez, Oliver Osborne and Ya5th.

They will performing across three stages for the two-day Festival at the 140,000 square-metre Changi Exhibition Centre, from Mar 13 to 14 March, 2015. Tickets are available for purchase via www.futuremusicfestival.asia and are available in three categories: Single Day - Day 1 Only (SGD178), Weekend - Two-Day Pass (SGD228), and VIP (SGD388). Future Music Festival Asia 2015 is open to guests aged 18-years and older only. ID verifications will be carried out at the door. *Ticket prices listed above also exclude the ticket agent’s booking and credit card processing fees.

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