Few in India would know who Norman Cook is. But mention Cook’s moniker Fatboy Slim, and it immediately rings a bell. It also makes you want to break into a jig. The 52-year-old English superstar DJ has been making people groove since decades — and has publicly joked about how nobody knows what the retirement age for a DJs is. Cook is the man behind some high-energy party anthems such as Rockerfeller Skank, Right Here, Right Now, Praise You and Weapon of Choice. And he’s about to make Indian audiences dance to his tunes next week at the Enchanted Valley Carnival.
Q) The EDM (electronic dance music) scene in India has grown exponentially since you last played here (Cook performed in Delhi and Bengaluru in 2012).
It is still only my second time in India so it still feels like quite an adventure for me. A new audience, a different culture, but united in our desire to escape into a world of dance and celebration. It is always good to see a festival that goes further than the established genres. There are so many festivals that sometimes they all feel slightly the same. The location and adventure involved in BEVC (Bacardi Enchanted Valley Carnival) seems to create a unique vibe. I probably won’t be able to join in too many of the adventure sports but I will thrive off that atmosphere, and try and make it even more special. The location looks very special but with the emphasis on people getting involved with the action rather than just spectating. I like that in a crowd.
Q) EDM gets a lot of criticism — right from being perceived as an easy genre to make music in, to it all sounding the same.
Like all music, there is the good and the bad, the original and the predictable, the underground and the commercial. It is as easy to make bad country and western music as it is [to create] EDM.
Q) Are you familiar with Indian music?
Sadly, my musical education began and ended with Ravi Shankar. I feel ashamed — I should know more.
Q) Are you looking forward to trying out a specific food here?
It’s funny you say that, because I never really cared for Indian food until I was here a couple of years back. I have a lot of catching up to do, so I will be trying everything.
Q) Who are your influences?
The Clash, Grandmaster Flash, Armand Van Helden, Diplo, and Brian Eno.
Q) Any crazy fan moments?
I do worry about some of the tattoos I see. Do those kids really want my name on their arm for life?
Q) If not a musician, you would be...?
Q) How do you unwind?
Cooking or watching football
Q) An upcoming DJ to watch out for?
Q) An instrument you would like to learn someday?
The cuica (a Brazilian friction drum)
Q) Favourite venue to perform at?
Space, Playa d’en Bossa, Ibiza
What: Fatboy Slim will perform at Cosmos Stage, Bacardi Enchanted Valley Festival on December 19.
Where: Aamby Valley City, Lonavla
Tickets: Rs 4,000 onward on evc.co.in