Norman Cook is also known in EDM circles as Fatboy Slim, and he was big before Electronic Dance Music’s latest surge in popularity. He ruled dance-floors in the 1990s and drew in fans that would never otherwise have listened to anything in the genre. In some ways it could be said that the mainstream popularity EDM has now is, in part, due to him. He has said that he takes pleasure in knowing that he played a role in what EDM has become. The 49-year-old Cook was born in Bromley, England and was a drummer in a new Wave rock band before embarking on his DJing career in Brighton.
It may surprise many Fatboy Slim fans, particularly those who were listening to EDM in the 1990s that he is a fan of Skrillex, though he does not particularly like dubstep itself. He considers Skrillex to be something of a genius and admires his expertise. He has also come to the defense of DJs derided as “button-pushers” by Deadmau5. He has said that the skill in being a DJ is knowing how to entertain a crowd, so technical ability is not as important.
Norman Cook’s alter ego, Fatboy Slim has one major project coming up and it will involve a broadcast of his performance at the Amex Football Stadium in Brighton on August 31st, 2012. The show was shot before of more than 40,000 fans in front of a 600 square meter LED video wall. The set-list included all of the hits that his fans from the '90s have permanently etched into their memories, including “Right Here, Right Now” and Rockefeller Skank.” The performance will be shown in several hundred cinemas for one night only.