Fatboy Slim: Dance music 'too commercial'
- Bang Showbiz
- 16 July 2014
Fatboy Slim has confessed he thinks dance music has become far too commercial but admits he's proud of artists such as Calvin Harris who are following in his footsteps
Fatboy Slim claims dance music has become "too commercial",
The veteran DJ - whose real name is Norman Cook - has confessed he feels as though the current popularity of dance music has resulted in pop stars trying to make money by putting a dance spin on their songs.
He explained: "It's got way too commercial and a lot of that electronic dance stuff really just sounds like pop music with squelchy noises.
"Before the internet it only happened after midnight in nightclubs and no-one really knew what went on."
The 50-year-old star - who is set to perform at a number of festivals throughout the summer - is also amazed by the new "rock-star" status of DJs.
He told the Daily Star newspaper: "We've been put on a pedestal that possibly we don't deserve and it might have gone too absurdly in the other direction now.
"When I started doing this thirty years ago, a DJs status was just above that of a glass collector."
Fatboy also admitted that seeing DJs such as Calvin Harris become such big stars makes him feel proud.
The 'Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat' hitmaker added: "People like Calvin Harris come up to me and say, 'When I was a kid you were my inspiration', and that means a lot. I'm really chuffed that I'm still around and invited to the party.
"I kind of feel like a proud uncle when I see people like Calvin."