Quickfire Q&A with superstar Brit DJ FatBoy Slim

June 6, 2014 by Gregory Herpe

ENGLAND’S unofficial DJ at the World Cup in Brazil, Fatboy Slim – aka Norman Cook, 50 – has mixed his favourite Brazilian music on new compilation Bem Brasil.

A major star in Brazil, DJ Norman Cook (aka Fatboy Slim) is well qualified to curate this Latin American party album. With the help of club-conscious mates, including fellow DJs Carl Cox and Diplo, he mixes the rhythms of the Rio carnival with the pounding electronics of European dance.

A double album, Bem Brasil is divided into night-time and daytime discs.

The former features bustling samba drums and updates of standards such as Airto Moreira’s rousing Celebration Suite. The  daytime disc features a superb reworking of bossa nova guitarist Gilberto Gil’s Toda Menina Baiana.

What was your nickname at school?

Ox. My real name is Quentin and a mate called me Quentocks after the Quantock Hills in Somerset. That became The Ox. I changed my name to Norman when I was 22.

What was your favourite childhood toy?

A Spectrum Patrol Vehicle from Captain Scarlet. I had it for years – it had all the gadgets where the doors opened and you could fire missiles.

Describe your kitchen…

Functional, wooden and much-loved. I’m the cook in our family and my speciality is making things up from whatever is in the fridge. I’m good at risottos, but my kids would say my best meal is cauliflower cheese.

What’s your favourite thing that Kanye West has said or done?

I’m obsessed by Bound 2. My four-year-old daughter Nelly loves it too. I’ve got a morbid fascination with Kanye. I’m not sure if I love or hate him, but I think that’s how he wants all of us to feel.

What’s your worst festival toilet experience?

Glastonbury definitely has the worst toilets in the world.

Have you killed an animal?

Do fish count? I like fishing, so I’ve killed many fish. Other than that, I’ve not killed anything bigger than an insect.

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