By Scott T. Sterling
The current EDM explosion hasn’t been missed by TV honcho Simon Cowell, who is currently developing Ultimate DJ, an American Idol-styled reality competition show that replaces singers with dance music jocks.
While news of the impending show has elicited a variety of responses across the dance music universe, veteran DJ/producer Fatboy Slim has let it be known in no uncertain terms that he is not feeling the concept even a little bit.
“Simon Cowell was talking about doing a show and everyone in the business, he kind of started approaching us, and we were like, ‘F–k off. No – that’s a terrible idea!’,” the artist born Norman Cook ranted to Digital Spy during an interview at France’s Electrobeach Music Festival last weekend (July 11-12). “That’s the good thing about dance music; it grows organically through drunk people late at night coming up with stupid ideas. It’s not something that can be scripted or transported into a TV studio.”
Fatboy Slim went to elaborate how genuine dance music simply doesn’t fit into television’s rigid formats, no matter how hard programmers try to make it work.
“I get offered loads of TV shows and they’re like, ‘Can you perform for five minutes?’ But DJ-ing takes two hours and an audience. It’s not like you can go out there and sing your latest song,” he stated. “Because of that, it will always remain slightly outside the mainstream. At the end of the day, it’s about taking a big bunch of high people and trying to get them higher, which you can’t do on TV.”
Ironically, the DJ has been sober since 2009, after years of indulging in a hard-partying lifestyle.
Fatboy Slim’s upcoming tour itinerary finds him swinging by the West Coast of North America for a handful of dates, touching down in Los Angeles with Nervo (Sept. 18), followed by appearances in San Francisco (Sept. 19) and Vancouver (Sept. 21) as part of this year’s Mad Decent Block Party 2014.