If you know me, you know how much I love Fatboy Slim. Not just as an artist, but also as a DJ. Especially as a DJ. Yes, these days he goes for a more broad EDM festival main stage sound and has the habit of playing a certain amount of always the same tracks and edits in his sets, but they still have a certain energy and playfulness, that most DJs lack these days. (Not to mention that even today he manages to pick some seriously cool tracks.) But today I wanna talk about his biggest influence on me.
It was 1998. His 2nd album “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby” became something of a global sensation and played in an endless loop on my stereo. You can imagine how I freaked out when I read on a list of upcoming music release dates, that apparently a new album was already coming out. It turned out that it was “just” a mix album, which curbed my enthusiasm a little bit, because I was hoping for new music by him. So I didn’t buy it immediately. I think it was during an “End of the year sale” or something, but the point is: I bought it and it changed my whole perception of DJing.
Normal DJ mixes were (and still are) pretty straight forward. One style from the beginning till the end. You don’t start a House set, just to end it with Drum ‘n’ Bass. You don’t start a Trance set, just to play Hip Hop. But “On The Floor At The Boutique” was different than every DJ set I’ve heard at this point! It not just started with some old-ass Bongo music*, but then progressed into a journey of cool grooves, distorted beats and Acid sounds that are so sharp, that they almost give you a headache. I was basically listening to this, thinking: “Holy shit, you can do THAT!?” while I felt my body and mind transform into something bigger and better. (No, I don’t know what that means either. I’m just throwing hyperbolic words together.)
*Of course these days I appreciate The Incredible Bongo Band much more.
The point is: Even today it’s still one of the greatest Mix albums/DJ sets you will ever here. Now I’m sure you can find the CD cheap on Amazon or eBay, but thankfully Skint has uploaded the whole thing to Mixcloud a while ago. Enjoy!