Fatboy Slim conqueror of beaches, soccer stadiums and the forthcoming Ultra Music Festival, has just slayed another dragon, becoming the first DJ ever to perform in the House Of Commons last night. That’s like throwing a party in the House of Representatives. To celebrate, Norman Cook has offered up one of his famous bootlegs for free. Check out Fatboy’s “Get Down And Jump Into The Middle.” For those who want some visual accompaniment, the DVD of his Big Beach Bootique 5 party is out this week.
When making a list of the most influential electronic musicians of all time, somewhere in that top 5 must be Arthur Baker, the legendary producer who took a sample of Kraftwerk, added the brand new Roland 808 drum machine, and helped create modern techno and electro. Baker is still a major player, DJing around the world. But a new doc, 808 Tales, co-produced by Baker, looks back specifically on the machine that invented the need for sub-woofers. The film features the elite of electronic music and hip-hop, from Fatboy Slim to ?uestlove, reminiscing about the classic drum machine.
Check out the preview.
EDM might have exploded across the U.S., covering kids from New York and Miami to Las Vegas and Hollywood, but 2012 isn’t the first time dance music has hit critical mass. It’s been almost 15 years since Fatboy Slim (aka Norman Cook) hit the mainstream with his 1998 hit album, You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby, climbing to the top of the charts while hundreds of thousands of fans danced to “The Rockefeller Skank.”
Today, Cook is as active as ever, playing alongside next generation stars like Diplo and Skrillex at raves and festivals across the globe. And he’s even bringing back his legendary Big Beat Bootique event in his hometown of Brighton—a party that at it’s peak drew 250,000 fans. That’s TWO Electric Daisy Carnivals worth of attendees to hear one DJ. URB spoke with Cook about his upcoming headliner set at EDC New York, and realize that the more things change, the more they rave the same. …MORE
With less than a month before it’s debut, the New York edition of Electric Daisy Carnival has announced it’s line-up, including headliners Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Steve Angello, Richie Hawtin and Fatboy Slim. Promoters Insomniac have taken a page from their lead rival, Ultra Music Festival, in giving UK superstar Carl Cox his own stage to curate, which will feature John Digweed, Seth Troxler and an apparently not so retired Danny Tenaglia. Check the complete line-up for the event, taking place at Met Life Stadium May 18-20, after the jump. …MORE
It’s always scary when ship’s run aground, but despite the recent tragedy in Italy and a close call on our own Holy Ship! adventure, URB came back with nothing but blissful memories and a gallery full of the hottest sun-kissed dance music fans who took to the high seas to hear Skrillex, A-Trak, Diplo, Steve Aoki, Fatboy Slim and lots more.
Check the full gallery here.