“If you could start betting on the arts [like sports] there’s more chance we might be able to get them going again”

In this episode, the topic is the UK’s clubs, festivals and night-time music culture. And our very special guest is Norman Cook.

Norman Cook has had a unique and prolific music career since 1985 when he joined indiepop band The Housemartins, before experimenting with new sounds in hip-hop, house music and big beat as a producer, remixer and artist – going on to become one of the most globally recognised superstar DJs in the mid-90s under his alias Fatboy Slim.

Norman holds the Guinness World Record for having the most top 40 hits under different names and aliases – from Beats International and Freak Power to Mighty Dub Katz and Pizzaman. He is a regular staple on the summer festival circuits, headlining stages all over the world and closing stages at Coachella, Glastonbury the New Orleans Voodoo Music Experience and Bestival amongst many others; and his legendary one-off shows include performances at World Cups, in the House of Commons, at the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony and to over 100,000 people on Brighton Beach.

We spoke to Norman in September 2020, just as the second wave of coronavirus was starting to become apparent in Europe – and we talked about the impact of the pandemic on the world of dance music, festivals and clubs – and whether there can be anything positive taken from a time in which the experiences he is famous for creating have been forbidden and unsafe.

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This is an always possible podcast.

The interviewer was Richard Freeman for always possible and the producer was Chris Thorpe-Tracey for Lo Fi Arts