Fatboy Slim, Nervo & Oliver Heldens at Shrine – September 18th
Cook started his career in the eighties as a guitarist in the successful, socialist pop group ‘The Housemartins’. After this group disbanded Cook got more involved in DJ-ing and making dance music under the alias ‘Fatboy Slim’. Cook’s success lies in his ability to blend funky breakbeats with the most catchy melodies and riffs, and he has reached a wider audience than many DJs by combining elements of rock and dance music. “Everybody Needs A 303” mixes a funky bass guitar riff with various analogue effects and “Song For Lindy” features slide guitar, busy percussion, tubular bells and house-style piano, while “Magic Carpet Ride” has a ska-edged feel with its guitar and horn hook. In this way he has coloured his music with a variety of styles and been broadminded enough to look further than the “old-school” hip-hop and acid jazz cliches which pervade much of the scene. While he admits his music is simple, cheesy and obvious, describing himself as “just a party fiend who nicks bits of other people’s records”, his light-hearted attitude and unashamedly amateurish approach, which also pervades Skint, could prove more important in the long run than the sound itself. His high-profile marriage to television and radio personality Zoe Ball, has ensured tabloid coverage for his every move during his present popularity.
From songwriters to artists and super-fans to superstars, electronic dance music’s first sisters – Mim and Liv Nervo of NERVO – have staged a miraculous climb onto the international stage, straight from the pit in front of it. These multi talented DJ dynamos are the all-time top-ranking female DJs in the world, voted by their legions of fans to No. 16 on DJ Magazine’s influential 2013 “Top 100 DJs” poll. In-demand and beloved across the globe, their nonstop schedule takes them from the shimmering beaches of Ibiza, to their studio in their home-away-from-hometown of London, to the towering Main Stage of Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. And everywhere they go, their infectious energy, fearless personal style, and deep love and understanding for the music precedes them. Mim and Liv’s career caught fire in 2009, when they co-wrote the the emphatic and grand global hit “When Love Takes Over” – for David Guetta and Kelly Rowland. But their journey into dance music started years prior in the festival fields of their native Australia, when as teenagers they went all-out for life-changing electronic acts like The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, and Fatboy Slim.
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