Ahead of his latest Creamfields performance, we sat down with Fatboy Slim to talk UK crowds, Woodstock and how the scene has changed since the 90’s. “When I was younger, if you liked club music the only time you could ever hear it was by going to a club,” he says.
Fatboy Slim is a name that everyone knows. Since the 90’s, he has continually been at the top of his game as both a tastemaker and a pioneer, a leader not a follower. Whether its ‘Eat Sleep Rave Repeat‘ or even earlier hits such as ‘Praise You‘ and ‘Right Here, Right Now,’ Fatboy Slim has given the electronic scene some of the most pivotal tracks and moments to date. There’s certainly no surprise that he has seen a lot of change in both how the scene has developed and how the attitudes towards the music have shifted, so ahead of his latest headlining set at Creamfields in his own curated tent, we got his opinion on all of this, as well as the infamous Woodstock ’99 show and much more.
Since you performed at the very first edition of Creamfields in 1998, what are the biggest differences you’ve seen from that edition all the way up until now?
“I’ll be honest, there’s not a huge amount of change. It’s still run by the same people, who put the same love into it. And it’s still frequented by similar people, who are different generations but still share the same love. What I love about here [Creamfields] is because it’s all DJs, and it’s all dance music, it hasn’t got that edge. It’s our family, it’s our community, and everyone has just one goal which is to have fun and look after each other. It’s very passive and beautiful. But yeah, it hasn’t really changed. Rock music, politics and things like that change but dance music has always had the same drive.”