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Slim pickings for DJ Fatboy Slim as Covid knocks gigs on the head


Fatboy Slim (Yui Mok/PA)

Fatboy Slim (Yui Mok/PA)

Fatboy Slim (Yui Mok/PA)

Fatboy Slim feels it was "weird" not to DJ during the pandemic.

The 57-year-old, who has a 20-year-old son Woody and daughter Nelly (10) with ex ZOE BALL, told local man Phil Reynold's Celeb And The Average Podcast it has been the longest period he has not worked during his music career.

He explained: "It was just weird because for the last 15 or 20 years at least I'm used to going out every other weekend and doing what I do. It was quite weird at first. It was the longest I've not DJed, so it was kind of alien to me and not altogether unpleasant.

"I'll be honest, I've always promised myself a summer off in a home in Brighton with my kids and hanging out on the beach, but then I never could really do it because there'll be FOMO of all the festivals going on.

"So once I got my head around it, it was like, 'Well, let's use this time to spend quality time with my family. Just rest up a bit and have that kind of summer off'."

He admitted it's scary for him how long it will be before he gets to perform again.

"The idea of how long it is going to go on gets really scary. And so, especially for people in our end of the entertainment business, it's really scary because we're under no illusions that will be the last to be put back in place.

"The pubs first and then the gyms and then sports and sporting events but cramming tons of sweaty drunk people together to share bodily fluids and a common euphoria is going to be the last thing that we're allowed to do when you know that virus has been eradicated. It's kind of scary, but I'm really glad of the vaccine, though it might still be six months."

The DJ, whose real name is Normal Cook, revealed he realised he was famous was when he heard one of his songs playing in an episode of EastEnders at the Queen Vic.

He said: "I think the first time I knew I had arrived was when we heard a tune of ours on the jukebox at the Queen Vic.

"That's always a big moment in a musician's life - it's like, 'Oh, we're part of the furniture now.'"

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