Fatboy Slim reveals shocking ritual he goes through before performing
Fatboy Slim has revealed the shocking ritual he goes through before taking to the stage to perform.
Superstar DJ, real name Norman Cook, has a rather unorthodox request which his manager indulges in to make sure the musician is in the right frame of mind.
The 59 year old requires a slap round the face to ensure he’s alert and ready to go on stage for each gig.
‘That transformation involves three Red Bulls, putting on a Hawaiian shirt, removing my shoes and being slapped really hard around the face by my tour manager, Al,’ he said according to The Sun.
The ritual first came about when he went sober 14 years ago, with the smack taking the place of any drinks.
Unusual: Fatboy Slim, 59, has revealed the shocking ritual he goes through before taking to the stage to perform
He explained: ‘The slap replaces the cheeky vodka and orange or something else which used to get me on stage fighting.
‘It just means all my adrenaline is there and I am in a fighting mood to perk me up.’
Elsewhere, the star has admitted the first time he played a gig sober, he got stage fright and felt like a middle-aged man playing ‘loud squelchy noises to a bunch of drunk people’.
He checked himself into rehab in 2009 when he found his relationships with his family deteriorating.
But the star – previously married to broadcaster Zoe Ball – said he was ‘worried’ he wouldn’t be able to do his job anymore.
He told the Changes podcast that he got such bad stage fright that his knees turned to jelly, and he reevaluated his career.
He said: ‘I was worried about if I could still DJ.
‘The first time I DJ’d sober, I was so petrified. All those things they say about your knees turning to jelly – it actually felt like that.
Shocking: The 59 year old requires a slap round the face to ensure he’s alert and ready to go on stage for each gig
‘I was so stiff that I couldn’t dance or move.
‘I was paralysed with fear. All the stage fright I hadn’t had for 30 years all came at once.
‘It was like, what am I doing here? Why are you going to play that record next?
‘It’s just a bunch of squelchy noises.
‘It’s like, what the hell are you doing? You’re a middle-aged man playing a load of loud squelchy noises to a bunch of drunk people.
‘You’re waving your arms around, and they’re waving their arms around.
‘It took a really beautiful Japanese audience to get me over that.’
It comes after Fatboy Slim and Zoe Ball’s son Woody Cook has insisted his famous parents are ‘normal people’, as he discussed life growing up.
Speaking out: ‘My dad comes off stage, puts his slippers on and makes puzzles’: Zoe Ball and Fatboy Slim’s son Woody Cook, 22, insists his parents are ‘normal people’
Hilarious: Years before Woody (right) was born in 2000, Fatboy Slim (left) was a fixture on the London nightclub scene, admitting in 2020: ‘I was a drugged-up lunatic in the 1990s’
While his DJ father once admitted to being a ‘drugged-up lunatic’ during his 1990s heyday, his offspring, 22, remembers the mellowed Grammy-winner putting on a pair of slippers and getting stuck into a jigsaw puzzle following his sold-out gigs.
In an exclusive interview with MailOnline, Woody said: ‘It sounds like there was more alienation than there actually was. I’ve always been a normal person, hang out with normal people, and my parents are two normal people.
‘I think a lot of people have this idea of this different life that you live… I mean, it’s like, you know, for me growing up, the only thing I knew was different was my parents would be out working a lot.
‘And that’s the only thing I could put the notion on. I am like everyone else and I always have been.’
Family: Woody is pictured with his parents Zoe and Fatboy Slim in 2015