Fatboy Slim Says Dance Music 'Got Way Too Commercial'

DJ slams today's dance music scene.

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Veteran DJ Fatboy Slim has confessed that he thinks today's dance music is "too commercial."

The "Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat" hitmaker feels that pop stars give their tracks dance elements in order to make more money. In an interview with the Daily Star newspaper (via Gigwise), the DJ claimed that dance music has "got way too commercial and a lot of that electronic dance stuff really just sounds like pop music with squelchy noises."

The DJ added "Before the internet it only happened after midnight in nightclubs and no-one really knew what went on."

Also mentioning his opinions on the fame that DJ's receive today, Slim said "We've been put on a pedestal that possibly we don't deserve and it might have gone too absurdly in the other direction now."

However, the DJ expressed how proud he is when seeing the success that DJs such as Calvin Harris have been receiving.

"People like Calvin Harris come up to me and say, 'When I was a kid you were my inspiration', and that means a lot," he said. "I'm really chuffed that I'm still around and invited to the party. I kind of feel like a proud uncle when I see people like Calvin."

Slim recently revealed that he was approached by Simon Cowell to star in a new reality show called Ultimate DJ, but declined telling him to "f--k off."

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    Are you ****ing serious UG? Did you listen to me and make another fatboy slim article? Thats ****ing awesome.
    Too commercial? as opposed to when his songs were EVERYWHERE?
    But back then the instrumentation of pop songs was far more varied. I remember listening to some late 90s/early 2000s pop a few weeks ago and thinking that the tracks themselves were actually decent as far as instrumentation goes. Not bashing more modern pop, everything has it's place, but it's just nice to hear a relatively thin mix using real instruments.
    I agree with Estranged. When he first started, it was very raw. A simple computer with many tracks, many layers. It took off on radio because it was unique, but never was he himself commercial.
    Why is fatboy slim being mentioned on a guitar site? two times in two days with both non stories. I'd understand if he just died or something but this just seems like scraping the barrel. It is nice to see old men in dance music are just like the old men of rock music, banging on about the scene being dead just because the major labels arent there forcing it down their throat.
    well god forbid they include something music related and not just guitar related. every article isn't going to be "Slash arpeggiates G# major chord, talks about new amp and what tubes are in it"
    Dance music had integrity at some point? If so it was gone by the time Disco happened. It existed before that?
    I'm getting really tired of old musicians slamming genres. Music is evolving, it always has and it always will.
    The DJ's, back in the 80's and 90's were legit, Fatboy Slim being one of them. Unfortunately, today's technology has made it trivial for "live" sets. I've worked a lot of these shows (audio production) and you gotta question how video and lighting techs know what the DJ is going to play. Especially when the videos sync up to the music perfectly. Some sets are fully pre-recorded material...twisting knobs at the right time will make it seem legit. I've had some hip/hop artist ask me if I can pretend to spin, while having an iPod play, stashed in the DJ coffin. No way!
    there's still good DJ sets...I saw Presets the other month and they changed up all their songs live. They used a ton of launchpads and synths but they were able to recreate them on stage. That is what you want to see. Another electronic musician I recently saw, Chet Faker, even ranted about the problem. He said that there was too much ''live performances'' only being ''performances'' because there was nothing live about them. And then he did a 7 minute DJ jam where he made it up as he went along. Stop generalizing a whole genre