Fatboy Slim: ‘I was scared I wouldn’t be able to DJ sober’

Norman Cook admits he struggled behind the decks after leaving rehab

Fatboy Slim has admitted he was “scared” that he’d be unable to DJ while sober.

The dance star – real name Norman Cook – went to rehab in 2009 to deal with alcohol addiction after battling a drink problem for “some time”.

Two years on, he’s told the Sunday Mirror that he’s now over his demons, but revealed he struggled to adjust to playing gigs without having a drink.


Cook commented:

I was scared that DJing sober would be a nightmare,” he says. “I was shitting myself that I wouldn’t be able to do it or be as good. It was two or three gigs before I could dance. My hips wouldn’t do it.

However, he added that he now gets a “completely different buzz” from DJing, after being taught the art of “euphoric recall” in rehab.

“When I’m in a situation where everyone is ‘having it’ I have memories of the past coming back to me. I get a natural high from remembering those times,” he explained.

Earlier this week, Cook announced plans for releasing a new single under another name. He currently holds the record for having the most top 40 UK hit singles with seven different outfits and suggested there “might be an eighth”.

Next year Fatboy Slim will become the first artist to hold a concert at Brighton And Hove Albion’s new Amex stadium. He will appear as part of the Big Beach Boutique 5 on June 1-2, 2012.


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