feat. Darren Emerson
and special guest Scanty Sandwich
beats. Ringing ears. Soaked with sweat. A big smile on your face.
the inevitable when Fatboy Slim performs.
renowned musician, Norman Cook's roots are as a DJ. It's what
he loves, and frankly, what he does best. His music has become
popularlized by mainstream movies and commercials, but no one
really knows Fatboy Slim the DJ, unless they are into dance music.
This was evident by looking at the crowd awaiting his performance.
During the opening acts, a high percentage of the people didn't
dance, and many of them seemed as though they thought he was there
to perform his music, not DJ. One person was heard saying "I
hope he plays that 'Praise You' song," as they idley sat
made their way into the impressive Aragon Ballroom, Scanty Sandwich
was setup in the middle of the floor, welcoming people with warm
house beats. There's no better way to get a crowd going by turning
the energy knob up all the way, right away. Scanty put on an impressive
show, DJ'ing from around 8:00 to 9:30. Mixing everything from
Madonna's 'Music' interlaced with Daft Punk's 'Da Funk', to Fatboy's
'Star 69', Scanty Sandwich put the crowd in the right mood for
a beat, Darren Emerson stepped up to the tables. From Scanty's
mix, Emerson eased into more of a late night house mix. While
Emerson demonstrated he is a good DJ, his style was not very exciting.
His set was more like a rollercoaster, only with less high exciting
points and more coasting. The crowd wasn't into Emerson, some
started to protest and chant for Fatboy. Most people took their
breather during Emerson's set as well, realizing the only downsides
to the concert were the prices of refreshment...$3 for a small
glass of water and $5 for a beer. But he went out with a bang,
revving the crowd up for Fatboy by mixing classics like New Order's
came Fatboy Slim at 11:30, and the vibe instantly went up. After
adjusting to the equipment, Fatboy got into his set and got the
crowd going Fatboy style. He featured tracks like Basement Jaxx's
newest 'Where's Your Head At' and a remix of 'Star 69', in addition
to a handful of new music on the Astralwerks label. Always a happy-go-lucky
entertainer, Norman would write song titles and messages to the
crowd on vinyl sleeves to hold in front of the camera that projected
him on a big screen. The one that truly characterized Fatboy Slim
was "I love this job."
just how much in his performance.
like Fatboy Slim...