Fatboy Slim loves Skrillex, but not his style of music
Skrillex performs at the 45th Festival d'ete de Quebec on the Plains of Abraham in Quebec city Wednesday July 11, 2012. The Festival d'ete de Quebec is Canada's largest music festival with more than 1000 artists and close to 300 shows over 11 days. (The Canadian Press Images PHOTO/Festival d'ete de Quebec.)
Published Saturday, July 14, 2012 9:23AM EDT
Fatboy Slim is a huge Skrillex fan.
The DJ and record producer -- one of the biggest UK stars of the 90s, famed for popularizing the Big Beat genre -- loves the controversial producer, even though he doesn't like the dubstep music he plays.
He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "Skrillex I am a big fan of, I don't actually like dubstep, and I didn't know I could dance to dubstep until I played with Skrillex. He is a proper DJ's DJ. Other DJs love watching him.
"He's pushing buttons, but he's pushing lots of buttons and all at the same time. I'm a big fan, I just hope that, because he is so prodigiously talented, he can see further than dubstep. Because the good ship dubstep will start floundering soon, and I hope he knows when to stop, just like I knew when to get off the good ship Big Beat."
Fatboy -- real name Norman Cook -- also defended modern DJs who have recently been labeled mere "button pushers" by dance music producer deadmau5, saying technical ability has little to do with entertaining a crowd.
Speaking at the Silver Clef awards in London, he added: "I think it's increasingly easy with technology to just press buttons, but it's still knowing which buttons to press at the right time. I personally still like to DJ with CDJs. DJing has always been more about playing the right tune at the right moment rather than whether or not you or a computer has mixed it."