April 13, 2014


Why Fatboy Slim Had to Make an "Alternative Soundtrack" for Brazil World Cup

With nearly three decades in the biz, EDM veteran Fatboy Slim says Brazil has a special place in his heart. He tells Fuse News' Jack Osbourne that after playing the South American country "probably 20 times in my career" he was inspired to make Fatboy Slim Presents Bem Brasil—an album to coincide with its upcoming World Cup tournament.

"I've kind of absorbed Brazilian music," Fatboy Slim, née Norman Cook, says. "When the World Cup was announced, I thought there's going to be these dreadful World Cup records that have nothing to do with Brazil. I thought Brazil deserved better and someone should showcase the real Brazilian music. It's kind of an alternative soundtrack to the World Cup; Brazilian music reinvented for the dance floors, but not a cheesy-EDM mashup. It's been great fun."

To hype the project, the "Right Here, Right Now" DJ released a one-minute video (below) featuring footage from his concert during the annual Brazilian Carnival.

"Because of the World Cup, you're going to see so many images of women in bikinis, kids playing [soccer] on the beach in Rio," he adds. "I was over there playing in February, we took a film crew over there and I said, 'If you're going to cover the Carnival, cover it from the real behind-the-scenes, Brazilian aspects of it. Just go a little deeper!' Because over the summer, you will be absolutely bombarded by every Brazilian cliche. So, the idea is to see all the dirty bits around the corner."

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