Fatboy Slim: My music gives me a natural high
Fatboy Slim was one of the first DJs to make a lasting impression on mainstream dance music. After battling addiction, Fatboy Slim, real name Norman Cook, has been sober since 2009 and has better energy than ever.This article originally appeared on The List
Fatboy Slim says the "natural high" he gets from DJ-ing high is often mistaken for drug taking.
The 53-year-old dance music legend - real name Norman Cook - has been a changed man since 2009 when he checked into a rehab facility to so he could beat his alcohol addiction which was spiralling out of control.
Although he is now almost eight years teetotal, when he performs his fans think he's indulged in booze of drugs because he's so energetic behind the decks but Cook insists it's just the music that is getting him going.
In an interview with the Metro newspaper, he said: "People are going, 'He reckons he doesn't do drugs anymore, look at him, he's off his nut!' Then they'll have a conversation about what drugs they think I'm on.' "
Explaining the rush of adrenaline he gets when the music starts pumping, the 'Right Here Right Now' hitmaker added: "I genuinely get - I know it sounds w***ky - a natural high. I get intoxicated by the moment or maybe there's just so much stuff floating around in my brain from my party days that it doesn't take too much to dislodge."