Fatboy Slim considered leaving music to pursue a career as a firefighter

Fatboy Slim considered leaving music to pursue a career as a firefighterFat Boy Slim For Cercle

Though Fatboy Slim has earned his status as one of the electronic genre’s time-honored talents, the You’ve Come A Long Way Baby album maker, whose name has been affiliated with several enduring dance staples such as “Right Here, Right Now,” once considered a full-time career as a firefighter. During a speech at a Fire Fighters Charity event, the producer—real name Norman Cook—explained,

“I’ve been in the music business pretty much all my life but there have been ups and downs, and there was one particular down where everyone around was like, ‘you’re going to have to actually get a proper job now because you’re skint.’ I thought about what job I would like to do and for some reason fireman just… I don’t know. I just had this vision that I wanted to be a fireman.”

Cook went so far as to find out whether he could qualify to become a firefighter, only to learn that he was too old. Shortly after, he went on to have another hit song as Fatboy Slim and no longer needed to consider a career change. On July 2, the East Sussex Fire Department took to Twitter to recruit Cook

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You can’t ‘Stop This Flame’; stream MK and Celeste’s latest

You can’t ‘Stop This Flame’; stream MK and Celeste’s latestMK MAINSTAGE MVMT19 BONDIO 3587

MK and Celeste have teamed up for a soulful new collaboration, “Stop This Flame.” With a pulsating house beat and velvet vocals, the track builds to a club-ready chorus that finds Celeste belting each lyric.

“Stop This Flame” continues MK’s string of recent releases, each of which has prepared listeners for the dance floor. In late May, he released “Chemical,” which followed his April union with Anabel Englund and Lee Foss under the Pleasure State banner for their Break Away EP. MK will also soon make his way back to the touring circuit with appearances at CRSSD and Splash House. In the meantime, listeners can catch “Stop This Flame” below.

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CamelPhat deliver remix of Alan Fitzpatrick’s ‘Warning Signs’

CamelPhat deliver remix of Alan Fitzpatrick’s ‘Warning Signs’Camelphat26 Website Image Mtqn Credit Giles Smith

Grammy-nominated electronic duo CamelPhat add Alan Fitzpatrick and Lawrence Hart‘s “Warning Signs” to the trio of remixes that the “Cola” producers have released in 2021. Since retouching London Grammar’s “Lose Your Head” and ARTBAT’s “Best of Me,” CamelPhat have now rewired Fitzpatrick’s Anjunadeep debut. The remix arrives a month after the original single and video pairing dropped via the famed London imprint. In a tweet, Fitzpatrick briefly touched on CamelPhat’s reinterpretation, calling the Dark Matter album makers’ remix a “bit of a summer anthem.”

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BLEASS Granulizer Granular Texture Effect For iOS, Mac & Windows

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BLEASS has introduced Granulizer, a granular texture effect plugin with randomization, 4 multi-bus audio inputs and a 3D visualizer.

Granulizer generates short samples (‘grains’) from input signals by modulating different parameters, which you can visualize thanks to a 3D Visualizer. The Input Stage allows you to choose between a low-shelf or high-pass filter (to filter out the bass frequencies from input) as well as a gain adjustment.

Granulizer takes up to 4 sources from different busses as inputs (compatible DAW required). When multiple busses are on, each grain is randomly extracted from one of the available sources.

Pricing and Availability

Granulizer is available with an intro price of $30 USD (normally $40) for desktop and $7.99 for iOS.

New Soft Synth, Minipol, A Swiss Army Knife Of Analog Sound

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Karanyi Sounds has introduced Minipol, a new software synthesizer, for Mac & Windows, that describe as “the swiss-army-knife of the analog sound.”

Here’s what they have to say about it:

“With a quality sound engine, straightforward design, and intuitive workflow, the Minipol synth lets you recreate classic analog keys, chunky 80s basses, kick-ass house stabs, or design massive soundscapes, modern plucks, or analog effects in no time.

You don’t need another CPU-hungry software synth. Or a plugin with hundreds of knobs, sliders, or switches. Minipol is super light on your CPU and comes with a handful of controls and effects your need to create great sounds! All these parts are designed to work great together – you will be surprised how far you can go from a simple patch. Need a giant soundscape for your soundtrack? A rumbling bassline for your house track? A vintage keyboard theme for your lo-fi track? You got it!”


  • 6 voice analog synthesizer with multiple effect and modulation capabilities
  • Factory Library with 300 professional presets for electronic music, scoring, and more
  • Sophisticated random control with 47 randomizable controls via Smart Random Bar

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Pricing and Availability

Minipol is available now with an intro price of $29 USD (normally $50).