By Scott T. Sterling
The current EDM explosion hasn’t been missed by TV honcho Simon Cowell, who is currently developing Ultimate DJ, an American Idol-styled reality competition show that replaces singers with dance music jocks.
While news of the impending show has elicited a variety of responses across the dance music universe, veteran DJ/producer Fatboy Slim has let it be known in no uncertain terms that he is not feeling the concept even a little bit.
“Simon Cowell was talking about doing a show and everyone in the business, he kind of started approaching us, and we were like, ‘F–k off. No – that’s a terrible idea!’,” the artist born Norman Cook ranted to Digital Spy during an interview at France’s Electrobeach Music Festival last weekend (July 11-12). “That’s the good thing about dance music; it grows organically through drunk people late at night coming up with stupid ideas. It’s not something that can be scripted or transported into a TV studio.”
Fatboy Slim went to elaborate how genuine dance music simply doesn’t fit into television’s rigid formats, no matter how hard programmers try to make it work.