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Rizzle Kicks bolstered Fatboy Slim

Rizzle Kicks say they were lucky to work with Fatboy Slim: Photo © Rizzle Kicks bolstered Fatboy Slim Photo

Rizzle Kicks have revealed that when they first worked with Fatboy Slim, he was unsure whether he was up to the job - but they still saw him as one of their musical heroes.

Jordan "Rizzle" Stephens and Harley Alexander-Sule have worked with Fatboy Slim, real name Norman Cook, on their first album Stereo Typical as well as their second, Roaring 20s.

Harley said: "It's amazing to have a strong connection with that kind of guy. He's not only a legend in his own right, but also a Brighton legend (where Rizzle Kicks are from).

"When we made our first record, he hadn't made any music for about 10 years, so he was worried he couldn't do it, and wondered why we wanted to work with him. We said 'Err, because you're Fatboy Slim!' We were more worried about tarnishing his image but we didn't."

Harley also admitted he had been ready to go to drama school before finding fame with Rizzle Kicks, but Jordan convinced him to give music a try.

He said: "It's mad to think how I was fully prepared to go to drama school and Jordan was doing his solo rapping. We started doing stuff together, but when college finished, I was always just going to study acting - that was my passion.

"Jordan persuaded me to give it a year, and then if nothing happened with the music, I'd go back to drama school. I thought 'Why not?' Within two months we'd been signed and six months later we'd had a hit single."

:: Rizzle Kicks' second album Roaring 20s is out now and they start a tour this month.

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