Norman Cook / Paul Oakenfold

Decades: 2000s


Quentin Cook, 31 July 1963, Bromley, Kent, England. This musical chameleon grew up in Surrey and began to DJ when he moved to Brighton to study for a degree. After playing bass guitar with the Housemartins, he had his first success as a solo artist with a remix of Erik B And Rakim’s ‘I Know You Got Soul’ which reached number 13 in the charts in the late 80s. In the 90s, he formed Beats International, who achieved a UK number 1 in February 1990 with ‘Dub Be Good To Me’, and later Freak Power (with Ashley Slater), who reached number 2 in the UK charts in March 1995 after their ‘Tune In, Turn On, Drop Out’ single was featured in a Levi’s jeans commercial. In 1994, Cook turned to house music as Pizzaman and had a number of Top 20 hits including ‘Tripping On Sunshine’. At the same time he began to write in a style that later became known as big beat, and to purvey this sound at Brighton’s Big Beat Boutique (from...

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