GDD™ Spotlight: TheFatRat

TheFatRat is no stranger to these parts and it was only natural to feature him in a proper GDD™ Spotlight. We have his brand new logo (pictured above) and an awesome 1-hour mix, which he was so kind to do for us, that contains the premiere of the full FatRat remix of Martin Solveig’s “The Night Out,” and plenty of other excellent tracks ranging from disco to dubstep (tracklist after the jump).

Also, the blogosphere has been well acquainted with his music and some brief information about him, but we have an in-depth interview that discusses reasons behind his anonymity, his production tools, application of the Karma Sutra, something that has made the biggest impact on his life today, and much much more. Not only are we giving you an exclusive inside look into the personality of TheFatRat & a mix for your listening pleasure, but we also have him booked for his live world premiere at our VS party in Santa Monica on Thursday (4/5). If you are in the LA area, you best be there. Now, head after the jump for the interview, check out the mix, and download it for free by clicking the “Buy” button on the Soundcloud player!


Martin Solveig – The Night Out (TheFatRat Remix)
Fare Soldi – Disco Durello (Stereocool ‘Round’n’Round’ Remix)
Wolfgang Gartner – Push and Rise (PrototypeRaptor Bootleg Remix)
TheFatRat – Do Be Do Be Do & Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster
Deadmau5 – Raise Your Weapon (Madeon Remix)
PrototypeRaptor – Drive Hard & Wolfgang Gartner – Space Junk
The Knocks – Brightside (TheFatRat Remix)
Miles Dyson – I-Tune & Mousse T. – Horny
Foster The People – Don’t Stop (TheFatRat Remix)
Darth & Vader – Barbraloss (Mashup)
Avicii – Next Levels (TheFatRat Remix)
Hypster – Neon Teens (Original Mix) & Foster The People (Pumped Up Kicks)
Mord Fustang – Milka Way
Porter Robinson – Unison (Knife Party Remix) & Dillon Francis – I.D.G.A.F.O.S.
Tinie Tempah – Earthquake (Noisia Remix)
Knife Party – Fire Hive
Zedd – Scorpion Move & GLaDOS – Still Alive


Gotta Dance Dirty: TheFatRat must like food and certainly needs a drink to along with it. What would be your ideal meal (drink included)?

TheFatRat: A so called “Shu Burger” from a place called “Stout Burger” here in LA. With seasoned fries and a Dr. Pepper.  I would die for that (and probably will one day)

GDD: What is the reasoning behind your anonymity?

TFR: That is, because you humans usually have a problem with us rats. Do you remember that rat called Remi from the movie Ratatouile? He wanted to become a chef, but people would not let him. He was able to hide his skills behind a human by sitting under his chef’s hat and controlling him by pulling his hair. THAT DOES NOT WORK IN REALITY! I tried it. At least it does not work with DJs. The hair-to-hand-latency it too big. So unless I find a solution for that, I will just stay anonymous.

GDD™: How would you describe your sound to someone who has never listened to dance music?

TFR: The easiest way is, to describe the way I work: You need two CD players for that. In the first one, you put a CD with heavy german techno beats. In the second player, you put your favorite disco track. But before that, you gotta scratch the CD with a knife, so the player goes bananas and only plays bits and chops. Take this signal, play it through a guitar distortion and mix it with the german techno. There you go: ze german disco brazza in da glitchy electro house.

GDD™: What genres of electronic music do you listen to most? What are your favorite artists and why?

TFR: Recently it’s been Knife Party for me. Their tracks got balls like a breeding bull.

GDD™: What equipment/software do you use when producing & playing live? What are your favorite VST’s?

TFR: I just fell in love with Ableton Live after it got more and more complicated with Logic 9. I hope the relationship will last longer this time. Talking about synths I really like the Gladiator from Tone2.

GDD™: What advice would you give to new producers?

TFR: I am not so good in giving advice. Because what might be right for one can be wrong for the next. So the only thing I can say here is, what’s important for me. I am just going completely crazy when I build a track. It’s so fascinating to me, that you can create an emotion out of the nothing just with a computer program. I think when you find that fascination as a new producer you’ll get addicted and it will keep you going forever.

GDD™: Explain your live performance concept that you’ve been working on.

TFR: I don’t consider myself as a DJ. It’s gonna be something with Ableton, an APC40, Keyboard and maybe a singer sometimes.

GDD™: What do you like to do outside of making music?

TFR: I like to learn and study all sorts of things. My favorite subject at the moment is the practical application of the karma sutra.

GDD™: What do you wish you had in LA that you miss in Germany?

TFR: It might sound strange, but I miss the seasons. Yes. The rain and the snow. I never would have thought that, before I came here. Apart from that, do you know what Quark is? Never mind.

GDD™: If the world actually did come to an end this year, what are the things you would want to accomplish before then?

TFR: Now that’s simple. My goal would be to build a space ship, so I can escape doomsday.

GDD™: If you could have absolutely anything on your rider list, what would you include?


GDD™: What is one thing that has happened in your life that has made the biggest impact on who you are today?

TFR: I made the experience of having some real friends. The ones that help you, when life is not so good. That experience changed my view of what’s important in life.

GDD™: What’s next? Please fill us in on what we can expect from TheFatRat.

TFR: Rise of the planet of the rats

GDD™: We appreciate you taking the time to let us get to know who’s behind the TheFatRat. Thank you!

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