Fat Tony is an icon on the music scene. Fat Tony was the go-to DJ for everyone from Prince to Madonna and recently he hosted his friend Victoria Beckham’s quarantine birthday party.
His MixMag documentary ‘I Spent £1M on Drugs: Fat Tony is Dance Music’s Wildest DJ’ has been an stratospheric hit, racking up over 2 million views on Facebook alone.
We caught up with Tony to find out about his life in isolation…
Where do you live? What does isolation look like for you there? How has your local community been affected?
I’m from Pimlico, born and raised. Pimlico really is unique, it’s it’s own little village in the heart of London, where community is everything. We still find ways to interact safely with our neighbours and friends, like for example my DJ sets in my garden and clapping for the NHS with our speakers blaring out classics.
Can you talk us through your daily routine in isolation?
While still being cautious, my partner David and I try our hardest to support local business in these trying times. So besides our daily outing, I focus on my music, social media and any other creative outlets I still have access to.
How has your life changed since being in isolation?
I’m taking this time to be creative. We have to all think outside the box these days, whether it’s to do with work or home life. I’m fortunate to be using this time to build my social media profile while still having the odd work opportunity arise.
What has been the biggest lesson you’ve learnt during this time?
This experience certainly grounds you. Sometimes you can get so caught up in life you forget how to appreciate the ‘little’ things. I think this tragic ordeal will eventually make us all cherish our planet and each other more.
What are your self-care tips at home?
David and I have a beautiful garden we take care of. We split our home duties each day and honestly the only way to do this is to not think of how many days have or will pass before this is over.
What advice would you give to others that may be struggling?
The best advice anyone can give is to take it one day at a time. Also, if you’re struggling with anything – financial, emotional – reach out. Search for funds, charities, talk to friends as you’d be surprised how many people out there are willing and wanting to help. Try to embrace this opportunity for self-care and know you’re doing your bit in moving us ahead in this crisis.