"Only the best music on the net"
It's Fluffy® aims to seek out and bring to its users' attention
high quality music new or old. The website's main goals are
- Bring together music enthusiasts so that they may contribute
- Share our thoughts with a wider audience - that's YOU!
- To NOT take ourselves too seriously
Furthermore, in line with this generally quite light-hearted
approach, It's Fluffy aims to entertain its viewers by scouring the
internet for so-called "Fluffiness" (and also by making fun of
itself and mainly its founder in whatever way possible)
We live in an increasingly busy world and a lot of us often
find that we often have less and less time doing the things we
love. If listening to music is one your favourite pastimes, then
hopefully this website will make the task of finding new material a
whole lot easier.
There are two sides to It's Fluffy that need explaining.
Firstly, all you need to know about this website is that it was a
way for us to share with our friends whatever musical trends,
bands, acts, songs, videos etc might be tickling my fancy at any
given point in time; this first aspect is very simple insofar as
all we're doing is getting a bunch of music nerds together
(including myself) and getting them to talk to you about music they
I've placed quite a lot of emphasis putting together a team of
real music lovers to contribute their views. Contributors are as
important to It's Fluffy as the music itself and I've specifically
attempted to create profiles for our main Fluffy reviewers so that
readers may in time develop a loyalty or affinity for whichever
contributor most closely fits their tastes.
The second aspect that needs some explaining is Fluffy
himself. Yes, that's right. 'Himself', not 'itself'. Fluffy is a
real, flesh n bones person. And he's quite a character. You may
have met him without even knowing it. Or you may have heard about
him from others. Its more than likely that if you haven't already
encountered him, you will at some point in your life.
Most of the pieces of the puzzle that is Fluffy's life will be
made apparent gradually throughout this website. Very briefly,
Fluffy started his meteoric rise from very humble beginnings before
developing into the jet-setting, party-loving, über-socialising
being that he is today. His story is fascinating. I hope to share
it with you here and one day maybe you too will turn, gasp and
point before screaming "LOOK! IT'S FLUFFY!!!"
Here's a quick time-line of my musical education:
:Tears for Fears came out with their hit single
"Shout". Without knowing what exactly was happening or why, I
became obsessed and would often spend whole afternoons listening to
this song again and again. My love of music began well before then,
since both my parents were both avid appreciators of the art form,
but I think this was nevertheless the first point in my life that I
became a true enthusiast.
and for Christmas I get my first Compact Disc player. Up until then
everything I had was either Vinyl or Cassette format. My first CD
is Seal by :Seal. I still listen to -and love it-
to this day.
discover my brother Nikolas' enormous Vinyl collection and proceed
to listen to each record one-by-one. 3½ months later I'm into
:The Doors, Jimi Hendrix,
Bruce Springsteen, Prince & The
Tesla and Willie DeVille.
Kimon buys me :Annihilator's new LP "Set The
World On Fire" for my birthday and sets in motion a chain of events
that leads me to loving the world of metal for life.
discover :Snoop Doggy Dogg and
Nirvana. Not at the same time.
A new kid
called Daniel comes to school having transferred from the Lycee
Francais in New York City. We eventually become friends and he
introduces me to :The Notorious BIG, Mobb
Deep, Gravediggaz and Smif n
Wessun. My education in hiphop and rap has begun.
Commencement of the 'Metal versus Punk' wars, pitting me against
two of best friends, Eric and Olivier. They liked
:NOFX, Rancid, No Use For
A Name, Pennywise,
Millencolin. I didn't want to admit it because of
my metal allegiance, but my education in Punk had begun.
I get my
drivers license. I decide that in order to ride with my friends in
style, a home-made :Prodigy mixtape is essential.
My love affair with said band is still as strong as ever. Thus
began my education in electronic music.
I go off
to Uni, and end-up meeting two guys, Mark and Loukas, who, among
other things, also had a major part to play in my music education.
:KLF, Freestylers, Asian
Dub Foundation, White Zombie,
Chemical Brothers, Beastie Boys -
these are just some of the names I got into a lot more.
into dj-ing, house music, :John Digweed,
Paul Oakenfold, Nick Warren,
Sasha, Mr Scruff, the
Ninja Tunes label and many others.
I get my
first full-time job as a graduate management trainee for a large
independent music group called Sanctuary. I spent 3 years there
from 2001 to 2003 and during that time I had the privilege to work
with some very entertaining and much-like-myself musically obsessed
people. Not to mention acts like :Iron Maiden,
GnR, Megadeth, Arch
Enemy, Funeral For A Friend, and labels
like Rough Trade, Trojan, Sanctuary Records and many others. I was
lucky enough to meet Bruce Dickinson, Adrian Smith, Nicko
McBrain, Jimmy Page, Paul Weller, Neil Tennant, Lemmy,
Michael Amott and the others from the Spitirual
Beggars and Arch Enemy, Corey and the guys from Slipknot
and a lot of others… And I was fortunate to work with some really
fun people, all of which had some influence on my ongoing musical
education (cheers Shag, Dando, Mallo, Tony Beard, Gavin H., Kasra,
John Rees, Wheeler, Maya Ajura, Pete Bowker, Iain Sylvester, Bob
Ward and Johnnie Allen)
Eric, Olivier and I restart a band (The :Surfing
Elephants) we had started back when we were in school. As
with back then, I once again play the drums, somewhat poorly it
must be said, but the experience of playing live with others and of
writing your own music is incredible. I can't recommend it
my home-island of Kefalonia I meet someone who will change my life
for the better in more ways than one, including finally getting me
more into Greek music - thanks Pat! :
continued expanding my horizons in this matter with an open mind.
I've been to over 500 concerts, from large 50,000-people-packed
stadium affairs ( :AC DC,
Metallica) to tiny little 250-people-gatherings
(Dirty Beaches, Handsome Furs,
Slightly Stoopid), and a whole lot of in-betweens.
I'm now in serious danger of permanently damaging my hearing, so if
you see me wearing earplugs, you know why! Tinnitus ain't funny by
the way… I generally try to listen to what my friends have to say
and recommend so they've all had their impact on me whether they
know it or not. I can't possibly mention everyone who may have had
a hand in this molding of my brain and ears, so I'll just say
thanks to all, you know who you are!
Throughout this website you will read or hear a lot of
opinions about what constitutes good or not so good music. It is
CRUCIALLY important that you remember that these are purely our
opinions, and should therefore be treated as such. I do not
intend to provide you with an authoritative guide to what you
should listen to, nor I am I trying to tell you what is 'good' and
what not. Instead all I'm trying to accomplish is to share with you
what I like and, if you find that our musical tastes are aligned,
to get you to discover new music you might otherwise have
Since this site is devoted to music, it would have been
slightly strange if it didn't contain any music for its users to
listen to. I have tried to use sources that are available on the
internet for everyone to use and have paid particular attention to
avoiding any potential copyright of IPR infringements. If any of
these do occur, it is certainly not my intention. If anything, I
wish to promote musical awareness.