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Birth nameChristian Friedrich Johannes Büttner
Also known asTheFatRat
Born (1979-06-01) 1 June 1979 (age 40)
Göttingen, West Germany
Occupation(s)Record producer, musician
Years active2001–present
LabelsUniversal Music Group, Spinnin Records, Tasty, Seeking Blue, Monstercat, independent[1]
Associated acts

Christian Friedrich Johannes Büttner (born 1 June 1979), known as TheFatRat, is a German record producer and musician. His genre is often described as "glitch-hop".[1] He is best known for his 2014 song "Unity", which has more than 150 million views on YouTube, and his 2016 extended play Jackpot which reached 23 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart.[2] He peaked at 15 on Billboard's Next Big Sound chart in February 2015.[3]

Music career[edit]

In his youth, Büttner practiced flute at the age of four, piano at the age of 5 and participated in music classes at his school. Büttner began producing music in 2001 under his real name. He began by making background music for television, radio and advertisements and produced music for DJs.[4]

In 2010, Büttner produced the song Mignon Mignon for René la Taupe, which became a number-one single in France.[5] Around that time, he also produced the song "Audubon Ballroom" on Lupe Fiasco's album Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, which charted at #5 on the Billboard 200.[6]

In July 2011, he began making solo music under the pseudonym TheFatRat, a nickname given to him in his youth. His career began with the release of his first EP, Do Be Do Be Do.[4]

Büttner's music is popular within YouTube, and has been used in over 1.5 million YouTube videos.[7] His single "Unity" was included on the album Sounds of Syndication Vol. 1[8] curated by Tom Cassell, one of the most subscribed streamers on Twitch.

In November 2016, Büttner released his second EP, Jackpot on the Universal Music label.[7] The EP reached #23 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums chart.[2] In December 2016, Büttner started a record label, The Arcadium, in collaboration with Universal Music.[9]

In June 2017, he released the single "Fly Away" featuring vocalist Anjulie. In July, he performed at the Electric Forest Festival.[10] In October 2017, he released the single "Oblivion" featuring vocalist Lola Blanc.[11]

In March 2018, he released the single "MAYDAY".[12] In July 2018, he released "Warrior Songs", a music pack for the video game Dota 2, which has been made available in the game as of September 13, 2018, according to Matthew "Cyborgmatt" Bailey, director of operations of Team Secret.[13]

In December 2018, he posted a video about how YouTube's content ID system is "broken", as one anonymous user known as Ramjets claimed all the earnings for his song "The Calling" and YouTube refused to settle the dispute.[14][15][16] The claim was removed by YouTube later.[17]


Extended plays[edit]

Year Title Information Peak chart positions
2011 Do Be Do Be Do
2016 Jackpot 23


Title Date Album Label
"Some Body" 2011 Do Be Do Be Do EP Self-released
"Less Than Three"
"Do Be Do Be Do"
"Splinter" 2013 Non-album singles Spinnin Records
"Dancing Naked" Universal Music
"Infinite Power!" 2014 Rocket League OST
"Unity" Non-album singles
"Windfall" Tasty Records
"Never Be Alone" 2015
"Time Lapse" Universal Music
"Telescope" Seeking Blue
(featuring Laura Brehm)[21]
Universal Music
"The Calling"
(featuring Laura Brehm)
"No No No"
"Youtubers Life Rap"
(with Kronno Zomber)
"Fly Away"
(featuring Anjulie)[22]
(featuring Lola Blanc)[23]
(featuring Laura Brehm)[24]
(with Anna Yvette and Laura Brehm)
(with Slaydit)
(with Phaera)
(with Slaydit and Anjulie)
"Close To The Sun"[29]
(with Anjulie)
"Rise Up"[30] Enter Records
"The Storm"[31]

(with Maisy Kay)

2020 The Arcadium


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