Paul Oakenfold Biography:
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Paul Oakenfold’s story is woven so tightly into the fabric of what we know of today’s ‘dance music’ that he surely needs no introduction, with the magnitude of his career it’s hard to put one of the true legends of electronic music’s history into words. For over 3 decades he has shaped and changed an entire genre of EDM and continues to be the leading force in the global music scene, paving the way all other artists in the genre. Yet he is still pushing boundaries. His most recent works have taken him from the DJ Booth of the world’s hottest night spots and festivals, to the studio to record and remix tracks for some of the biggest recording artists in the world (Madonna, U2). His past residency in Las Vegas helped the city win the tag of the ‘Ibiza of the USA’ and his Perfecto Record label has opened the doors for other artists like David Guetta. His artistry and craft has earned him accolades from both critics and fans as well as 2 Grammy nominations and the ability to play anywhere in the world, like the Great Wall of China. Check out our interview after the break…
Paul Oakenfold, thanks for taking the time to speak with us here at Techibeats. How are you doing?
Tell us a little bit about what you have been up too, where have you been, anything new and exciting you want to tell your fans about?
I’m just on my way into London to go to the Olympics today to watch various track and field events.
From early in your career, you have gained experiences in all different genres of music. How has this affected your music and where you are in your career now?
That’s right I’ve been involved predominantly with EDM but have produced all kinds of bands and pop acts. I draw influence from all kinds of sources – regardless of what genre they are from. A great song is a great song.
In 1987 you went to Ibiza to celebrate your birthday, what was your most memorable or craziest experience while you were there?
There were so many moments on that trip that really stood out as defining moments that would go on to influence so much of my career. Alfredo and the music he was playing at Amnesia played a major role.
What do you think of trance’s progression; What do you think it has turned into, and where do you think it will be in five years?
Well I’m really into a different kind of music than what most people now call trance. The sound I like is more Goa influenced acid trance. I guess more widely trance has become so so commercial – but that’s understandable because the guys making it have a different agenda. They have bills to pay and popularity charts to climb – so they need to make stuff that appeals as far and wide as possible. I don’t know where that scene will go in the future, but I’m happy with the Fluoro sound and group of artists I’m a part of. That for me is the pure trance that is aimed at the dance floor only.
You have fans all over the world, do the responses you get from each crowds differ from country to country?
Absolutely. And the music you play varies as well from one country to another. In some countries you have to play a little more commercial and in others you can go as underground as you like.
Who are some of your new favorite artists, anyone we should keep our eyes on as the “next up and coming” artist?
Thomas Datt, Magnus, Federation, Richard Beynon, Michael S., Angry Man, Blazer, Eshericks, Beatman & Ludmilla, Nicky Romero…..
You started Perfecto Records in 1989 which include artists like Hernan Cattaneo, Timo Maas, Infected Mushroom, and more. Has there been any artist in particular that you have been the most impressed with this year? How about within your Perfecto Black label?
We haven’t released anything on Perfecto Black for a while but this year I guess our US house producer Richard Beynon has probably been the one artists that stands out as having come a seriously long way. He is smashing it state side right now.
You have a weekly Sirius XM radio show titled Planet Perfecto, what are some of the challenges you face from week to week?
It’s a show that is syndicated worldwide to 40 countries. If you mean challenges that are specific to the show then I guess the main one is the same one every other DJ who has a weekly show has to contend with – finding 30 or 40 hot tracks that are fresh and amazing to play every week.
Thanks so much for your time!