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Paul Oakenfold Short Story


When it comes to a career the magnitude of Paul Oakenfold it’s hard to encompass one of the true legends of electronic music into just words. For over 3 decades he has elevated and shaped an entire genre and remains one of the leading forces in the global music scene today.

His most recent works have taken him from the DJ booth of the worlds hottest nightspots and festivals to the studio producing soundtracks for Hollywood blockbuster movies. His diversity in artistry and ability has earned him accolades from critics and fans alike. Garnering him not 1 but 2 Grammy Nominations for his works. 

But lets take a step back. The son of a musician, Paul came up as a young DJ in the late '70s spinning Funk in Covent Garden. Not what some might have expected from one of Trances preeminent masters. But he knew then music would be his life. In the '80s 2 life-changing trips took place. The first in 1984 where he spent several months living in New York City working as A&R man for the famed Champion Records signing DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, as well as Salt-n-Pepa. He also became promoter and British agent for the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C.

The second trip and more contemporary influence was in 1987 which brought Paul to the White Isle of Ibiza. Here he discovered the Balearic sound that flowed through the Ibiza air at clubs such as Amnesia. Inspired, he took the music and experiences back to the UK and became its ambassador. Paul returned often holding residencies at Amnesia and Pacha in Ibiza. Around the same time Ministry Of Sound in London was opening and tauted Paul as their first resident. However it was his famed residency at UK super-club Cream in Liverpool that brought Paul global respect as a master of his art. It was some say the catalyst to what has made him a touring legend.

This residency was celebrated through the Grammy nominated 2004 compilation ‘Creamfields’ (Paul went on to receive a second Grammy nomination in 2007 with his artist album, “A Lively Mind” and then again in 2009 for his production work with Madonna).

Oakenfold’s stature as a DJ and entertainer has taken him beyond the normal club and festival circuit, playing landmark gigs that have changed the face of electronic music. Highlights include three worldwide tours warming up for Madonna and U2 (with both artists insisting on a DJ set from Paul instead of a support band); performing physically on the Great Wall of China and two sold out dates playing to 30,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl in California.

A year after that first visit to Ibiza, Perfecto was born. Founded in 1988, Oakenfold’s groundbreaking Perfecto record label played an integral role in the birth of trance music, with Paul at the helm producing massive international hits such as “Not Over Yet”, “Bullet In The Gun” and “Southern Sun”. With countless high profile releases and remixes in its path, Perfecto Records is still the benchmark to which so many labels measure themselves. 20+ years later, Perfecto remains as cutting edge and popular as ever, even resurrecting its Perfecto Fluoro sublabel in 2011. Probably Perfecto’s most notable release was the recent double album “Perfecto Las Vegas” which held the #1 spot on the US iTunes dance chart for several weeks. This release solidified Paul’s stronghold as an International DJ power player achieving the highest selling DJ compilation ever released in US history – with over half a million sales.

Paul has produced for megastars such as U2, Madonna (including her latest release “Celebration”) and The Happy Mondays. As well as three acclaimed artist albums under his own name. He has remixed Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake and released over 20 DJ mix compilations. In recent years Paul has also been responsible for creating some of the most breathtaking film scores and cues for a long list of Hollywood blockbusters – including The Bourne Identity, Matrix Reloaded, Shrek 2, Swordfish and Collateral. But his most anticipated release is yet to come. Paul Oakenfold’s newest artist album ‘Pop Killer’ is scheduled for imminent release featuring The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Gnarls Barkley, OneRepublic and B.O.B.

Astonishingly, despite all his success in the worlds of chart music and film, Oakenfold has found time to keep in touch with his roots as a club DJ. Over the past 3 years he has held a weekly residency at the legendary Rain nightclub in The Palms, Las Vegas. Planet Perfecto is a fully produced show with 75 circus performers, cutting edge visuals and special effects - giving the 3,000-strong crowd a truly unique experience.

Whether you are listening to a CD, watching a commercial, going to a club or playing a video game; Paul’s omnimedia presence is felt everywhere. Paul Oakenfold is the sovereign of DJ culture and is its most recognizable icon.

23 Jul 2017

01 JES & Game Chasers - Carry me Away (Markus Schulz Remix)
02 Dark Monks - Insane (Binary Finary Remix)
03 Solarstone - Release (Sunny Lax Remix)
04 Harry Square - Ricochet
05 Above & Beyond - Balearic Balls
06 Assaf feat Nathan Nicholson - Lost Souls (Radion6 Remix)
07 Alex Kunnari - Come Alive
08 Madonna - Broken (Remix)
09 Orkidea - Higher State (Higher State)
10 Harmonic Rush & Pablo Anon pres UNiTY - Whirlpool

Posted: 22 Jul 2017
9 Jul 2017

01 Nightlapse & Andy Manning - Staying Out
02 Left Field - Open Up (Skream Mix)
03 Harry Vederci - The Power Of Love
04 Layout - We Found Love (Rich James Remix)
05 Above & Beyond - Balearic Balls
06 Jason Bye - Love Drum
07 High Noon At Salinas - Beautiful People
08 Mike Saint & Jules - Surface
09 Yuriy From Russia - Black Lagoon
10 Alex Kunnari - Come Alive

Posted: 08 Jul 2017
25 Jun 2017

01 Alex Di Stefano - What's The Catch
02 Marmion - Schoneberg (Sean Tyas Remix)
03 Dark Monks - Insane (Binary Finary Remix)
04 Misja Helsloot - Honor
05 M.I.K.E. Push - Analogy
06 Sean Matthews - The Hunter
07 Tony Day & Shatadru Sensharma - Infusive
08 Estigma – The Joker EP (Melodic Mix)
09 Pure NRG - Prophesy (Istoria 2017 Anthem)
10 TrancEye - Atum

Posted: 26 Jun 2017
11 Jun 2017

01 Leftfield 'Storm 3000' (Dungeon Meat Remix)
02 Elio Kr - Alhambra
03 Orkidea - Higher State (Higher State)
04 Somna Ft Adara - Signals (Emerge Remix)
05 Tim Mason - Serum
06 Sander Van Doorn - The Rhythm
07 Zed White feat Roald Hughes – Precious
08 Rush & Hydro - Want you back
09 Dark Monks - Insane (Binary Finary Remix)
10 Tim Mason - Drifter

Posted: 16 Jun 2017
28 May 2017

01 Suzie Del Vecchio & Paul Oakenfold - After Love (Zaa Remix)
02 Tiesto - Ten Seconds Before Sunrise (Moska Remix)
03 Moroshka - Regeneration
04 Nuera - Lyse
05 Rayburn & South Pole - Orbit
06 Luminary - Amsterdam (Smith & Pledger Remix)
07 Max Denoise & Harnam - Feel It
08 Andy Tau, Sean Matthews, Max Millian - Shadows & Light (Andy Tau Remix)
09 Mike Saint-Jules - Cloud Surfing
10 Dave Neven - Darkside

Posted: 28 May 2017

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