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Paul Oakenfold

Paul Oakenfold is the DJ, remixer, and producer who did more than anyone else to break house music in Britain during the late '80s. During 1987-1988, Oakenfold hosted a series of crucial club nights that introduced thousands of Brits to house music. Just a few years later, he helped push the new dance crossover into the charts by masterminding hit productions by Happy Mondays (among others) and forming one of the most successful dance labels of the 1990s, Perfecto Records. Even well over a decade after his emergence, Oakenfold remained, quite simply, dance music's most popular DJ.

Born in London in 1963, Oakenfold began mixing at the age of 16, and hooked up with friend Trevor Fung to play soul and rare groove at a basement bar in Covent Garden. He also spent some time in New York during the late '70s, working for Arista Records and soaking up the disco scene through Larry Levan's genre-spanning sets at the Paradise Garage. Back in England by the early '80s, Oakenfold worked as a club promoter and British agent for the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. He continued DJing as well, and eventually ended up at the Project, one of the first venues for house music in England, in 1985-1986. With Fung and another friend named Ian St. Paul, Oakenfold was introduced to the exploding club scene on the vacation island of Ibiza (near the coast of Spain) during 1987 and imported the crucial mix of house, soul, Italian disco, and alternative music later dubbed the Balearic style.

During 1988-1989, house music and the Balearic style gestated at several Oakenfold-run club nights (Future at the Sound Shaft, then Spectrum and Land of Oz at Heaven) before emerging above terra firma as a distinctly British entity. Oakenfold and Steve Osborne had been working with new dance converts Happy Mondays, and their production for the 1989 Happy Mondays single "(W.F.L.) Wrote for Luck" was voted Dance Record of the Year by NME. The duo's production for the Happy Mondays' breakout full-length, Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches, placed them squarely in the vaunted territory of other new dance producers like Andrew Weatherall (who achieved similar success with Primal Scream's Screamadelica from the same year). Soon, major labels were lining up to have Oakenfold and Osborne remix their biggest pop stars, including U2, Simply Red, New Order, the Cure, Massive Attack, M People, Arrested Development, the Shamen, the Stone Roses, and even Snoop Doggy Dogg (some as Perfecto, the combination remix service and RCA-connected record label founded by the pair in 1990). The Oakenfold/Osborne team were nominated by BPI as Best Producers from 1990 to 1993.

By the mid-'90s, dance music had reached the mainstream of British radio and culture, with Oakenfold at the front of a new wave of globetrotting DJs; he toured with U2 and supported live gigs by INXS, the Orb, Simply Red, Boy George, and Primal Scream. On Britain's ever-growing club circuit, he inaugurated the London superclub Ministry of Sound early in the 1990s and became a resident at Britain's other superclub, Liverpool's Cream, instead of taking big money for independent gigs. He also cut down his remix schedule to less than five per year, concentrating instead on the release of a half-dozen mix albums, including several volumes in the Journeys by DJ series. Oakenfold left Cream in 1999, after which Virgin commemorated the occasion with the release of Resident: Two Years of Oakenfold at Cream. Perfecto Presents Another World arrived the following year.

A monumental U.S. tour and the fresh Voyage into Trance appeared in early 2000, as did Swordfish: The Album, a soundtrack Oakenfold constructed for the sci-fi film of the same name. In 2002, Bunkka became his first album of new productions. Mix albums like Creamfields (2004) and Perfecto Presents...The Club (2005) appeared before his second production effort, A Lively Mind, landed in 2006. Perfecto: Vegas would arrive in 2009, the same year Oakenfold produced the new title cut to Madonna’s hit collection Celebration. In 2011, it was announced he was working on a new album, Pop Killer, with guest artists Cee Lo Green and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. ~ John Bush, Rovi
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@jmmt1977 being a genius artist and being a self-absorbe d douche are not mutually exclusive. In fact they go together surprisingly often.
F*rt
Fookin legend he is
All what you say in His Music, Dance Party
Faster P**sy Cat, I have always loved this song. To Paul and all involved... Well Done<><
I saw Paul Oakenfold for the first time at Harry O's in Park City back in 2004. I met him after the show, and I thought he was a self-absorbe d douche. Not very friendly at all.
Ready Set Go is my jam!
Pioneer extraordinai r e .
I will always remember when I hear Oakenfold's music that some of my best memories in my 20's were spent listening and dancing to his music!!!!
Always enjoy his music! Takes me away...
Oakenfold rules the great wall will always be one of my faves..
2001ags
Again, Reqium for a dream is... Copied in tune with different instruments. . . For real? And you use the all too well known 'zoo York' for it... That's just low... I mean, listen to real music, for all I care that idiot Justin Beiber. But I choose Es posthumous and TSFH.
your the man oaky!!!!!!!! ! !
Oh my god saw Requiem for a dream movie for first time and loved the odd music, wondered who did it. (the ending was disturbing but music sure fit) Oakenfold was good back then
You sound like s**t rblxcave
Sounds like s**t
Oakenfold is the granddaddy to this s**t....say it aint sooooo
poop
dustyny
There are a lot of inaccuracies in his back story. House music came to England via acid in the Mid-80's, well before he went there. He also couldn't have been mixing & DJing at 16 (1979), the DJ mixer didn't become commonly available until the early 80's
nick_cris02
I lovvvveeee Oakenfold!!! ur my escape
makes me want to street race, if i could, or go fast
a little bit of Lux Aeterna in their
Okenfold I meant my bad
Those guys who were drunk really need to watch their language!!!! ! BUT I could admit pencils can tear it up!!!
I have been listening to Oakenfold for over a decade. F--k the haters. Oakenfold always tears it up
Dont care wut ne1 sayz played out or not im drunk s**t hitz F**K U!!!
This guy is so damn good!!!!!!
#1
the best
u2girlpoet
Astonishing Oakenfold
Hi
i go to vegas once a year, every year im out there i make it a point to go to PLANET PERFECTO, sat night at the palms!
i have so much wax from this man. he has been my soul inspiration since i was 16 and is the main reason why i still spin today.
All hail oakenfold. The one true king
djstory7
since when was swordfish a sci fi its action thriller durp durp
Am I the only one who thinks he looks a little like The Terminator on the Bunkka album cover?
He sucks
ahnirv5927
i wish pandora had his full library in the rotation, what a legend
Love it! -Want to wake up? Listen to Spell (original mix)- Kind of reminds me of the older trance stuff.
A new album with RHCP? :D Love it already.
*DJ Paul Oakenfold* is just that amazing! ; )
suzyqmurphy
I love Oakenfold... I do have a few questions about the bio facts on him...Has anyone else noticed them? 1. It says he was born in 1963, cool, so was I. 2. then is says he started mixing at 16, AWESOME, that's 1979...3. It says in the late 70's he worked for Artista records....h m m m , how old was he? I thought he didn't start mixing till he was 16 in 1979. The bio goes on to say that he worked as a promoter in the early 80's. I believe the facts, I don't believe the time line...
Instant Summer( original mix ) is a powerful transcendent a l experience in sound.
DRIVE IS SUCH extraordinar y GOOD SONG. Soundtracks for your life.I relate to this style of music and this artist in paticular is super talented. In the future Oakenfold will be an example of fine music from our culture and time period just like Bach or The Beatles.Car culture music. I mean where is the best place to listen to music with friends other than a club or festival?Roa d trip : Any Paul Okenfold album would be a top 5 CD selection for my road trips.
duh..he did the whole soundtrack for Requiem for a dream..try reading!
Mahadeva of breakbeats
sendmessage
OMG, he totally ripped off the theme from Requiem for a Dream. What a f*g!
nambiar.nikh i l 1 1
Very Interesting. Lot of influences taken in Requiem for Dream.
Paul Oakenfold Live at Cream is one of the best trance cd's ever made. I will treasure it forever!
cgsreport
part of zoo york is from escala's requiem for a tower.
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