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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
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fredericklud i w a y
Now, we are getting serious, down to business, excellent track. 4UPower Me Up!! Fred
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this was the track to the amazing chase scene in Bourne Identity
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jvidaca152
MINECRAFT
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dmpollock439
Sometimes I'm surprised as hell how Paul has rock my s**t for the last 10 years now.. and he still does!! ... ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE!! ! P.S. U need to come back to Phx and do a couple shows..
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hey paul LOVE ur music.. im a new artist looking for feedback and label help??? INLOVE w ur music pat e
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This guy is old.
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Poe know trance.
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That trance...
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He is a living legend. I love this man.
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puremustard
Paul Overated
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The best trance artist of all time!!
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Nothing changed
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hampton7706
One Republic. You have taught me that,, regardless of feelings and respect to individuals. . WE ARE ONE! AMEN!
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hampton7706
I personally can't stand this s**t music.. but, love that you will listen.
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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.
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F*rt
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Fookin legend he is
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All what you say in His Music, Dance Party
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Faster P**sy Cat, I have always loved this song. To Paul and all involved... Well Done<><
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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.
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Ready Set Go is my jam!
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Pioneer extraordinai r e .
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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!!!!
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Always enjoy his music! Takes me away...
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Oakenfold rules the great wall will always be one of my faves..
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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.
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your the man oaky!!!!!!!! ! !
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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
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You sound like s**t rblxcave
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Sounds like s**t
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Oakenfold is the granddaddy to this s**t....say it aint sooooo
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poop
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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
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nick_cris02
I lovvvveeee Oakenfold!!! ur my escape
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makes me want to street race, if i could, or go fast
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a little bit of Lux Aeterna in their
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Okenfold I meant my bad
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Those guys who were drunk really need to watch their language!!!! ! BUT I could admit pencils can tear it up!!!
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I have been listening to Oakenfold for over a decade. F--k the haters. Oakenfold always tears it up
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Dont care wut ne1 sayz played out or not im drunk s**t hitz F**K U!!!
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This guy is so damn good!!!!!!
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#1
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the best
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u2girlpoet
Astonishing Oakenfold
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Hi
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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!
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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.
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All hail oakenfold. The one true king
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djstory7
since when was swordfish a sci fi its action thriller durp durp
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Am I the only one who thinks he looks a little like The Terminator on the Bunkka album cover?
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