What's Paul been up to lately, besides touring?! We got the chance to ask a few questions, and see what was rolling around in his head. Check out our interview, complete with audio!
For those of you who've never heard of Paul Oakenfold, he is a DJ primarily known for spinning, mixing, re-mixing Trance in Clubs and on several albums. He has toured and supported such acts as Bjork, U2, INXS, the Orb, Simply Red, Boy George and Primal Scream. He's remixed tracks from the Rolling Stones, Massive Attack, Snoop Dogg and Madonna. His label, Perfecto, has helped introduce and develop the world of Trance into American and European culture. Most recently, he's been involved with Hollywood, with credits on the "Planet of the Apes" soundtrack, and John Travolta's "Swordfish" movie.
InternetDJ had the opportunity to meet and talk with Paul before his August 18th set at The World Dance Club in Times Square, New York City. (The World is relatively new on the NYC club scene, and Paul is among the first of many major DJs to spin at this hip venue.)
"In my studio, I have Technics SL-1200 Mk II Turntables and RANE mixers, I have a Pro Tools system, and use Cubase."
"I was really into Soul. Slave, Isley Brothers; mostly Jazz, Funk...". One of the first album's he's ever owned was by Earth, Wind, and Fire. "Right now I'm listening to the Beatles, Rubber Soul; helps me calm down and relax." We turned him on to the track "Flying", a short instrumental song on the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. "I'd say the most embarrassing album in my collection is David Cassidy!!" Ours is Vanilla Ice.
He's worked with the best, including Madonna, Massive Attack, the Rolling Stones, and U2. He's settled into his own, and is enjoying making his own music and looking at the Up-And-Comers. So who should we look out for?"I think Coldplay is the one to be the [next] good band.".
Paul's taken many risks in his musical career. "I don't know; I absolutely love it [the risk]. When I played in Havana, Cuba it was a very difficult show for me, the people had a hard time getting into it. When I played in Bombay, every time I turned the monitors up, the sound system went down." Paul's had many emotional moments on and off-stage. "There's been a couple. Probably the tour with U2; doing NetAid when I was on after Bowie and before George Michael; Playing Glastonbury main stage in front of 40,000 people."
"Honestly, that is not for me to say. It's the people who say who is the best DJ. Now I'm in a position where I can give back to the people. That's what I'm trying to do. So I will go for no money and play in Havana and help the aspiring DJs. The people and the crowd are the most important things to me."
Paul Oakenfold is one of the most down to earth DJ/Producers we've met. He greeted us with a handshake and a smile, and sent-us off quite the same. His attitude, music, and energy are what keep him at the top of the world's DJs. Of course, he's number one in our book.