On this day in 1993, Paul Oakenfold was the first DJ to ever record a BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix. Earlier this morning, the Englishman tweeted this historic Essential Mix that laid the groundwork for the weekly Friday night mix series. In listening to this mix, fans are transported back to the good old days in the 90′s: a time when many of us were still children. You will find familiar throwbacks tossed into the mix such as Reel 2 Real’s “I Like To Move It,” Björk’s “Violently Happy,” and even some classic U2 productions. It’s interesting to see how much pop culture has changed over the last 20 years, and to compare dance music’s essence two decades ago to what it is now. Oakenfold’s adaptability to changing trends, in addition to his proficiency as a DJ and producer, explains why he has garnered so much support and is still prominent even in the current generation.
Opening the show with Thomas Gold‘s new Axtone release ” I Remember,” Pete Tong is back playing his top selection of dance music hits from around the globe. Jacob Plant‘s “Can’t Hold Back,” deadmau5‘ “Suckfest 9001,” and The Chainsmokers remix of Cash Cash’s “Take Me Home,” help to open up the progressive section of the show. In addition Pete speaks of the festivities taking place at ADE and the abundance of new music that is about to hit the scene.
This week’s Essential Tune of the Week is Gotham’s “Requiem” replacing last week’s selection Alesso & Calvin Harris’ “Under Control.” Nic Fancuili takes this week’s Goodie Goodies showcasing his UK tech-house ear for talent while the legendary Paul Oakenfold is knighted into Pete’s Hall of Fame. Pete chooses Brooklyn’s deep house Walker & Royce as his Future Stars and ends the show with a Weekend Hot Mix featuring his own favorite selections from ADE.
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Paul Oakenfold’s career is long and storied, having risen to prominence during dance music’s first emergence, ultimately leading to an illustrious career as trance’s biggest producer. Labeled as a god and revered as one of the most influential voice’s in dance music, Oakenfold has been in the trenches for decades, establishing himself as the scene grew, remaining steadfast when it disappeared, and pushing it forward as it re-emerged. Known for pushing boundaries throughout his career, we gave Paul the floor to talk about a young producer who has played an equally integral role in defining the new wave of dance music, Avicii. Much as Oakenfold did in the past, Tim Berg has done what few of his peers had the courage to do — take risks — and who better to assess Avicii’s success then one of dance music’s most legendary personalities.
Hop past the break to read Paul Oakenfold’s thoughts on Avicii’s TRUE.
As the original pioneer of the global trance scene, Paul Oakenfold is set to embark on a tour this Fall bringing his Full on Fluoro sound to some of the most acclaimed dance floors across North America. With 36 Essential Mixes under his belt, and some of the biggest trance releases in the genre’s history, this tour promises to highlight on two decades of classic Paul Oakenfold. Venues along the way include Avalon in Hollywood, Beta in Denver, and an intimate occasion at the legendary Cielo in New York. Full list of tour dates can be found below. (more…)Posted by
Paul Oakenfold teams up with Azealia Banks and Richard Beynon for Ibiza-flavored collaboration ‘Venus’
British club icon Paul Oakenfold has never shyed from taking his sound to new and popular mediums. True to the experimental form that continues to fuel the route towards his Pop Killer album, the long serving trance producer unites with New York rap songstress Azealia Banks and Richard Beynon to follow-up earlier confirmation of some of his most audacious collaborative duties to date. For the most part, Oakenfold and Beynon’s euphoric undertones dominate this crossover offering, pitting the inoffensive trance elements that have excelled the trance icons sound to the commercial market and beyond over the past two decades against Azealia’s coming-of-age hip hop agenda. Between her singing digression and full-bodied verses, the track offers a considerably quality offering compared to some of the urban crossover casualties dance music has been exposed to over the past several years.
On working with Banks, Paul Oakenfold told Dancing Astronaut: “We had a lot of fun making this track together in the Red Bull studio in LA. Azealia is a talented singer. We worked really well together and I was very happy with the result.”
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After devoting his attention to lighter Perfecto Records fare, Paul Oakenfold has returned to Perfecto Fluoro with a vengeance. The label head has just released “Turn It On” on his darker sibling imprint, unleashing an acidic psy-trance tune. Eschewing uplifting for a more underground sound, the track takes a four on the floor beat on an after-hours ride. A reminder of Oakenfold’s title as a trance pioneer, the track is available now on Beatport.
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Despite being a relatively young genre presently littered with disposable anthems of the moment, dance music already sports a handful of songs that are truly timeless. Trance icon Paul Oakenfold‘s 2002 mega-single “Southern Sun” certainly qualifies. More than a decade later, Carla Werner’s haunting vocals have not lost one bit of the ecstatic edge that catapulted Oakenfold’s Bunkka album to the top of the electronic charts.
The Coachella Arts and Music Festival has been host to some of the most groundbreaking talent in music throughout its 15 year history. Although relatively modest, this year’s electronic dance music presence at Coachella is the largest since its 1999 debut. Staying true to form, Goldenvoice’s bookings represent some of the most exciting artists in electronic music today – a group whose talents extend across a broad swathe of sound and styles. With the 2013 lineup heavily expanding its electronic offerings, we felt it only appropriate to share our must-see picks from the viewpoint of four fans heading out to Indio for the type of musical experience only three days in the desert could provide.
Paul Oakenfold has been helping the electronic music scene unfold for over thirty years. Over this time, he has scored movie soundtracks, compiled countless mixes, released an endless array of chart topping originals and ranked first in the DJ Mag Top 100 in 1998 and 1999. A legend in his own right, Oakenfold’s name has become nearly synonymous with dance music, an industry in which he continues to lead as a mentor and tastemaker for some of the scene’s rising talents. Now, the London-based producer lends his three decades of expertise to Episode 042 of Axis. The hour-long mix is comprised solely of Oakenfold’s originals, remixes, and even a few tracks from his supergroup side project, Planet Perfecto – which is comprised of Oakenfold, Ian Masterson and Jake Williams. Have a listen below, this is what a dance music icon sounds like.
On his 2006 full-length album, A Lively Mind, Paul Oakenfold had Ryan Tedder sing for three records — Tedder eventually went on to become one of the world’s hottest singers and songwriters and the superstar of OneRepublic. He has always been ahead of the times, having crossed mainstream in 2002 and 2006 before it had officially collided with electronic music; that’s why cutting-edge material can be expected for his upcoming album, Pop Killer.
In a recent interview with Vibe, Paul reveals the collaborations for his forthcoming album. With a tested and proven eye for upcoming talent, Oakenfold will feature Miguel on his next album — a move the former A&R has referred to as “catching them on the curve.” Additionally, artists such as Lloyd, Cee Lo Green, and Eve will make vocal contributions to his next full-length effort. Keep a look out for further details from the musical mastermind and anticipate Oakenfold’s Pop Killer to be another advanced set of tunes.
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