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Oakenfold Interview Part 1
ClubZone's Dennis Sebayan had a chance to sit down with Paul Oakenfold for an exclusive interview this Thanksgiving weekend. ClubZone – Hey Paul, where are you at the moment? Paul Oakenfold – Atlanta, on the tour supporting the album. CZ – How’s that going? PO – The tour’s going great, doing big shows and more underground shows. We did New Orleans last Monday, which was interesting because we got to see where the disaster area was and, first hand, see how they’re rebuilding it. We do six nights on the one-off, so it’s pretty grueling, but really enjoyable. CZ – What made you select the tracks you did for the exclusive, new 2008 remixes? PO – It was a case of showcasing some of my classic mixes from the likes of the Happy Mondays and Massive Attack; also showing people where I am now with a lot of the movie stuff and what I’m mainly doing, in-terms of scoring film and working on cues. I’m giving people an idea of my own productions - the cross section of hits I’ve had, from downtempo to the club hits. I also remixed, the remixes of the big club records like “Southern Sun.” And also looking at taking and working on some of the bigger records and re-working them – giving a new, fresh sound and approach to the likes of Everything But the Girl, Radiohead and Mark Ronson. CZ – Regarding the remixes you remixed, did you feel as if the sound at the clubs and the festivals was different from when you originally mixed them? PO – Yeah, correct. The sound, mood and tempo have changed, so I needed to stay current, as you actually do when you’re DJing. The point wasn’t putting out an album with all old tracks on it. It had to reflect where I’m at now, what I’m doing and what’s going on. I don’t need just another album on the market for the sake of it – well, I don’t want to put one out for that reason. But whatever stories, meaning and the process when I’m talking to the likes of you guys and I’m touring, supporting the record – I wouldn’t just do it for no reason. "I don’t need just another album on the market for the sake of it…whatever stories, meaning and the process when I’m talking to the likes of you guys and I’m touring, supporting the record – I wouldn’t just do it for no reason." CZ – You’re living in Los Angeles, right? PO – I’ve been for the past five years. CZ – I know you’re out here in New York City for your annual Thanksgiving jaunt. Do you make it out here often? PO – No. I don’t think you’ve got many clubs in New York. CZ – Yeah, you’ve got Pacha and a handful of mid-sized clubs. PO – That’s it, according to my agent, you only have one club in New York, Pacha – the others have closed down. My friend’s looking to buy crobar, but according to my agent, there’s only one club there worth playing. CZ – Sullivan Room is pretty good, too. PO – Is it a big space? CZ – It’s mid-sized, probably holds about 300. Then there’s Cielo – these venues are thriving. PO – What’s gone on there, then? Why have they closed all the big clubs down? CZ – Poor management? I couldn’t answer for all of them, but perhaps it’s trouble with law enforcement, owners not keeping their paper work in order. This upcoming Wednesday is a tradition for you. What do you have up your sleeves this year? PO – Turkey. Dried up turkey. [Laughs] I fell into this position, literally, since a friend of mine always does a dinner for all the people, like 15-20, who don’t have family in New York. We keep on moving it from restaurant to restaurant. You don’t know everyone, but it’s a tradition. Afterwards, we go to the club. We used to do Hammerstein Ballroom, then we did crobar, and now we’re at Pacha. It’s surprising how many people come out on Thanksgiving day, who want to go out and dance. We used to call it Trancegiving, but then we changed the name. "Just put on the TV, listen to the music on commercials or go to the movies to see how much electronic music is involved in films." CZ – What does a venerable force like you think about when you wake up each day? PO – That was a great night last night, and my head hurts. CZ – Do you ever think about what you’re going to eat? PO – Yes, I’m a studied, fully qualified chef. The day on route, with six of us on the bus, the others wanting burgers, I said no. We ended-up in this diner about 50-60 miles outside of Atlantic City and I was going for more of the healthy option. You have to try and take care of yourself as much as you can on the road. CZ – How do you accomplish that? PO – Yeah, watching what you eat, drinking less, taking vitamins, just eating as much fresh stuff as you can. I had roasted chicken and two vegetables today so far, and then I’ll have something light before the show tonight, like soup and a salad – I won’t have anything heavy. CZ – Here in the US, dance music has been so mixed in with the mainstream, so it’s largely overlooked nowadays. Yet Daft Punk or The Chemical Brothers can sell out shows in a heartbeat. Do you think the movement just doesn’t command the attention it used to? Continued here...
- Author: Dennis Sebayan 


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