Paul Oakenfold is the famous two time Grammy nominated DJ, remixer, and producer who introduced the world to house music. Born in London, England, Oakenfold’s musical career began with mixing at age 16. He made his first DJ appearance in the late 1970s, where he played soul at a basement wine bar in Covent Garden, London. In the early 1980’s Paul wanted to take his talent to the next level by traveling across the Atlantic Ocean and moving to New York City. His love and knowledge of music served him well, as he landed a job as an A&R consultant for Profile Records and Def Jam and later signed artists including Salt N’ Pepa, DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will Smith.
In the mid 1980’s Paul moved back to England where he continued to DJ at local spots and became a promoter and British agent for the Beastie Boys and Run-D.M.C. In 1987, Oakenfold visited the Spanish island of Ibiza best known for its summer parties and dance-loving audience, and introduced the balearic trance sound that he would later become known for. This event marked his career as a producer and in 1988 he started the record label Perfecto Records, which he still owns and operates for new artists to develop their careers. He has signed artists such as David Guetta, Infected Mushroom, BT, Kenneth Thomas, Robert Vadney, DJ Skribble and many more.
By the mid 1990’s Paul helped turn dance music into the mainstream in European culture – Oakenfold became the most well known performance DJ, thus catching the attention of the band U2, who later invited him on their worldwide tour. As the UK dance scene grew, Paul launched the London super club Ministry of Sound and took on residency in Liverpool’s Cream. In 1999, Paul decided to leave Europe and move to the United States bringing his famous sound with him and changing the landscape of the DJing game worldwide with his monumental first US tour.
Paul’s first album for Maverick, ‘Bunkka’ was released in 2002. It included the massive single ‘Starry Eyed Surprised’ featuring Shifty Shellshock of Crazy Town, a Top 10 hit in both the US and the UK. Other guests on the album were Perry Farrell, Nelly Furtado, Ice Cube, Tricky and Hunter S Thompson.
In 2004 Oakenfold released a mix album ‘Another World’ which reached gold status in sales, making it one of the biggest selling dance albums of all time.
Paul released his second album for Maverick ‘A Lively Mind’ in June 2006. This Grammy-nominated album includes the single ‘Faster Kill Pussycat’ featuring Brittany Murphy. Other guests on the album were Pharrell Williams, Grandmaster Flash and Ryan Tedder of Onerepublic.
In 2007, Oakenfold released his ‘Greatest Hits & Remixes’ album through Perfecto/Ultra Records, a 20 selection strong collection of his seminal dance recordings and remixes. The album’s track listing ranges from original productions like ‘Starry Eyed Surprise,’ ‘Ready Steady Go,’ and ‘Faster Kill Pussycat,’ and multiple remixes he produced of artists like Justin Timberlake, U2, Madonna, The Ssmashing Pumpkins, and Radiohead.
Paul currently holds a much coveted US residency at one of the largest night clubs in Las Vegas, Rain at The Palms Casino. Perfecto, his creation and his first and only US residency, which is his famous Saturday night party, began in 2008 and continues to grow. Paul revolutionized dance music and created a home for it in Las Vegas while changing the landscape of the party scene in town. His knowledge of the genre and sound of dance music makes him the pioneer of the genre and a game changer for many. Oakenfold’s popularity and style paved the way for many dance DJs to follow suit, with other clubs in Las Vegas using his successful model of dance music to mold club nights of their own.
During his free time he can also be found in the studio producing and remixing music’s biggest hits, which include songs by Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj, Kings of Leon, U2, Jennifer Lopez, Michael Jackson, The Cure and many more.