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article imagePaul Oakenfold talks new music and electronic dance scene Special

By Markos Papadatos     Dec 4, 2014 in Music
Dance music superstar Paul Oakenfold chatted with Digital Journal about his new collection and the electronic music scene.
On the electronic dance music scene, he said, "Well, my first love is the music itself but I also love the fact that the scene unites people from all other world, especially now in the digital age when everyone is connected with everyone, but there is something special about electronic music that brings people together regardless of their background, religion, culture or belief differences.
Throughout his career, he scored three Grammy nominations and was crowned No. 1 DJ in the world by DJ Magazine twice, in 1998 and 1999. When asked about his proudest professional moments in his career, he said, "There have been so many high points that have made me incredibly proud but I’m especially proud of when I was given an award by the Queen at Buckingham Palace in recognition of my contributions to contemporary British Music. I think that day made not only me but my family too very proud."
Regarding the song selection process for We Are Planet Perfecto, Vol. 4, he said, "Well, I'd been touring the Trance Mission album for about six months playing a lot of festivals and this melodic, tough style of trance which I guess you could describe as a sound that sites somewhere between traditional progressive, psy and cooler melodic trance was just really going down well so when we sat down in the Perfecto office and discussed what we wanted the new album to be I think we all wanted it to be based on the Fluoro sound that I play on my FOF radio show. EDM might be the headline bread winner out there but there is still a massive love for trance, including by me."
He continued, "Despite the fact your parents or neighbors might tell you otherwise - this is one meal best served at an incredibly high volume."
The acclaimed dance DJ noted that all of his tracks on the new project are his favorites. "If I didn't think, that then I wouldn't have chosen them," he said.
Oakenfold added, "It's a cool melodic trance journey that builds in a progressive fashion from a deep opening on CD 1 at 126 bpm through to the raging techy end on CD two at 138. It's about blending big songs and big melodies for the fans that have enjoyed the sets I've played over the summer."
On his plans for the future, he said, "Other than touring non-stop, I’m currently putting together the Perfecto 25 album for release in March next year when we’ll begin the celebrations for Perfecto's 25th Birthday. If you are a true Perfecto fan and follower this album should be on your hit list – it will be a collection of the biggest hits and in my view the most memorable moments on the label from when it started right through to today. It's going to be massive."
He noted that he plays in the "Big Apple" in six month intervals, and that he is motivated each day simply by his "passion for music."
For Oakenfold, the key to longevity in electronic dance music is "originality, passion, dedication and persistence."
Oakenfold listed the Pierces as his dream female collaboration choice. "I think they are sisters from Scandinavia. Their voices and especially their melodies and harmonies are quite something. You should check out their song 'You'll be Mine.' It's an amazing song. If you could harness that talent and direct it down a path aimed at the electronic dance floor, I'm certain you could create something magical."
He concluded our interview by defining the word "success" as "making a living from doing your hobby."
For more information on Paul Oakenfold, visit his official website.
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