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“I have always sought to push the limits”

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Paul Oakenfold recaps his career and industry changes on The Spout podcast

Legendary Paul Oakenfold spoke to The beak podcast about his early career and said being challenged by the film industry was “a real moment for me‘.

Paul Oakenfold is one of the most legendary figures in electronic music in the UK and around the world. The three-time Grammy winner is one of trance’s most relevant actors and although he was among the industry’s earliest chapters, today he continues to leave his mark on the art that he seeks to preserve. Maybe none of this information is new to you, but did you know that it was the film industry that helped Oakenfold’s career flourish? It’s about this, and more, that the legendary entertainer spoke on The Spout Podcast.

The Spout Podcast is a weekly show where famous people talk about what made them famous and their passions beyond music. These are meaningful conversations that give you close access to the lives and careers of your favorite artists. The Spout Podcast is distributed on all major podcast platforms, including Spotify, Google, iHeartand Apple podcast. Paul Oakenfold was one of the podcast’s most recent guests and spoke with the host Nick Major on his career, his new album and how he embraces the changes in the industry.

The music industry is his place and it’s where he built an incredible career as a DJ, producer and pioneer of dance music. However, the first steps were taken in the film industry but not as an actor, make no mistake about it. Paul Oakenfold was challenged to write a song for a movie that didn’t exist yet and the result was the big hit ‘Ready. Steady, go‘ which toured in films and was part of his first album bunkka in 2002:

‘It’s a real moment for me (…) I was like ‘let me see if I can come up with an idea that works for a trailer, a movie’ because I’m a fan of movies. So much so that this song appeared in “Bourne Identity”. I did a redesign of it for ‘Collateral’… We still play it now, and then it was in commercials. It was one of those songs. It just connected and happened.

In this interview, Paul Oakenfold also spoke about his recent album ‘Shine on‘ and how the pandemic turned out to be an opportunity for the British artist to complete his career with another brilliant piece of work. Before the pandemic, creating in the studio was an almost impossible challenge, but the opportunity came from confinement:

“There is something positive that you can take away from COVID because it was difficult for all of us. And for me, it was about time I had time to be in the studio to focus and work, and really think because there was nothing else to do.

Oakenfold also revealed some very interesting details about why he called his new album “Shine On” and more. If you want to find out all about it, listen to the full interview below.

Paul Oakenfold’s career spans analog and digital. The legendary artist has seen major changes in the industry over the past four decades, especially those related to technology. Oakenfold embraces change, always championing the importance of keeping the DJ art form alive. Beyond the technological revolution, he supports emerging artists, bringing many of them to his record label. But if change is necessary, care must be taken not to distort the industry:

“I think you have to embrace change. First, change surrounds us every day. Generally, we like to be in our comfort zones and we don’t like change. You don’t always like what happens to you, especially technology was, I mean, the real art of DJing, and I always say to young DJs who are signed producers or that I signed to my label that they really should go out and experience and see some of the greatest DJs.

Paul Oakenfold further adds that:

“I’ve always looked to push the boundaries. We can take music out of the traditional setup. It is not enough to live in nightclubs”.

Travel back in time with the legendary trance master as Paul Oakenfold recaps his illustrious career below:

Paul Oakenfold (Press / via Insomniac)