About Paul Oakenfold
Paul Oakenfold is one of the true legends of dance music and remains one of the leading forces in the global music scene today.
Since pioneering the genre in Ibiza back in 1987, Paul has remained one of the scene’s leading ambassadors. His high profile work with the likes of Madonna, U2 and The Happy Mondays has made him a household name, but it’s his legendary DJ sets to many millions of fans across the globe that have cemented his position as one of the most respected names on the scene.
A life-changing break to Ibiza back in 1987 saw Paul discovering Balearic music in clubs such as Amnesia. Inspired, he took those sounds back to the UK. In the early 90’s Perfecto Records was born, releasing countless high profile releases and remixes in its path. Holding residencies at Amnesia and Pacha in Ibiza, Paul also opened Ministry Of Sound in London and was their first resident.
However it was his famed residency at UK superclub Cream in Liverpool that brought Paul global respect as a master of his art. This residency was celebrated through the Grammy nominated 2004 compilation Creamfields (Paul went on to receive a second Grammy nomination in 2007 with his artist album, “A Lively Mind” and then again in 2009 for his production work with Madonna).
Paul’s status and profile in America have grown into something of a phenomenon with the recent achievement of highest selling dj compilation ever released in US history – with over half a million sales.
Oakenfold’s stature as a DJ and entertainer has taken him beyond the normal club and festival circuit, playing landmark gigs that have changed the face of electronic music. Highlights include three worldwide tours warming up for Madonna and U2 (with both artists insisting on a DJ set from Paul instead of a support band) ; performing on the Great Wall of China and two sold out dates playing to 30,000 people at the Hollywood Bowl in California.
As well as three acclaimed artist albums under his own name, Paul has produced for megastars such as U2, Madonna (including her latest release “Celebration”) and The Happy Mondays, remixed Michael Jackson, The Rolling Stones and Justin Timberlake and released over 20 DJ mix compilations.
Founded in the late 80s, Oakenfold’s groundbreaking Perfecto record label played an integral role in the birth of trance music, with Paul at the helm producing massive international bombs such as “Not Over Yet”, “Bullet In The Gun” and “Southern Sun”.
Today the Perfecto label remains as cutting edge and popular as ever – with the recent double album “Perfecto Las Vegas” recently holding the #1 spot on the US iTunes dance chart for several weeks. With new artist album Pop Killer scheduled for imminent release (featuring The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Gnarls Barkley, OneRepublic and B. O.B.), “Perfecto Las Vegas” serves as a reminder that Oakenfold is still at the top of his game.
In recent years Paul has also been responsible for creating some of the most breathtaking film scores and cues for a long list of Hollywood blockbusters – including The Bourne Identity, Matrix Reloaded, Shrek 2, Swordfish and Collateral.
Astonishingly, despite all his success in the worlds of chart music and film, Oakenfold has found time to keep in touch with his roots as a club DJ. Over the past year he has held a weekly residency at the legendary Rain nightclub in The Palms, Las Vegas. Planet Perfecto is a fully produced show with 75 circus performers, cutting edge visuals and special effects – giving the 3,000-strong crowd a truly unique experience.