Published on July 10th, 2012 | by Ilenia Cangelosi0
We Are Planet Perfecto with Paul Oakenfold at Pacha NYC 7/14/12
When you think of trance and electronic music today you think of huge, sold-out festivals with stupendous stage setups and LED lights galore. But for those who have been listening since the beginning, researching dance music through the years, a few names come to mind. One of those names is Paul Oakenfold. He is one of the founding fathers of dance music. Oakenfold’s Perfecto record label was founded in the late 80s and has played an integral part in the birth of trance music owning up to massive international groundbreaking tracks such as “Not Over Yet”, “Southern Sun”, and “Bullet In The Gun”. The Perfecto brand helped to mold and develop trance and dance music, nurturing it to grow and explode to what EDM has become today. So when we lose our grits over major artists taking the decks at Pacha NYC week in and week out, yes, we think it’s all over the top and out of this world.. but when a name like Paul Oakenfold enters through the doors of Pacha NYC this Saturday, July 14th, 2012 – a truly rare and legendary opportunity has fallen into our laps. Now it’s up to you to purchase your tickets before they quickly sell out!
Paul Oakenfold is one of the true legends of dance music and remains one of the leading forces in the global music scene today. He pioneered the global dance movement back in the late 80’s, sweeping the scene of Ibiza, Spain and bringing his findings over to the UK. Oakenfold discovered Balearic sounds, put his own touch on it, and delivered his new found trance music through residency at major world clubs Cream in Liverpool and Ibiza, Pacha Ibiza and Barcelona, and not to mention he was first ever resident at Ministry of Sound London. Paul Oakenfold was quickly embodied by major artists Madonna and U2, both which set him as opening acts for major world tours (three world-tours with each artist) in the 90’s, rather than having the usual opening band. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2004 for his the compilation ‘Creamfields’, in 2007 for ‘A Lively Mind’, and in 2009 for his production work with Madonna. Paul Oakenfold was THE name in dance music in the 90’s having held the achievement of highest selling DJ compilations ever released in US history, multiple albums racketing over half a million sales. If being one of the founding fathers of dance music and lining multiple world tours with Madonna and U2 isn’t impressive enough, let’s note that Paul Oakenfold is one of the only artists to have performed ON the Great Wall of China, and played two 30,000 capacity sold out shows at the Hollywood Bowl in California. Not to mention his long laundry list of 20+ platinum artist albums and DJ compilations. Not only did he institute the global EDM movement, but Paul Oakenfold is responsible for creating some of the most breathtaking film scores and cues for a long list of Hollywood feature films including Swordfish, Matrix Reloaded, The Bourne Identity, Shrek 2, and Collateral. Paul Oakenfold helped to build trance music and reform it into what EDM is today and needless to say, the man is truly a legend.
Paul Oakenfold’s Perfecto label remains as cutting edge and popular as ever releasing numerous, multifaceted artists compilations yearly. The labels most recent album “Perfecto Las Vegas” held the Number 1 spot on the US iTunes dance chart for several weeks and continues to sell incredible amounts, thus proving that Paul Oakenfold is still “at the top of his game.” The labels newest artist album ‘Pop Killer’, which features remix work for The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, One Republic, Gnarls Barkley, and B.O.B., is scheduled for immediate release. Kind of like a modern-day DJ-Wonderman, Paul holds weekly residency at the infamous Rain Nightclub at the Palms Resort, Las Vegas, and he hosts a weekly radio show, Planet Perfecto, which provides listeners with the latest and greatest in electronic, trance, and progressive music. He is a ‘Godly’ EDM megastar, and truly an inspiration to witness live. I hope I have brushed up your EDM history a bit and enticed you to CLICK HERE and purchase your tickets to see PAUL OAKENFOLD LIVE at PACHA NYC this SATURDAY, July 14th, 2012! Limited Pre-sale Tickets Available so act now! I look forward to dancing with EDM advocates, both new and old, this weekend with Paul Oakenfold at Pacha NYC!
Article by: Ilenia Cangelosi
About the Author
Ilenia Cangelosi Ilenia Cangelosi is a native New Yorker with a passionate "MBA" in Electronic Dance Music. A long time connoisseur of dance music having been exposed to New York City nightlife at a young age, Ilenia loves everything EDM from Trance, Minimal, Techno, House, Drum&Bass and all things world festivals. Follow Ilenia (@miSziLenia) on Twitter & Instagram to stay up to date on the latest & greatest in all things EDM!