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Questions Top100 DJs 2013 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:19

Best known for: 
Tune of the year: 
Beatman & Ludmilla 'Bazantar'

"No, I don’t think they have. People go to the clubs to listen to certain DJs.”

Have DJs' fees got out of hand?: 
“Yeah, of course. House music is pop music now. I don’t see why that isn’t a good thing, all music’s there to share and if you make a song that becomes popular, what’s wrong with that?”

Has dance music become the new pop?: 
“I wouldn’t, I’m happy being myself. I don’t have to be an animal, I’m fine being myself — hahaha.”
If you could be any animal, what would you be?: 
“No fucking way, that’s cheese! That’s the cheesiest thing you can do, Gareth Bale does it all the time and how many cool footballers do you know?”

Should DJs do "heart hands": 
“No, it’s down to the individual. You are responsible for your actions, not the DJ. Once you’re 18 and allowed into a nightclub, you’re responsible for your life — whatever you do in life is nothing to do with a DJ.”
Do DJs have a duty to speak out about drugs?: 
“A pair of season tickets to see Chelsea on the bench each game. I’d be a player — super sub. Last 10 minutes.”

DJ Mag remembers thinking when Oakey went to Vegas that there was no chance that dance music was going to catch on over there...

“It’s ridiculous, there’s more billboards for DJs than there is for anyone else now,” Paul replies, likening it to Ibiza in the old days. “It hasn’t been about crooners and slot machines for years.”
He started his residency in Vegas four years ago, when there was no electronic music there.

“I thought with the right team working in the same direction, the potential was huge,” he says. “Then a lot of other clubs started thinking that, cos we were doing so well.”

Oakey's new comp, 'Ibiza To Vegas', attempts to showcase the two different sounds of those destinations.“Arguably, the two most important ports of call when it comes to electronic music. America has the big room sound which dominates, and I think it’s quite melodic and has its big trance moments, and then Ibiza is a lot more underground — and the tempo’s faster,” he says.

Chelsea fan Paul tells us that he's been touring a lot as a DJ again recently, “and finishing my record up”. Like his previous two artist albums, he says, it's full of melodic songs with beats, “but what’s changed is house music is pop music, so I think the songs will be very well-received. Now we're mainstream”.
He's just done some music for Leonardo Di Caprio and Martin Scorsese’s new film, and thinks it's a good moment for everyone at present. “Electronic music is in a great place, and the pie seems to be big enough for everyone,” Paul says. “Just embrace it and be in the moment and enjoy it. That’s where I am with it. I’m not focusing on what anyone else is doing, I’m just in the moment having fun and enjoying what I’m doing. And making music — love it.”