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.”