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Questions Top100 DJs 2008 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:25

Style: 
It's melodic, and has been for many years.
Best known for: 
Constantly doing new things.
Tune of the year: 
Jan Johnston's 'Everything To You' - a strong song, very melodic and trance at its best.
Producer of 2008: 
Robert Vadney from Greece and Adam White from England.
First record you ever brought: 
It was a T Rex album.
Weirdest thing you've seen all year: 
On the Madonna tour I saw five girls all dressed in pink, with pink hats, screaming their heads off in the front row.
Top gadget of 2008: 
Because I'm mainly doing film, my gadget in terms of work would be the studio.
Your year in five words...: 
Among the best I've had.
Most important thing you've learnt recently: 
To pay more attention.

Acid house hero, trance megastar, soundtrack supremo, astute label owner… just some of the many faces of Paul Oakenfold - the dance music colossus whose pervasive influence continues to loom large in 2008. Now one of Hollywood's most prolific film scorers, Oakenfold remains committed to the club cause, and his new DJ residency at the next-level Rain Nightclub in Las Vegas has done much to prove that the States' gambling capital can embrace dance music too. "The residency's been going really well, there are 4000 people a week," Oakey smiles. "But the reason it works for me and I wanted to do it in Vegas is that you can bring the show aspect into it. So we have various different performers, we have opera singers, guitarists, it's very much a forward-thinking show." The DJ has also been touring the world for an entirely new reason - to promote his 'Paul Oakenfold: The Authorised Biography', the momentous story so far, penned by Richard Norris of The Grid, and released at the end of last year. "I just finished a book tour around my biography, which was strange 'cos you sit there and talk about the book and talk about what you do," says Paul. Though his productions have been on the back burner since 2006's 'A Lively Mind' longplayer, now he's ready to get back in the saddle. "Next year I'll release a new album. I start work on it at the end of November," he reveals.

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