His two last albums have been centered on great singers and wonderful tracks, all of which have cutting edge rhythm. Over the years, there has been notable change and electronic music has now become mainstream. His latest album is not very much different from what he has previously done but the perception is likely to categorize it more as a pop record.
Paul Oakenfold is gearing up to the release of his full length album known as PopKiller which will be out later in the year. From that album is the track “U Are” which is a collaboration with the singer/songwriter Amba Shepherd and the producer/multi-instrumentalists BRKLYN.
In the words of Oakenfold, the track is the setup record for his first single in the album. The core of U Are is a light vocal from Amba Shepherd whom according to Oakenfold has a great vocal tone.
BRKLYN hinted that it is Oakenfold who originally asked them to do an acoustic version construct of the U Are track. Cameron Trowbridge, one of the BRKLYN duo points at hard work as pivotal to success. He also emphasizes that great songs don’t have to be forced because they ought to come naturally. He knows that some songs take a week, others days, but U Are took only a couple of hours and it was off the production studio. After BRKLYN added the instrumental details, the song U Are started having a unique appeal and Oakenfold loved it.
Paul Oakenfold’s Music Career
In podcasted interview, Paul Oakenfold gives a description of his early life as a bedroom DJ. He grew up fancying the Beatles and at the age of 21 years, he moved to 254 West 54th Street with Ian Paul. His music career formally began in the late 1970s when he played soul music in a Covent Garden wine bar. From there, he began to grow in experience and his moving to West Harlem in New York City was more of a breakthrough. During this time, the most popular sound in the area was hip hop. As Oakenfold was working as an A&R man for Champion Records, his career was ushered into the mainstream.
His first official studio album, Bunkka, was released in 2002 when Oakenfold signed to Maverick. It also happens to his bestselling album of all time with total sales exceeding one million copies worldwide. Since May 2015, Oakenfold has been at the forefront in world talent search and the development of mentorship programs. He is heading the department of DJs, EDM vocalists and producers.