Over the past 25 or so years, Paul Oakenfold has garnered quite the bit of fame. And by "quite the bit of fame," we mean he's been pretty fucking famous. From creating Perfecto Records to his major breakout album Tranceport to more recent collabs with Benny Benassi, Oakenfold is a big reason teenagers now even know electronic music exists. He, along with a slew of other seasoned dogs, brought trance to the masses, and now, to the kids of the masses.
"I started DJing in the late '80s and I never thought I would get to see the world through a box of records," says Oakenfold. "I really enjoy playing in America, and my residency at The Palms in Las Vegas was an important moment for me, because it helped develop the scene that is there now."
Oakenfold is currently back stateside on his Trance Mission tour. He described it as "me going back to my roots and playing and supporting new producers in this generation." Which is nice to hear. Oakenfold isn't some hack spinning throwback beats, he's ripe for schooling the millennials on real electronic music, stuff he created. And, he adds, "the tour has been going really well; I am really enjoying it."
This Saturday, Oakenfold makes a stop at Gryphon Nightclub. Gen Y babies, can come on out to hear more than just his take on the Chili Pepper's "Otherside."
He's planning more great collabs in the future. "I have done a lot of collaborations and most of them are on my last two artist albums," says Oakenfold. "The direction for my new artist album is finding great new singers and collaborating with them." We can be assured that Oakenfold isn't slowing down anytime soon, and we can't even fathom what's to come next.
Paul Oakenfold. 11 p.m., Saturday, Decmeber 14, at Gryphon, 5711 Seminole Way, Hollywood. Purchase tickets at http://gryphon.wantickets.com/