When the beats and crescendos of Tranceport hit our collective ears in 1998, it exploded all over South Florida like a firecracker. The album exemplified the trance of the time, and we couldn't get enough.
Paul Oakenfold was already known in the world of electronic music, but this was the British DJ's American breakout hit. He has been spinning distinctive sounds since the 1980s, when he established his Perfecto label.
The Grammy-nominated DJ and producer has made his way around the globe and back for three decades, getting people all sweaty from Ibiza to Twilo. Oakenfold has opened for U2 on its Zoo TV tour and even Madonna and remixed everyone from Björk to the Rolling Stones.
He rose to fame with other house greats Sasha and Digweed, Paul Van Dyk, and Tiësto and has influenced the likes of many DJs since, such as Eric Prydz and Swedish House Mafia. Oakenfold, who was once known as the most important DJ in the world, will perform at Gryphon Nightclub on Saturday, February 18.
The following are a few songs to get you in the mood for the big night.
"Ready Steady Go" even appeared in The Bourne Identity, but Matt Damon ran to it instead of dancing in a club with 10,000 other people. Sweating is good either way.
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Liz has her master’s degree in religion from Florida State University. She has since written for publications and outlets such as Miami New Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Ocean Drive, the Huffington Post, NBC Miami, Time Out Miami, Insomniac, the Daily Dot, and the Atlantic. Liz spent three years as New Times Broward-Palm Beach’s music editor, was the weekend news editor at Inverse, and is currently the managing editor at Tom Tom Magazine.