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Interview:
Oakenfold Making Past Present With CD, Book
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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With a greatest hits album and an autobiography, Paul Oakenfold has been spending some time in his past this year. But his present has been busy as well thanks to a new soundtrack and a couple of high-profile remixes.

Top of the list, of course, is his treatment of Britney Spears' "Gimme More," which is climbing the Hot Dance Club Play chart -- and attaches the DJ/remixer/composer to one of the year's hottest tabloid stories.

"That's got absolutely nothing to do with why I chose to do it, though," Oakenfold tells Billboard.com. "I think the record is a fucking great record. I think it's so on the mark with what's going on in the clubs today. But the tempo wasn't right for Europe...and the main dance floors in America, so I got rid of the crap on it which I didn't think worked, speeded it up and gave it more structure and arrangement and more of a heavier club feel.

"They liked it. Now I have to do a radio edit, and hopefully that'll do well for her."

As for Spears herself, Oakenfold says he's sorry that "she's getting such a hard time. I think when people are going through a hard time, that's when (other) people should come and support them rather than slag them off. I don't know why people have to be like that."

In addition to "Gimme More," Oakenfold has also done a remix of the Santana classic "Oye Como Va" for an upcoming digital release package. "They asked me which one I liked, and that was my favorite," he says. "It was a difficult one to do, actually. The concept I had was to not take too much away from it, just make it more current."

Oakenfold has also added to his film credits with a score for the new "Nobel Son," which stars Alan Rickman, Danny DeVito, Bill Pullman and Mary Steenburgen and debuted at this year's Tribeca Film Festival. "They wanted a very euphorian type of sound to it," Oakedfold says.

Earlier this year Oakenfold released his "Greatest Hits & Remixes" album -- including new remixes of songs he did for Radiohead, Everything But The Girl and Mark Ronson as well as his own "Southern Sun" -- and publised "Paul Oakenfold: The Authorised [cq] Autobiography" in his native U.K. He's also got "a couple of ideas" for his next artist album, the follow-up to last year's "A Lively Mind," that he hopes to record in 2008.



Paul Oakenfold performs at 9 p.m. Friday (Nov. 23) at Clutch Cargo's, 65 E. Huron St., Pontiac. Tickets are $29.50. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit www.clutchcargos.com.



Web Site: www.clutchcargos.com

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