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DJ Bangs The Clubs With His Own Tunes

Of the Oakland Press

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When Paul Oakenfold hits the turntables at Clutch Cargo’s, he’ll have a large body of music to play — mostly his own.

Earlier this year, the British dance and electronic music auteur released his latest album, “A Lively Mind,” a song-oriented set that features guest appearances by actress Brittany Murphy, the Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams and rap legend Grandmaster Flash.

“I’m not a singer,” Oakenfold, 43, said. “It’s diffi cult to fi nd

singers that can express the means and terms of what you’re saying in your music. These were very enjoyable collaborations — as were the lesserknown people on the album, like Spitfi re and an electronic rock band called the Bad Apples.”

The Williams track, “Sex ’n’ Money,” is the album’s latest single, which Oakenfold says came from “an idea of writing a lyric that worked for clubs and bars kind of around the world — hence the title.” But, he adds, even though electronic artists are primarily associated with dance clubs, the songs on “A Lively Mind” take him, and his guests, in different and varied directions.

“I think that the idea of having more continuity and being more rhythmic would probably suit my fan base a lot better,” said Oakenfold, who recently worked on scores for the fi lms “19” and “The Heavy.” “But adding melody and song structure, especially from an artist’s point of view, is very important.

“There are a couple of instrumentals on the record, and so there should be; as a DJ, that’s what I tend to play. But I did think and do think that song (writing) is the way forward. It’s the hardest thing to do, and I love that challenge.”

Perfecto, featuring DJs Paul Oakenfold, Kenneth Thomas and Shawn Michaels, is Friday (October 6th) at Clutch Cargo’s, 65 E. Huron, Pontiac. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $25 general admission, $50 VIP. Call (248) 333-2362 or visit

Web Site: www. clutchcargos.com

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