In a throw back to last year’s SXSW and to the late 90s and early 2000s, Paul Oakenfold is an original. As an English record producer and trace DJ, he is a pioneer of electronic music. He is a two time Grammy nominated DJ, remixer, and his expertise in an array of electronic genres and professional knowledge of the actual sounds and components of dance music make him the innovator that he is. Oakenfold’s popularity and style paved the way for many dance DJs to follow. In the world of club/house/trance music, Oakenfold is a legend.
In addition to hearing his music on New York’s dance radio (103.5 KTU) back in the day, last year in what was the upstairs of Buffalo Billiards in Austin, I had the opportunity to see him work his magic. With SXSW 2014 in full swing, I found it only appropriate to reminisce about last year and remember this artist who has inspired others and has helped electronic music become what it is today.
In light of last night’s events down in Austin, I send prayers and my deepest condolences to all of those affected by the tragic and senseless events that occurred.