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June 27, 2014

By Adrian Gomez, Albuquerque Journal, N.M.

June 27--Paul Oakenfold is one of the biggest names in electronic music. And has been for nearly 20 years.

The DJ has performed all over the world and produced some of today's hits. Despite all of his success, Oakenfold remains humble.

"I do this because I love it," he simply says. "There's nothing like creating a track, which then turns into millions of people listening to it. It's really special."

Oakenfold recently worked with Cher on two tracks for her album. While he was working on other projects, Oakenfold was slowly putting together the idea and songs for his latest release, "Trancemission." The album features trance songs from the past that are reimagined by Oakenfold.

"The idea stemmed a few years ago and I wanted to update these songs with a 2014 production sound," he says. "The challenge for me was not remixing them or reworking them in a cover version. It was about bringing a new life to them."

Oakenfold spent months adding more vocals and instrumentation to the tracks he chose.

"It was enjoyable to see the song being born again," he says. "These are songs that were spectacular in their own right."

Oakenfold says during his last tour, he wanted to strip down his set and make it all about the music.

"The entire tour was done in small venues, which were really cool to perform in," he says. "There were no big lasers or big screens."

This time around, Oakenfold says he's going for more production to his live show.

"I've worked so hard at giving these new songs a new treatment for 2014," he says. "There's no reason the live show can't be as exciting. I've also teamed up with Jagermeister on this tour, so it should be a lot of fun."

Paul Oakenfold

WHEN: 8 tonight WHERE: Sunshine Theater, 120 W. Central HOW MUCH: $21, plus fees at or 886-1251


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