Thursday, July 27, 2006

DJ Paul Oakenfold Ostracized By Rock’s Roadies

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Paul Oakenfold is an electronic-music icon, a DJ-producer-performer-songwriter who’s influenced the future of popular music.

But when it comes to getting that cred from the roadies for a traditional rock band, like, say, U2, it’s like he’s Rodney Dangerfield: No respect.

Oakenfold says he learned the hard way – while on tour as the opening act for Bono’s boys back in the mid- ’90s – that some rock stereotypes die hard, especially amongst those lowest on old rock’s pecking order.

Like the roadies who treated him like a novelty because, as Oakenfold chuckles, “I didn’t have a guitar and play in a band; accused of being one of those ‘knob- twiddlers.”’

As Oakenfold tours behind his buzz-heavy new release, A Lively Mind, he says it was never in doubt what type of musician he wanted to be.

As he puts it: “It was always seemed better to me to make my music, take it into the clubs and get it to the people right away – not slave away in somebody else’s band.”

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