Oakenfold Struggling With New Album
For the past several months, Paul Oakenfold has been working on his second Maverick album.For the past several months, Paul Oakenfold has been working on his second Maverick album. And while the international DJ/producer says he has nearly completed the set, he admits he is having a difficult time finishing it.
"I've recorded many songs with a bunch of singers, but I don't know if I'm going to keep any of them," Oakenfold tells Billboard. "I'm musically comfortable with the tracks, but I'm now trying to find two unknown singers -- a man and a woman -- to spotlight."
Oakenfold credits his uncertainty to not feeling very inspired lately. "It's as if I've hit a brick wall," he says.
Of course, this could be because of an incredibly busy work schedule, which includes scoring videogames ("GoldenEye: Rogue Agent," due Nov. 17 from Electronic Arts) and developing the concept for and starring in the reality TV series "The Club."
Shot at the Ice Meta Club in Las Vegas, "The Club," which focuses on DJs, enthusiasts and nightlife culture, premieres Nov. 10 on Spike TV. Naturally, music will play a major role in the show, with many of the featured tracks appearing on an accompanying soundtrack to be released early next year by Oakenfold's label, Perfecto.
The soundtrack will include exclusive Oakenfold remixes of tracks by Natasha Bedingfield and Faultline, as well as the DJ's reworking of the Doors' "L.A. Woman."
Oakenfold says that working on "The Club" has opened his mind to other film and TV opportunities. "I'm learning a lot these days," he says. "I'm now working on a concept for a feature film."