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With a greatest hits album and an autobiography, Paul Oakenfold has been spending some time in his past this year. But his present has been busy as well, thanks to a new soundtrack and a couple of higWith a greatest hits album and an autobiography, Paul Oakenfold has been spending some time in his past this year. But his present has been busy as well, thanks to a new soundtrack and a couple of high-profile remixes.
Top of the list, of course, is his treatment of Britney Spears' "Gimme More," which is climbing the Hot Dance Club Play chart -- and attaches the DJ/remixer/composer to one of the year's hottest tabloid stories.
"That's got absolutely nothing to do with why I chose to do it, though," Oakenfold tells Billboard.com. "I think the record is a f*cking great record. I think it's so on the mark with what's going on in the clubs today. But the tempo wasn't right for Europe and the main dance floors in America, so I got rid of the crap on it which I didn't think worked, speeded it up and gave it more structure and arrangement and more of a heavier club feel. They liked it. Now I have to do a radio edit, and hopefully that'll do well for her."
As for Spears herself, Oakenfold says he's sorry that "she's getting such a hard time. I think when people are going through a hard time, that's when (other) people should come and support them rather than slag them off. I don't know why people have to be like that."
In addition to "Gimme More," Oakenfold has also done a remix of the Santana classic "Oye Como Va" for an upcoming digital release package. "They asked me which one I liked, and that was my favorite," he says. "It was a difficult one to do, actually. The concept I had was to not take too much away from it, just make it more current."
Oakenfold has also added to his film credits with a score for the new "Nobel Son," which stars Alan Rickman, Danny DeVito, Bill Pullman and Mary Steenburgen and debuted at this year's Tribeca Film Festival.
Earlier this year, Oakenfold released his "Greatest Hits & Remixes" album -- including new mixes of songs he did for Radiohead, Everything But The Girl and Mark Ronson as well as his own "Southern Sun" -- and published "Paul Oakenfold: The Authorised Autobiography" in his native U.K. He's also got "a couple of ideas" for his next artist album, the follow-up to last year's "A Lively Mind," that he hopes to record in 2008.