For the first installment of Beyond the Beats, Billboard turned to a trusted veteran.
Paul Oakenfold is the rare artist who actually needs no introduction – a crossover trailblazer who reinvented the role of the DJ and paved the road for the present era. From touring with Madonna and U2 to groundbreaking performances at the Great Wall of China, Hollywood Bowl, Glastonbury and Coachella, Oakenfold is an icon whose impact still reverberates throughout the dance scene.
The UK legend invited Billboard into his lovely Hollywood home to take a joint stroll down memory lane – exploring his sprawling record collection (“the landscape of my life”), recounting his silver-screen film soundtracks and speaking candidly about the rise of dance music in America.
Watch the full premiere of Beyond the Beats’ first episode above.