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Paul Oakenfold: "I still fight to get a seat on the subway or the bus"

What can be said about Paul Oakenfold that hasn't been revealed in hundreds of prior interviews? When tasked with speaking to a pioneer, it's hard to avoid the obvious questions: What keeps you producing music? Why do you still DJ? What is your favorite song?

When we spoke with Oakenfold, he was on his eleventh interview of the day at his Los Angeles office. Still, he had plenty to say. He's got a new album coming out on June 20, Trance Mission, and it comprises entirely tributes to classic dance tracks. He's touring the country to support it, and he'll play Beta on Sunday. We talked to him about that, his struggles to find a seat on public transit and plenty more.

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Britt Chester is a writer and video producer living in Denver, Colorado. He's covered breaking news, music, arts and cannabis for Westword since 2010. His work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Village Voice, YES! Weekly, Inman News and the Winston-Salem Journal. He likes running, cycling, and interviewing people.
Contact: Britt Chester