Music producer and British deejay Paul Oakenfold says Madonna, who is currently working on her 12th studio album, is “easy” to collaborate with and “works tirelessly in the studio.”
Oakenfold and the singer, who turned 53 on Tuesday, joined forces to create her 2009 “Celebration” single and told altsounds.com that she was anything but a diva to record with.
“Madonna was without doubt one of the best artists I have ever worked with. She had so many fantastic ideas and really took her music seriously.
“You can tell that with Madonna, everything is about the music. She’s a global name but still works tirelessly in the studio, puts on her best possible live gigs and puts 100 percent into everything she does. She’s really grounded too and easy to work with.”
In June, Madonna’s manager Guy Oseary confirmed on Twitter that the singer hadn’t decided which producer she wanted to work with for her new album.
“Madonna goes into the recording studio next month to begin work on new album,” Oseary said. “She has a good idea of which producers she will be working with… lots of questions about what kind of music it will be – stay tuned.”
While it is not confirmed whether the 47-year-old music mixer will reunite with the “Ray of Light” hitmaker on the new project, she beckoned for new collaborators late last year on her Facebook page.
“Its official! I need to move. I need to sweat. I need to make new music! Music I can dance to. I’m on the lookout for the maddest, sickest, most badass people to collaborate with. I’m just saying.”
Oakenfold has opened for Madonna during her “Confessions” tour in 2006 and “Sticky & Sweet” tour in 2008.
Paul Oakenfold, Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk unite for Loveparade charity theme. Paul Oakenfold, Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk have collaborated on a track called ‘Remember Love’, an homage to the 21 victims and visitors of this year’s Loveparade event. All proceeds will be donated to charity. July 24th 2010 is a date the dance scene will never forget. At the Loveparade, celebrated in Duisburg, Germany, more than 500 people were injured and 21 people were killed after panic broke out due to overcrowding in the tunnel entrance of the festival terrain. The Loveparade attracted more visitors than it could handle, resulting in mass hysteria and the death of 21 young dance lovers. Organiser of the Loveparade, Rainer Schaller, declared that the event would not be held again. The dance scene, along with its DJ’s, has been in shock ever since and to help remember the spirit of the famed dance event, three world-famous DJ’s have now united to create awareness and support the victims family-members and those injured. Paul Oakenfold, Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk have all played various times at Loveparade, some of them in the early years, when the it was still held in its original concept, in Berlin. They joined forces to produce a track, ‘Remember Love’. The initiator of the track was Paul Oakenfold. ‘ think the Loveparade represents a big part of the essence of the dance movement’, he explains.’t's a gathering for people from all over the world to come together to share their love for electronic music. I was watching television and a newsflash came up about the Loveparade. I really felt for the people that were there. I just thought we should do something to help them. In many other music genres artists come together, like ‘Live Aid’ and after the HaÃ¯ti-disaster. We should do something. So I wrote this song and contacted Armin van Buuren and Paul van Dyk. I asked them if they were interested, cause I thought it was a good idea to have England, Holland and Germany coming together. Us coming together to do a track and all the money goes to help people. I think this is the first time this has ever been done in the dance scene, to give back, to help people.’ Both Paul van Dyk and Armin van Buuren joined the project immediately. Armin van Buuren, confirms: ‘For the first time an Englishman, a German and a Dutchman teamed up and became united in the studio, creating a track that I hope people will love and treasure. Our purpose was united in the sense that we wanted to pay homage to those whose lives were lost, and to have their memories live on in the spirit of our record.’ All proceeds will be donated to the Association of Non-statutory Welfare in North Rhine-Westphalia Germany (LAG), which started an appeal to support the victims family-members and persons injured
Radio1 Celebrates 500th Essential Mix at Circus . Liverpool house night Circus will host one of the parties of the year as BBC Radio 1 DJ Pete Tong and a host of superstar guests celebrate the station’s 500th essential mix at the city’s Masque venue. Pete will be joined by house legend Sasha, a rare appearance from techno favourite Richie Hawtin along with Circus residents Yousef, Lewis Boardman, Alex Wolfenden and Scott Lewis. Since its launch in 1993, the Essential Mix has brought us landmark sets from the worlds biggest DJs including the likes of Paul Oakenfold, Deadmau5, Carl Cox, Pendulum and, of course Pete Tong (on photo). 499 different artists have graced the Essential Mix decks so far and the 500th DJ – voted for by an expert music industry panel – will be exclusively announced on the night and play their set in a special live broadcast to the nation.
Circus 500th essential mix party
BBC Radio 1’s 500th Essential mix DJ
Friday 23rd April
Richie Hawtin – live broadcast
Pete Tong – live broadcast
Sasha – live broadcast
500th Essential Mix DJ – live broadcast
Alex Wolfenden – Mambo Set
10pm – 5am
Catch the world’s best-known DJs at the 12th edition of the DJ Awards at Pacha Ibiza on Thursday 24th September. The biggest names from across the genres of dance music will gather to celebrate the biggest tunes, best parties and the latest technology that has made an unforgettable season. As always, a huge number of the 100+ nominees for the DJ Awards are from Holland, which is a huge testimony to the strength of the Dutch music scene and how highly it is respected around the world. Continue reading →