Paul Oakenfold Spins at Cielo in NYC | Review
At this point in my life, I don’t normally go out on Sundays anymore. However, Paul Oakenfold–original pioneer and icon of the global trance scene–paid a visit to New York City’s Meatpacking District to play a live set at Cielo, being the kind of person who pays his respects to legends of ANY genre, I had to go see him live. This stop occured during the North American leg of his “Trance Mission” club tour. If you’re anything like me a few years ago, your first question is, “what the hell is trance?” That’s exactly what Oakenfold’s club tour sets oput to answer for fans!
Trance – a genre of electronic dance music that developed in the 1990s in Germany. It is characterized by a tempo of between 125 and 150 beats per minute, repeating melodic phrases, and a musical form that builds up and down throughout a track.
According to an earlier interview with Billboard, ““The sound that’s being played at the moment has these [aspects] that are very similar to trance,” Oakenfold explains. “But it seems that everyone’s playing the same tracks. I was looking into it a lot deeper and thinking what can you bring that’s different but also exciting young and new, introducing a sound that’s incredibly popular around the world but not necessarily in America.”
Staying true to this concept, Oakenfold masterfully played to the crowd that turned out to hear his latest take on trance on Cielo’s intimate dancefloor. In between trips to the bar–kind of pricey–and going to the bathroom repeatedly, I have a tiny bladder, I was able to enjoy classic Trance. Here’s how I can tell the difference; I’m not a big dancer, yeah I enjoy dancing with an attractive girl but I’m not about to get out on the floor and try to re-enact the Thriller video. While I listened to Oakenfold’s set, I noticed that I really didn’t care if I looked stupid…I legitimately just wanted to dance; I couldn’t help but start moving to the music.
It started with a head nod, then I was doing a two-step, and before I knew what was happening, I was in the middle of a group-hug (the first of three), half-dancing and half-vibing out to the music. It was a refreshing change, to hear a new take on a classic sound as opposed to the latest remix of whatever “hot’ song is out at the moment. Paul Oakenfold’s set proved, to me at least, that there is a difference between a remix and a cover. Anyone can remix a song. Creating a cover takes insight; you have to actually consider the artist’s intent and try to emulate that, while adding your own unique touch to the record. I look forward to hearing the entire album once the “Trance Mission” is complete.
Trance Mission Tour Dates (Remaining dates in Bold)
10/26/13 – Ruby Skye, San Francisco CA
10/31/13 – The Catalyst, Santa Cruz CA
11/1/13 – Rialto Theater, Tucson AZ
11/2/13 – Avalon, Hollywood CA
11/7/13 – Beta, Denver CO
11/8/13 – Voyeur, San Diego CA
11/9/13 – HHH Festival, Mexico City MX
11/15/13 – Gossip, Vancouver BC
11/16/13 – SET Nightclub, Edmonton AB
11/21/11 – Whisper, Philadelphia PA
11/22/13 – Elekctricity, Pontiac MI
11/23/13 – The MID, Chicago IL
11/24/13 – Cielo, New York NY
12/13/13 – Phoenix, Charlotte NC
12/14/13 – Gryphon, Hollywood FL
12/19/13 – Bear Booth Theater, Anchorage AK
12/21/13 – Foundation Room, Seattle WA
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