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Paul Oakenfold

Paul Oakenfold

Friday, March 16

In 1985 DJ Paul Oakenfold’s life changed. He spent a summer on Ibiza, a small island on the east coast of Spain, known for its thriving club scene. According to an interview in Generation Ecstasy: Into the World of Techno and Rave Culture by Simon Reynolds, Oakenfold was exposed to Balearic style clubs that mixed a wide variety of music. Inspired, he brought the style back to South London where he opened a club called the Funhouse. It failed. People couldn’t, or refused to accept such music in a place where they went to socialize, not necessarily to dance. He continued to spend time in Ibiza with his DJ friends for the next couple of years, but in 1987 something changed; ecstasy showed up on the scene. After a summer partying with his friends and the club drug, he brought the idea of a Balearic club back to South London, and this time, with the help of a drug that enhances one’s appreciation of music but also infamously breaks down mental barriers, the club succeeded. Over 20 years later lots has changed culturally, technologically, countless more DJs have entered the game, and the 48-year-old Oakenfold is now an icon of the culture. Don’t miss this chance to hear a founding father of the club scene when Factory Nightlife presents Paul Oakenfold at Rendezvous this Friday (March 16). —cory perla

10pm. Rendezvous, 107 Delaware Ave (853-3300/statlercity.com/rendezvous) $35.