There are few things in this world that will give me actual cool status and interviewing Paul Oakenfold for my podcast is definitely at the top of the list. For those unaware, he has been an influential part of the electronic music scene since the 80’s where he eventually earned the nickname “Perfecto.” He has worked with just about every major artist and band from U2 and Justin Timberlake to Ice Cube and The Rolling Stones. And after this interview I’m fairly certain we are going to be friends for life. So yeah, cool status achieved.
So why on earth is this legendary EDM pioneer and music icon on my podcast? Good question. I have to thank my friends at LA Travel Magazine for connecting us at their recent Taste of the World event at Madame Tussauds in Hollywood. Paul was making an appearance at the event to showcase his new tequila, Perfectomundo. He’s invited me to try it and I have to admit that makes me nervous. Tequila is a bit of a truth serum for me. I start getting super honest with people when I’m drinking tequila. No holds barred. So that should be a fun tasting! I’ll keep you posted if this actually happens because that will be a fun night.
He tells me he recently took Perfectomundo Blanco to the top of Mt. Everest to raise money for Nepal earthquake victims. I love it when celebrities give back and think of creative ways to help others. Since Paul is from London, I had to ask him about the recent terrorist attacks that seem to be plaguing England. He tells me that London has been through far worse than what these terrorist are doing. I could tell he felt strongly that the Brits are resilient and they will not be swayed by terrorists.
We also talked about his worldwide tour “Generations.” He says fans can expect a mixture of new and old style electronica. In my mind, I’m imagining a 3-hour long dance party with sweaty club kids, which of course sounds amazing! Honestly after chatting with Paul I realized we should be friends. He loves music, I love music. He’s British, I love British people. We both look dope in sunglasses. If that’s not the making of a lifelong friendship I don’t know what is. Bring on the Perfecto Perfectomundo!