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Welcome to the official Ski Oakenfull Website.
Ski is an Artist, Keyboard player, Producer, Remixer and Composer living in London. Having started his career with The K-Creative who were signed to Gilles Peterson's Talkin' Loud label in 1991, he went on to release two solo albums, Life Changes & Rising Son, play keyboards with bands such as Galliano, Raw Stylus & Two Banks of Four, remix over 50 tracks, and work at Xenomania. He currently releases music on his own label, Primaudial Records, plays live with The Bays, writes & produces with artists such as Incognito, Joey Negro, Valerie Etienne and newly signed artist Murray James. He has an Ambient Electronic project called Ayota, and also does a bit of DJing in his spare time. When Ski is not cranking out his own beats, he manages to find time to tutor and develop courses at Point Blank Music School. Please have a look around this site, and feel free to leave a message.

Ableton Live Remix Masterclass w/ Seamus Haji & Ski Oakenfull

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Seamus Haji and Ski Oakenfull break down a recent remix for UK rising star and former PB student Izzy Bizzu in Ableton Live.
Here's the original track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA_E6udchlM
Here's the remix: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/mad-behaviour-seamus-haji/id1083382648
I'm providing the screenshot pics of the chords & arrangement I used in the video for download.

New Ayota album OUT NOW!

Ski's new 14 track Ayota album was released on 7th September 2015 on Primaudial Records. Many of the tracks feature on a short film entitled 'Verona' which you can find out more about here: www.soliloquypictures.com

Gilles Peterson featured 'Hashya Melodies' as the first track on his Worldwide International.. check it out here:


Gilles Peterson - Worldwide International 983 - 05-Feb-2016 by Edmninja on Mixcloud

Buy/Listen now:
Ski's Record Shop
iTunes UK
Amazon UK
Beatport
Traxsource
Junodownload
Google Play
Spotify
Soundcloud

New Ayota album OUT NOW!

Stardust - Music Sounds Better With You (Ableton Push 2 Deconstruction)

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This is deconstruction of the seminal French house track by Thomas Bangalter, Alan Braxe and Benjamin Diamond which samples Chaka Khan's Fate. I enjoyed checking out the new filters in Live 9.5 as well as the slice mode.

Ableton Push 2: Sampling from vinyl

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Alongside my 'First Look' video, I also made this video which showcases the sampling capability of Push 2 and Live 9.5. You can check out the track I made here: https://soundcloud.com/skioakenfull/beastie-boys-sure-shot-ski-oakenfull...

Ableton Push 2: First Look

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I was really lucky to get my hands in Ableton Push 2 a week before release so I could make this video. The new waveform manipulation is amazing! It takes me back to the days of using an AKAI S3000 sampler.

How to Sing: Lorde - Royals with Valerie Etienne

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Check out this vocal tutorial I made with my long time compadre Valerie Etienne

Roots Manuva - Witness (1 Hope) Deconstruction in Ableton Live

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Here's another deconstruction. I love this track by Roots Manuva, originally released in 2001 on Big Dada Records. In the video I program the beat, and design the bass and arpeggio sample. There's also a little jam at the end with some vocals provided by fire_sign . Also check out the great Ninja Jamm app from Ninja Tunes.

New Ayota album released 7th September 2015

Ski's new 14 track Ayota album was released on 7th September 2015 on Primaudial Records. Many of the tracks feature on a short film entitled 'Verona' which you can find out more about here: www.soliloquypictures.com

Buy/Listen now:
Ski's Record Shop
iTunes UK
Amazon UK
Beatport
Traxsource
Junodownload
Google Play
Spotify

Meanwhile here are some previews!

Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne - Real Love Deconstruction in Ableton Live

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Here's another deconstruction. I chose this one as I was given it as a reference track for a writing session I did recently. I love Jess's vocals and think it's a great pop track. In the video I look at some basic music theory, recreate the main elements, focus on production techniques and a little bit of sound design too! Hope you like it.

Hold On

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Hold On - Bluey
From the album "Life Between The Notes"
2015 Dome Records Ltd

Written by Jean-Paul Maunick & Ski Oakenfull
Directed, Filmed and Edited by Manex Efrem
Assistant Director: Bluey
Dancer: Xena Gusthart @ HeadNod Talent Agency
Choreographer: Kendra Horsburgh @ HeadNod Talent Agency
Asst Choreographer: Kloé Dean @ HeadNod Talent Agency
Assistant Editors: Bluey & Kendra
Make Up Artist: Tiffany Humphreys
Studio Electrician: Max Gregory at The Camden Studio.
Bali Garuda Carvings by the one and only I Made Ada
Project co-ordinator: Takami
A Man-Blue Production