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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.

Deconstruction: DJ Shadow - Mutual Slump @ Sonar +D, Barcelona

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I was so happy to be invited back to Sonar this year to do a presentation. In honour of DJ Shadow who was one of the headliners, I chose to deconstruct 'Mutual Slump' from his classic album 'Endtroducing'.

I'd like to give a massive shout out to one of my favourite podcasts, Song Exploder for providing the inspiration for this deconstruction.

Ableton Live Deconstruction: Jamiroquai - Automaton at IMS College Malta

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I really enjoyed heading out to Malta again this summer for IMS where I presented this deconstruction of Jamiroquai's 'Automaton'.

LIFE Exhibition

I've been commissioned by Nick Luscombe (Radio 3 Late Junction) to write a 20 minute piece for a photographic exhibition at Christie's, London taking place between the 11th - 14th September 2017. The event is for the charity Maggie's.

The piece actually comprises of four separate compositions, one for each room of the gallery, and it will be delivered in surround sound courtesy of Steve Hellier (Death in Vegas). I'm also collaborating with violinist Midori Komachi.

You can listen to a quick preview of the music here

Date: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
LIFE Exhibition

Ableton Loop 2017

I'll be doing two presentations, details of which will be announced very soon.
Meanwhile, here's the blurb from the website:

Ski is an accomplished keyboard player, artist, producer, remixer and composer whose work credits include Joey Negro, Incognito, Gilles Peterson, Galliano and the Bays.
As a result, Ski brings a high level of musicianship, technical ability and music industry experience to his role heading up course development at award-winning Point Blank Music School, where his stellar work includes developing the BA (Hons) Music Production & Sound Engineering degree which is taught in the London and online schools. 

Whilst developing the groundbreaking Electronic Music Composition online module, Ski patented a unique ‘Deconstruction’ teaching method, a fascinating way of breaking down great classic and current tracks into their constituent parts to show how the beats, melodies and arrangement were put together. This method provides a uniquely soft approach to learning important elements of music theory and has proved highly popular with Point Blank’s aspiring producer/composers, and Ski has since taken the format to industry events worldwide including Sonar, ADE and IMS Ibiza, giving insights into hundreds of tracks for students to enjoy and learn from.

Date: 
Friday, November 10, 2017
Ableton Loop 2017

IMS College Malta 2017 Masterclass

I'm looking forward to visiting IMS Malta again this year where I'll be deconstructing Jamiroquai’s recent hit ‘Automaton’.
What's more, I've got five passes to give away, so get in touch if you're interested. You'll have to make your own way to Malta though!
https://www.facebook.com/IMSCollegeOfficial - @IMSCollegeOfficial
https://www.instagram.com/imscollege - @imscollege
https://twitter.com/imscollege - @imscollege

Date: 
Friday, July 7, 2017
IMS College Malta 2017 Masterclass

Sonar 2017 Point Blank Deconstruction Masterclass

I'm looking forward to hitting Barcelona for Sonar 2017 on Thursday 15th June! Check out the blurb below..

Point Blank presents ‘Deconstruction Masterclass‘ at Sónar+D, a session in which a hit will be dissected in order to analyse its elements: sounds, effects, structure and techniques used while producing. The song selected for this workshop will be 'Mutual Slump' by DJ Shadow.

This masterclass will be given by Point Blank Lead Course Developer Ski Oakenfull. Active in the electronic music scene since 1991, Oakenfull has been keyboardist, producer and remixer for bands and musicians such as Galliano, Incognito, Jakatta and many others.

Date: 
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Sonar 2017 Point Blank Deconstruction Masterclass

Communicate

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I've co-written and produced this track for Moya Morris, out now on Splash Blue Recordings.
Video directed by Bluey Maunick
Look out for the album dropping soon!
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/full-of-it-communicate-single/id123145...
http://www.splashmusicproductions.com

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #7 with Tomokazu Hayashi - YMO Special Vol. 4 - Early works of Yukihiro Takahashi

Date: 
22 April, 2017

I've just come back from a short trip to Japan, and while I was there I was lucky enough to hook up with my good friend Tomo san to record another radio show! This time we look at the early work of YMO drummer Yukihiro Takahashi. I hope you enjoy the selection.
The show was recorded on Saturday 8th April 2017

1. YMO - 1000 Knives (Live in Greek Theatre 1979) (1997)
2. Sadistic Mika Band - Silver Child (1973)
3. YMO - Tighten Up (Japanese Gentleman Standup Please!) (1980)
4. Yukihiro Takahashi - Saravah! (1978)
5. Yukihiro Takahashi - Mood Indigo (1978)
6. Yukihiro Takahashi - Stop in the Name of Love (1980)
7. YMO - Day Tripper (1979)
8. YMO - La Femme Chinoise (1978)
9. YMO - Cue (1981)
10. Yukihiro Takahashi - Glass (1981)
11. Yukihiro Takahashi - Disposable Love (1981)
12. Yukihiro Takahashi & Steve Jansen - Stay Close (Weirder World) (1986)

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #6 with Jeremy Shaw - Steely Dan Special

Date: 
10 April, 2017

I first met Jeremy back in in the early 90's through our work with the band Raw Stylus, and if there was one common musical influence that captured the excitement of those formative years it would be Steely Dan. Join us as we play through some key Steely Dan tracks and explore some lesser known gems too.

Here's the full tracklist:

1. Caves of Altamira - Steely Dan (1976)
2. Soul Ram - Steely Dan (1968)
3. Razor Boy - Steely Dan (1973)
4. Night by Night - Steely Dan (1974)
5. Bad Sneakers - Steely Dan (1975)
6. 37 Hours - Raw Stylus (1996)
7. Green Earrings - The Woody Herman Band (1978)
8. Black Cow - Steely Dan (1977)
9. Stand by the Sea Wall - Steely Dan (1977)
10. Glamour Profession - Steely Dan (1980)
11. Second Arrangement - Jeremy Shaw (2016)
12. I.G.Y - Donald Fagen (1982)
13. Almost Gothic - Steely Dan (2000)
14. Slinky Thing - Donald Fagen (2012)
15. Surfing on the Sun - Norwegian Fords (2010)
16. Third World Man - Steely Dan (1980)