ski
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.

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)

Point Blank Presents: Creative Sampling and Production Sessions

On Sunday 19th March Point Blank will be opening their doors for a very special ‘Point Blank Presents’ event at their London studios, in collaboration with Ableton and Brownswood Recordings. They have lined up some insightful sessions with some exceptional guests coming down to host seminars and track breakdowns, focusing on creative sampling and production. Spaces are limited so RSVP via the Eventbrite page to reserve your free place.

Ski will be doing a live masterclass where he'll demonstrate how to create a track entirely from samples taken from Brownswood Recordings vinyl.

Date: 
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Point Blank Presents: Creative Sampling and Production Sessions

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #5 with Tom O'Grady (Resolution 88) - Undercover Herbie Hancock

Date: 
22 January, 2017

I was so happy to hook up with my friend and fellow Herbie Hancock fan Tom O’Grady to indulge in over two and half hours of Herbie related music plucked from his personal vinyl collection. Tom and I first met when we played keyboards together in Kirk DeGeorgio’s band ‘The Beauty Room’, and have stayed in close contact ever since.
Most recently we filmed a live deconstruction of ‘Chameleon’ for Point Blank Music School which you can check here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIR1O...


I hope you enjoy this selection as much as I did!

You can find out more about Tom’s amazing band Resolution 88 here:


http://www.resolution88.com/


https://resolution88.bandcamp.com/

Here's the full tracklist:

1. Caughtus Interruptus - Resolution 88 (2014)
2. Triaxial Development - Ponta Murakami / Jun Fukamachi (1976)
3. Butterfly - Peter Herbolzheimer (1976)
4. Amoroso - Eddie Henderson (1978)
5. Chameleon (Quadraphonic version) - Herbie Hancock (1974)
6. Song about the sun - Victoria (1971)
7. E.B.F.S. - Roger Glenn (1976)
8. Tales from home (Lendas) - Airto (1975)
9. Three Four or More - Resolution 88 (2016)
10. Main Title (Actual Proof) - Herbie Hancock (1973)
11. Chainey Do - Pointer Sisters (1975)
12. Black Pearl - Tatsuya Takahashi (1980)
13. Maiden Voyage - Sharon Redd, Ula Hedwig & Charlotte Crossley Formerly of the Harlettes (1978)
14. Golden Hours - Santana (1980)
15. Gentle Thoughts - Lee Ritenour (1977)
16. Hornets (take 2) - Herbie Hancock / Freddie Hubbard / Stanley Turrentine / Ron Carter / Jack DeJohnette / Eric Gale (1974)
17. Basic Laws - Miroslav Vitous (1976)
18. Phantom of the Oberheim - Resolution 88 (2016)

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #4 with Valerie Etienne - Disco Special

Date: 
30 December, 2016

Enjoy over an hour of Disco indulgence with the one and only Valerie Etienne. I first met Val in 1994 when I joined the band Galliano to play keyboards, and we have maintained a close working relationship ever since. I set up my mobile studio in Val's kitchen and recorded this show on the 29th December 2016. You will notice several references to the Port she served throughout the show.
Happy New Year!

Thank you to Val for choosing so many great tracks!

Here's the full tracklist:

1. Check out the Groove 12” - Bobby Thurston (1980)
2. Runaway love - Linda Clifford (1978)
3. Can’t fake the feeling - Geraldine Hunt (1981)
4. Bourgie bourgie - Ashford & Simpson (1977)
5. Is it love you’re after - Rose Royce (1979)
6. Last Dance 12” - Donna Summer (1979)
7. The Boss - Dianna Ross (1979)
8. Watch Out - Brandi Wells (1981)
9. Love the feeling - Leroy Hutson (1976)
10. You know How - Phyllis Hyman (1979)
11. Outside - George Michael (1998)
12. Misunderstanding - Valerie Etienne (1999)
13. Sweet power your embrace - James Mason (1977)

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #3 with Tomokazu Hayashi - YMO Special Vol. 3 - Haruomi Hosono in the 2010's

Date: 
24 December, 2016

Hosono in the 2010’s – Roots music meets Techno

I am so happy to welcome back Tomokazu Hayashi for a second show! For this one, Tomo introduces Haruomi Hosono’s recent musical development.
After having expanded on experimental and electronic musics such as Techno and Ambient in the 1980s and 90s, Hosono then drastically turned his head to roots and standard popular music from which he drew his deepest influence and was his musical foundation.
Hopefully you will find some astonishing encounters between roots music and techno!

Thank you to Tomo for his extensive research, words and artwork.

Here's the full tracklist:

I. Intro

1. Hosono. ‘Kanashimi no Lucky Star’ (2011)
2. Hosono with Ann Sally. ‘Smile’ (2009)
3. Hosono. ‘Close To You’ (2015)
4. Hosono with Mitsuko Koike. ‘Only You’ (2007)

II. Hosono revisits Film Music

5. Alain Romans. ‘Mon Oncle’ (Film soundtrack. dir. Jacques Tati) (1958)
6. Nino Rota. ‘La Dolce Vita’ (Film soundtrack. dir. Federico Fellini) (1960)
7. Hosono. ‘Cadillac’ (2010)
8. Dolores Del Rio. ‘Ramona’ (1928)
9. Hosono. ‘Ramona’ (2011)

III. Hosono revisits Country and Western

10. Margaret Whiting. ‘Good Morning Mr. Echo’ (1951)
11. Swing Slow (Hosono & Miharu Koshi). ‘Good Morning Mr. Echo’ (1996)
12. Al Dexter. ‘Pistol Packing Mama’ (1942)
13. Bing Crosby. ‘Pistol Packing Mama’ (1943)
14. Hosono. ‘Pistol Packing Mama’ (2007)
15. Willy & Ruth. ‘Love Me’ (1954)
16. Elvis Presley. ‘Love Me’ (1956)
17. Hosono. ‘Love Me’ (2011)
18. Hosono. ‘Sports Men’ (1982)
19. Hosono. ‘Sports Men’ (2007)
20. Hosono. ‘Body Snatchers’ (1984)
21. Hosono. ‘Body Snatchers’ (2007)

IV. Hosono revisits his contemporaries

22. Bob Dylan. ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece’ (1971)
23. The Band. ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece’ (1971)
24. Hosono. ‘When I Paint My Masterpiece’ (2013)
25. Kraftwerk. ‘Radio Activity’ (1975)
26. Hosono. ‘Radio Activity’ (2013)
27. Hosono. ‘All La Glory’ (2013)

Band Aid - 'Do They Know It's Christmas': Ableton Live Deconstruction (Christmas FFL!)

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Happy Christmas!
This went out as a live stream at Point Blank on Friday 16th December 2016.
You can download the project here: http://ow.ly/WChH307cgXZ

Ski Oakenfull Radio Show #2 - YMO Special Vol. 2 - Undercover YMO

Date: 
24 November, 2016

This show features a mix of some of my favourite YMO tracks together with solo releases from the three YMO members, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Harumoni Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi. There are also a few cover versions as well!
Here's the playlist:

Haruomi Hosono - Heliotherapy (1996)
YMO - Light in darkness (1981)
Haruomi Hosono - Gaplus (1984)
Señor coconut - Rydeen (2006)
Cornelius - Cue (2007)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Riot in Lagos (2009)
Yukihiro Takahasi - Connection (1981)
Todd Terje and the Olsens - Firecracker (2016)
Haruomi Hosono Close to you (2013)
Haruomi Hosono - Rose and beast (1973)
Sadistic Mika Band - Silver Child (1973)
Ryuichi Sakamoto - Seed & The Sower (1983)
YMO - 1000 Knives (1981)
Maxence Cyrin - La Femme Chinoise (2009)
Haruomi Hosono & Tadanori Yokoo - Hepatitus (1978)
Sketch Show - Ekot (2003)
Haruomi Hosono - In Limbo (1982)
Haruomi Hosono - Hurricane Dorothy (1975)

Factual error alert!
In the podcast I said '1000 Knives' is from the YMO album 'Technodelic'. It's actually from 'BGM'. Apologies.