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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.

Ayota - Sōnen EP Out Now!

Ayota - Sōnen EP was released on Friday 29th April on Primaudial Records. An EP comprising 5 tracks of Japanese influenced Electronic Ambience.. Here are some other links to purchase & preview: Primaudial Records: http://www.primaudialrecords.com/releases/prim_010_ayota_sonen_ep Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/skioakenfull/sets/ayota-sonen-ep/ Buy at Traxsource: http://www.traxsource.com/index.php?act=show&fc=tpage&cr=titles&cv=89523 Buy at Juno Download: http://www.junodownload.com/products/sonen-ep/1727702-02/
Sonen on iTunes

'Let Me Be' feat Amp Fiddler included in iTunes Nu Jazz Essentials Compilation

A track from my Rising Son LP, 'Let Me Be' has been included by Nick Luscombe in an iTunes Nu Jazz Essentials Compilation. Its a great selection and costs £19.75 to buy all the songs. Click the link below to go check it out! http://itunes.apple.com/gb/playlist/the-basics/id428555270?wm=1
Nu Jazz Essentials
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Musicity Live at The Architecture Foundation

On Tuesday 19th April 2011 at The Architecture Foundation on Tooley St in London, Ski Oakenfull and Palm Skin Productions will be performing a live set featuring reconstructed versions of all seven Musicity tracks with special visuals created especially for the night, alongside a DJ set from Nick Luscombe. You can find more info on this special event here: http://www.architecturefoundation.org.uk/programme/2011/musicity Please check out a short excerpt below from the track I contributed to the project..
Musicity Flyer
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Worldwide Maida Vale Session Footage

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A session commissioned by Gilles Peterson for his Radio 1 Worldwide show, recorded at the world famous 'Maida Vale' studios on Saturday 21st Jan 2006. Ski gathered together an amazing band featuring ....
Shawn Lee - Drums
Jeremy Shaw - Guitar & Keys
Robin Mullarkey - Bass
Spry - Percussion
Noel McKoy, Earl Zinger, Valerie Etienne - Vocals
Following a great show at Cargo, London a few months before, Ski selected 2 tracks from his 'Rising Son' album as well as the Bobby Cole classic 'A Perfect Day' and also the now legendary 'New Orleans Under Attack'.

Ayota Release EP in Aid of Japanese Red Cross Tsunami Appeal

RELEASE DATE: 29th April 2011 Ayota - Sōnen EP PRIM-010EP Japan is a very special place for me, where I have had some incredible experiences and been truly inspired by the people and culture. I have some very dear friends and close family from various parts of the country, so when I saw the shocking images of the Earthquake and Tsunami over a week ago, I was horrified. It was hard to imagine such a beautiful place being destroyed in such a short space of time. So in light of this event, Primaudial Records are releasing an EP from my Ambient Electronic project Ayota, featuring two brand new tracks. All proceeds of this release will go directly to the Japan Red Cross Tsunami Appeal. You can purchase the EP NOW from Ski's Record Shop, or wait until 29 April 2011 to buy from iTunes, Traxsource, Beatport etc. If you would like to review or play these tracks in advance of the release date, please contact the label giving full details. Ayota - Sōnen EP by Ski Oakenfull

Ayota - Hitotsu played on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction

On 15th Feb 2011 Nick Luscombe began another fortnight in the Late Junction chair and featured the track 'Hitotsu' from my Ayota 'Helicopter Cuts' Album. You can check out the whole show here on iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00yhs52 For more info on 'Helicopter Cuts' please go here: http://www.skioakenfull.com/discography/ayota/helicopter_cuts
Ayota - Hitotsu played on BBC Radio 3 Late Junction
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Ayota playing at Spitalfields Summer Music Festival

A night of live electronic music and visuals hosted by DJ and broadcaster Nick Luscombe (BBC Radio 3 Late Junction/Flomotion). Featuring performances from intergalactic synthesiser duo The Simonsound, the dubstep/Detroit House/ambient stylings of Subeena as well as Ski Oakenfull's project Ayota, with a special live audio visual performance that incorporates elements of time and sound shifting formed during Ski's extensive travels to Japan. Nick will be interviewing the musicians as well as providing DJs sets throughout the evening.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Ayota playing at Spitalfields Summer Music Festival

Help Me Cover Version

Here's an unreleased track I found recently. I did it with Valerie Etienne around 1999 when we were working on her 'For What It Is' album...

NRJ Radio Broadcast : Ski Live at Electro Deluxe - Le Fish Club in Lyon

I've just unearthed a gig I did on 6th October 2000 in France as part of my promotional tour for the 'Life Changes' album. The gig was at a club called 'Le Fish' which was basically a boat on the river in Lyon The night was called 'Electro Deluxe' and it was broadcast live on NRJ Radio.. I've uploaded some photos of the gig here. The band consisted of a 'power trio'... Jim Carmichael - Drums Francis Hylton - Bass Ski Oakenfull - Keys & Vocals I have created a page now for all 6 tracks: http://www.skioakenfull.com/audio/nrj_radio_broadcast_ski_live_at_electr... here is a sampler.. The track is called 'Undercover'
NRJ Radio Broadcast : Ski Live at Electro Deluxe - Le Fish Club in Lyon
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Musicity London

I have recently been commissioned alongside six other artists to compose a piece of music in response to a building, location or aspect of London that inspired me. I chose the BT Tower. The idea is that you can visit these locations at specific times to exclusively hear and download the tracks through the Musicity App which will be available soon. The project will be 'live' from October 1st. Meanwhile you can visit these links to get more information: Musicity Website: http://musicity.info/ Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Musicity-London/153027054720509 Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MusicityLondon Musicity London is part of The Story Of London Festival that runs 01.10.10 – 10.10.10
Musicity London