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. He has an Ambient Electronic project called Ayota, and also does a bit of DJing in his spare time. Alongside his production work, Ski holds the position of Head of Education & Development at Point Blank Music School where he writes courses in electronic music for their BA (Hons) degree programmes. He has also made over a hundred videos for the school's YouTube channel which have racked up over six million views.. Please have a look around this site, and feel free to leave a message.

Plugin of the Week: TAL-U-NO-LX

Plugin of the Week: TAL-U-NO-LX

Taken from a Facebook Live stream, Ski Oakenfull and Declan McGlynn discuss TAL's impressive U-NO-LX Juno-60 emulation along with the Sound Force SFC-60 controller. Make sure you head over to our Facebook page for more live streams:

You can download the Yazoo presets mentioned in the video here:
https://www.skioakenfull.com/sounds/yazoo_dont_go_tal_u_no_lx_presets

I'm also attaching the pad sound preset after someone asked for it :)

Better Days

Featuring: 
Vula Malinga
Better Days feat. Vula Malinga
This is a track I co-wrote and produced from the new Incognito album 'In Search of better Days'. You can listen here:

or buy here:
Buy on iTunes

IMS College Malta 2016

Confirmed names due play at this stage include Radio 1's Pete Tong, Diynamic boss Solomun and internationally renowned DJ and Saved label head Nic Fanciulli.
There will also be practical sessions and workshops, including music production focus sessions.

Point Blank will be bringing the musical expertise of lead course developer Ski Oakenfull to IMS College Malta with Ski hosting a special deconstruction masterclass in Ableton Live.
In this session, Ski will break down the musical sounds and techniques used in a recent classic dance track – previously he's broken down tracks from the likes of Kraftwerk, Moderat, Caribou, Disclosure and many more.

Point Blank will also be hosting Ableton masterclass sessions with producer and Point Blank instructor Stefano Ritteri, who is best known for his releases on Defected, Exploited and Dirtybird, together with artist panels and masterclasses hosted by Point Blank's own Declan McGlynn.

Date: 
Friday, July 1, 2016
IMS College Malta 2016

Ableton Live Remix Masterclass w/ Seamus Haji & Ski Oakenfull

Ableton Live Remix Masterclass w/ Seamus Haji & Ski Oakenfull

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

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

Floating Worlds - Ayota

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

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

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

Ableton Push 2: Sampling from vinyl

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

Ableton Push 2: First Look

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

How to Sing: Lorde - Royals with Valerie Etienne

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

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

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

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.