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.

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

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

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

Hold On

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

Rising Son [Double Vinyl Promo]

£12.00
Rising Son [Double Vinyl Promo]
Artist: 
Ski Oakenfull
Company: 
BBE
Catalogue Nº: 
BBELP060
Released: 
18 July, 2005
£12.00

Rare Promo Double Vinyl pack - Original pressing!

For Ski's second album 'Rising Son' in 2005, he teamed up with Bluey and DJ Venom to produce an intoxicating blend of classic Old skool house to Nu skool soul and uplifting funktronica. It features Amp Fiddler on 2 cuts, Chi Turner on 3 cuts, Tony Momrelle and Earl Zinger and Valerie Etienne. It was initially released in Japan on Pony Canyon and later worldwide on BBE. Receiving support across the board from Gilles Peterson to Jeremy Newell to Deli-G, the album managed to keep both House and Jazz heads in the Loop!...

Disc 1
Side A
Let Me Be featuring Amp Fiddler
A State Of Grace

Side B
So Beautiful featuring Chi Turner
Hang On featuring Amp Filddler

Disc 2
Side A
Heavenly featuring Chi Turner
Let It Ride featuring Tony Momrelle

Side B
Zodiac
Space Gun featuring Earl Zinger & Valerie Etienne


Rising Son [Double Vinyl]

£12.00
Rising Son [Double Vinyl]
Artist: 
Ski Oakenfull
Company: 
BBE
Catalogue Nº: 
BBELP060
Released: 
18 July, 2005
£12.00

Double Vinyl pack - Original pressing!
For Ski's second album 'Rising Son' in 2005, he teamed up with Bluey and DJ Venom to produce an intoxicating blend of classic Old skool house to Nu skool soul and uplifting funktronica. It features Amp Fiddler on 2 cuts, Chi Turner on 3 cuts, Tony Momrelle and Earl Zinger and Valerie Etienne. It was initially released in Japan on Pony Canyon and later worldwide on BBE. Receiving support across the board from Gilles Peterson to Jeremy Newell to Deli-G, the album managed to keep both House and Jazz heads in the Loop!...


Undercover [12" Vinyl]

£6.00
Undercover [12" Vinyl]
Artist: 
Ski Oakenfull
Company: 
Columbia
Catalogue Nº: 
COL 6695177
Released: 
20 September, 2000
£6.00

Original Vinyl 12" Single now available (only 3 left in stock!)
This was the second single from Ski Oakenfull's debut album Life Changes, it features Ski on vocals. A deep soulful house groove with a hypnotic bassline, this track came out in 2000 just after the first single Fifths. It features a wonderful deep house remix from the legendary Silicon Soul boys and also a more funky 2 step mix from The Phunk Master.

Tracklisting:
A01 Original Mix
A02 Silicone Soul's U Can Run Mix
B01 The Phunk Master Mix

We're also chucking in all the tracks as free mp3 downloads!


Fifths [12" Vinyl]

£6.00
Fifths [12" Vinyl]
Artist: 
Ski Oakenfull
Company: 
Columbia
Catalogue Nº: 
COL 669317
Released: 
27 November, 2000
£6.00

Original Vinyl 12" Single now available (only 4 left in stock!)
This was the first single to be released from Ski's 'Life Changes' album, and features Jazzanova's wonderful '6 Sickht Mix'

Tracklisting:
01 Original Mix 4'42"
02 Jazzanova 6 Sickht Mix 8'00"

You can check the video for this track here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yX3XPtQM5wY

We're also chucking in both tracks as free mp3 downloads!


Ableton Deconstruction: Herbie Hancock - Chameleon (FFL!)

Ableton Deconstruction: Herbie Hancock - Chameleon (FFL!)

For this FFL! on May 8th 2015, Ski Oakenfull and EMC instructor Tom O'Grady deconstruct the classic 'Chameleon' by Herbie Hancock using Ableton Live.

Shop 'n' Chop (Sampling Tutorial in Ableton Live)

Shop 'n' Chop (Sampling Tutorial in Ableton Live)

I was set the challenge of creating a track entirely from hand-picked samples taken from vinyl.

Check out my sampling and beat-making process in the resulting video episode, Shop 'n' Chop!

Big thanks to Vinyl Pimp in Hackney Wick, East London :: http://www.vinylpimp.co.uk

Bluey's new album 'Life between the notes'

I've contributed two tracks to Bluey's second solo album 'Life between the notes' which is due out soon on Dome Records (UK and the world), Shanachie (USA), P-Vine (Japan). The track titles are "Hold On" and "I'm Only Here To Remind You". You can find out more from the Dome website here: http://www.domerecords.co.uk/latest-releases/bluey-life-between-the-notes/
Check out a preview of the track 'Hold On' (which is going to be a single) below!

Bluey - Life Between The Notes
Click play to listen: 

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