Intervention is the closest SoCal gets to the wild pool party scene in Las Vegas, from Wet Republic at MGM Grand to the original Rehab at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. The ladies rock stilettos and skimpy bikinis, the men sport Euro-style shorts and greased-up muscles, and the vibe is fueled by VIP bottle service in day bed lounges designated for the who’s who of the city. But of course, music is the heart of the event.
Trance DJ / producer Paul Oakenfold is kicking off the season this Sunday, April 15 at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. Veteran party-goers will remember that Oakenfold also headlined Intervention opening day in 2011 and 2010, and he most recently spun at Gaslamp Mardi Gras in February.
Oakenfold is a trance icon, boasting a career packed with acclaimed albums, electric live shows, and edgy scores for television programs and films, ranging from “Californication” to The Bourne Identity. As house and trance music began to invade the mainstream, Oakenfold remained top of mind, continuing to produce new tracks, collaborate with new artists and experiment with new platforms. Oakenfold is currently working on Pop Killer, a cross-genre project featuring Benny Benassi, Cee-Lo Green and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Catch up with Paul Oakenfold in this week’s Artist Spotlight.
Q. What tracks will you spin at Intervention Opening Day?
A: Whole bunch of great stuff that gets the crowd moving.
Q. Do you come prepared with a set, or wait to read the crowd?
A: Both but as the party moves along you may go off your prepared set depending on what’s going on.
Q. Here’s a party pic from you at Intervention last year. What were you thinking at that moment?
A: I was thinking how I need to get this mix really tight.
Q. Your take on the San Diego party crowd, in five words:
A: Fun, energetic, sexy, wild, passionate.
Q: Based on your experience, how does the Intervention scene compare to mega pool parties in Las Vegas?
A: San Diego is always a great party because it’s a day time party – people come to let loose and dance and it’s always a great time.
Q. Of all your songs, what mix do you dedicate to San Diego?
A: Southern Sun, because of the lyrics and the vibe of the track.
Q. What achievement are you most proud of in your career?
A: I know I have achieved a lot, I know that I have pushed barriers, but you don’t get into this business for that reason. I am happy to have been able to tour the world, make my own music and make the music of others via collaborations. Each experience for me is new and exciting even if I have done it before.
Q: What new projects and collaborations are you working on this summer?
A: I am touring a lot – working on my new album Pop Killer as well.
Q. When you're not working, what tracks are on your personal summer playlist?
A: I’ve been listening to a lot of scores from various different films.
Q. Tips for up-and-coming DJs and producers?
A: The DJ world is a hard working place to be in at the moment, but if you are going to enter into it, learn production, arrangement, structure, practice a lot and believe in yourself.
Intervention pool parties take over the Hard Rock Hotel every Sunday through summer, starting April 15. More big names coming to town include Paul Van Dyk, Cosmic Gate, Roger Sanchez and Donald Glaude, leading up to a Memorial Day bash with talent TBD. Hard Rock offers Intervention room packages with VIP entrance for two, luxury accommodation and access to amenities. Learn more at hardrockhotelsd.com.
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Intervention photos by Jeff Corrigan courtesy of Hard Rock Hotel San Diego