Life Changes with Soul Vibrations
Growing up in a small village in Kent, it all started for Ski when, aged 7, the Sinclair ZX81 that his Dad had ordered from a Sunday Colour supplement arrived on his doorstep. After a few weeks Ski had mastered enough 'Basic' to make it buzz at 2 different frequencies, and so his journey into electronic music began.
His early fascination with music was encouraged by his first Piano teacher 'Mrs Abe' with whom he had started lessons the year before taking Ski to see concerts of Japanese traditional music and giving him lead parts in school plays, she helped develop his taste for performance.
Fast forward 11 years, and Ski finds himself trying to juggle a Computer Science Degree with his commitments to the band he had formed at school, known as 'The K-Creative'. Heavily influenced by the early Hip Hop & House of the late 80's, and Funk & Jazz of the 70's, the band were brought to the attention of Gilles Peterson's Talkin' Loud label, who promptly signed them. Ski was forced into making the very easy decision to leave the world of 'Pascal' & 'Fortran' behind, and start touring the world.
Maybe due to the fact that they were living together 'Monkees-style' in the same house, or that they were dropped from Talkin' Loud after a year, The K-Creative soon went their separate ways. Ski continued his journey however, playing with bands such as Raw Stylus & Galliano, and jamming Fender Rhodes at various club nights. Heavily influenced by keyboard giants such as Herbie Hancock & Joe Zawinal, it was at this time that he also found his own creative voice, releasing his first House-influenced 12" on Dr Bob Jones' label, Black On Black.
Ski subsequently went on to become a full time remixer, producer, writer & keyboard player for artists such as Incognito, Dave Lee (Joey Negro), Valerie Etienne, Two Banks of Four, Rose Smith & Earl Zinger, as well as releasing 2 solo albums, Life Changes & Rising Son.
In 2007, Ski 's friend and long time collaborator Simon Palmskin asked him if he'd like to fill in for the mighty Jimpster playing keys with The Bays.. Slightly intimidated, Ski agreed and to his surprise was asked back..
Ski is currently keeping himself busy running his own label, Primaudial Records, releasing his own music in the guises of Ski Oakenfull & Ayota, and developing a course for Point Blank Online Music College entitled 'Electronic Music Composition'
... oh yeah, and learning Japanese so he can live there one day which will probably never happen.
nice one Dan... have been meaning to study this for ages!
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Hey Danny... great video.. many thanks!
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