Paul Oakenfold was born on 30 August 1963 in Greenhithe, Kent (UK). His music career started in the late Seventies, when he started playing soul music in a Covent Garden wine bar. In 1984 he spent several months in New York City, where he got acquainted with hip hop music.
In 1985 he celebrated his birthday by going to Ibiza for a week. Trevor Fung, Nicky Holloway, Ian Saint Paul, Danny Rampling and Johnny Walker accompanied him and it was during this time when playing at Amnesia that Oakenfold demonstrated the balearic trance sound that he would later become known for. By the end of the Eighties, Oakenfold had started Perfecto Records and had gotten into remixing tracks for Massive Attack and the Happy Mondays.
His biggest success came in 1992, when he remixed U2's 'Even Better Than the Real Thing'. This dance version of the track reached the chart in several countries. His career as a DJ and remixer has been very successful ever since.