BRITISH DJ/PRODUCER PAUL OAKENFOLD BLAST BRITISH MEDIA FOR LYING ABOUT RUSSIA DURING FIFA WORLD CUP
Grammy nominated, British record producer and DJ, Paul Oakenfold interviews with Sputnik International to talk about his fantastic experience visiting the different cities in Russia during the FIFA World Cup, if the festivities being held in Russia changed people’s perception of Russia, his feeling about British media publishing anti-World Cup articles, remixing Russian songs, and more.
FYI: Although Paul had no horse in this game because Croatia beat England, he was still impressed with the France vs Croatia game.
Read an excerpt of the interview below.
Sputnik: You have DJ-ed at fan fests in a number of Russian World Cup host cities, as well as visited some games. Obviously you have visited Moscow before, but what about the other Russian cities you visited this time? What were your impressions of these cities?
Paul Oakenfold: The overall impression of me going to many cities in Russia has been fantastic. I’ve been to five World Cups; it’s been fantastic. The Russian people have been very welcoming, very friendly. The games have been great. The weather has been fantastic. So to come here and travel all over Russia has been, for me, delightful.
Sputnik: Do you think this championship actually changed the perception of Russia in the world?
Paul Oakenfold: Yes. Absolutely yes. The eyes of the world look at Russia and everything has been great: the games, the promotion; the stadiums are all brand-new, there is no violence; the people have been very friendly. I think it’s been wonderful.
Sputnik: You’ve just watched the final. How was it? Did you cheer for France?
Paul Oakenfold: Fantastic. It was wonderful to go to the World Cup final. No, I didn’t cheer for France. It’s very difficult, because I didn’t cheer for France and Croatia beat England. So, it was a good game, six goals in a final of the World Cup is amazing. No extra time. It was a good game.
Sputnik: In the wake of the significant deterioration in Russia-UK relations, British media published numerous anti-World Cup articles trying to dissuade fans from coming to Russia. Has this somehow affected you and your work?
Paul Oakenfold: Yeah, I didn’t like that. I thought it was terrible the way the British media painted the picture of Russia, of the government. The way they acted, it was not respectful, considering it wasn’t true. I was here for two weeks and what the British media was saying is not true. It’s not cool.
Sputnik: Do you have friends among Russian musicians?
Paul Oakenfold: I have a few friends working music in Russia.
Sputnik: Do you listen to any modern Russian bands or DJs? Swanky Tunes, for instance?
Paul Oakenfold: Yes, Swanky Tunes, Pavel DJ Korean. I like a few Russian DJs.
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