With a Successful Label, Nonstop DJ Gigs & Music Productions for U2 and Madonna,
CWW Lifetime Member Paul Oakenfold is a Top Music Industry Tastemaker
Anyone who has witnessed Paul Oakenfold in action has experienced the talents of a top-notch celebrity DJ. He has discerning ears, precise technical skills and the wisdom that only comes from having spent more than two decades manning the decks. Additionally, Paul has captured the imaginations of many through his release of numerous successful singles, remixes, DJ mix compilations and film scores.
Early in his life Paul became inspired by his father, who was also a musician. He started out spinning 70s funk and soul records. Just before he achieved fame as a DJ, he trained extensively as a chef. In fact, Paul is a graduate of the Westminster Technical Culinary Institute and a certified specialist in French cuisine. Fast forward to early 2011, he confused patrons at The Palms Casino & Resort in Las Vegas — where he DJs regularly — as he also served as guest chef at Nove Italiano alongside Geno Bernardo.
Two life-altering experiences pushed Paul down the path to certain success. The first was his stint as an A&R agent for London-based Champion Records, which provided him with the opportunity to sign powerhouse acts such as DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, and Salt-n-Pepa. At around the same time, he acted as a representing agent to the Beastie Boys and Run D.M.C. By bringing hip-hop across the pond, Paul helped to drastically alter the region’s musical climate.
In 1987, years before electronic dance music became a global, mainstream phenomenon, Paul took a trip to Ibiza and visited the island’s staple nightclubs including Amnesia, where he experienced the music on a large scale. The genre was simply known as Balaeric style, which spoke more about the music’s origins on the Balearic Islands than anything else. The following year, Paul started his own imprint, Perfecto Records. The label has since released a string of hugely successful singles, including “Southern Sun,” “Starry Eyed Surprise” and “Not Over Yet.”
In the past 20 years, Paul’s relevance has not waned. A Cambridge Who’s Who lifetime member since spring of 2011, he continues to amaze crowds with his eclectic blend of lush trance, breaks and progressive house. In 2008, he took the stage alternating with fellow acts Robyn, Benny Bennassi and Bob Sinclar, opening for Madonna on her Sticky and Sweet tour.
With all things considered, not many have attained the commercial success that Paul Oakenfold has. He attributes his achievement to his hard work, dedication and keen understanding of his trade. It is this comprehension that stems from his years on the inside, maneuvering through an industry that is infamous for its elitist nature.
For the past three years, Paul has firmly replanted his club DJ roots with Planet Perfecto, his residency at Rain Nightclub Las Vegas at The Palms. The intricate show boasts 75 circus performers, and a powerful audiovisual show with special effects. Each engagement draws crowds of 3,000 in search of an unforgettable experience.
Paul, who has earned two Grammy nominations for his musical works, has also ventured into film scoring. He has provided original scores for big motion picture productions including “Nobel Son,” “Collateral,” “Swordfish,” “The Matrix Reloaded,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “Die Another Day,” “Planet Of The Apes,” “The Bourne Identity” and “Shrek II.” He is a member of PRS for Music, BMI and the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Upcoming, he will release an all-new artist album. Titled “Pop Killer,” the full-length will feature guest appearances from the likes of big talent including The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Gnarls Barkley, OneRepublic and B.O.B.
Learn all about Paul Oakenfold by visiting his website: http://www.pauloakenfold.com/.
Honeoye Falls, NY…April 2, 2007–Melissa Sweitzer, Professional Engineer/Chief Executive Officer of Best Ballroom Shoes, has been named Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year in Dance Competition Wear. While inclusion in Cambridge Who’s Who Registry is an honor, only one member in each discipline is named the Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year. The Cambridge Who’s Who selection committee hand picks these special Who’s Who honorees based on accomplishments, academic achievement, leadership and service.
Sweitzer, an accomplished ballroom dancer and the winner of a best solo routine award at an Arthur Murray Showcase Competition, is also a licensed professional engineer. The combination of these contrasting abilities was the perfect blend for the creation of a company that prides itself on quality-made dance shoes and competition wear. Best Ballroom Shoes allows clients to custom design their own dance shoes. The company offers more than 100 different colors and materials and more than 10 heel sizes and types. Made by top Italian designers, the custom dance shoes are expertly manufactured with support and comfort in mind. Best Ballroom Shoes also sells dance competition clothes designed by Emmy-winning costume designer Randall Christensen, who outfitted Lisa Rinna and others on Dancing with the Stars.
Sweitzer received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University in 1985, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson College in 1983. She is a member of Sigma Xi, The Honorary Society for Scientific Researchers (1984) and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. Sweitzer was involved with engineering the Chandra X-ray Observatory Project for NASA through Eastman Kodak. For information on Best Ballroom Shoes, go to www.bestballroomshoes.com.
Lancaster, WI April 27, 2007 — Candace Croft, Ph.D., has been named Professional of the Year in health and spirituality by Cambridge Who’s Who. While inclusion in Cambridge Who’s Who is itself an honor, only one member in each discipline is named Cambridge Who’s Who Professional of the Year. The Cambridge Who’s Who selection committee hand picks these special Who’s Who honorees based on accomplishments, academic achievement, leadership, and service.
As president of Tabankhu, LLC, Croft combines her expertise in lifespan development, integrative health, spirituality, and energy work with over two decades of experience in healthcare and education. She gives workshops for many groups, including the National Council on Family Relations, American Psychological Society, and National Institutes of Health. Her Inner Life Attunement™ seminars and speaking engagements focus on creating strength-based lives, relationships and organizations.
Croft is a Reiki master/teacher, advanced practitioner of Emotional Freedom Technique, certified family life educator, and energy therapist. She has authored several articles in professional journals and national publications and writes a monthly column, “Living with Heart.” She is also the author of three books. For more information, visit www.HeartLightShining.com.
Croft received her Ph.D. in health and human development from Penn State, a master’s degree from the University of Arizona, and a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College. Prior to establishing Tabankhu, LLC, Croft was dean of Health and Human Services at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College and chair of the Psychology Department at Clarke College.
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