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/.
Singles have a hard enough time finding love. But what if you are over 50 and alone? In his new book titled “Don’t Give Up on Love,” Cambridge Who’s Who member Tim Carroll offers sound advice to help the middle-aged to meet potential companions, and forge healthy and happy relationships. The book serves to help older men and women to rekindle their faith that somewhere, someone is there that can make them happy.
At the age of 68, Mr. Carroll has found success dating in the modern world. Reflecting on his experiences, he offers wisdom and advice on such topics as dealing with past baggage, addressing divorce, facing resistant adult children, and coping with illness and bereavement. As he covers just about every situation dealing with romance, Mr. Carroll reminds readers that they are not alone and that, despite contrary belief, they have a lot of options in front of them. Important highlights include: finding the courage to date again; if it’s okay to remain single; whether it’s ever too late to date, mate or marry; how friends can become lovers; if that long-ago high-school flame can be yours again; how to safely find love online; what to do with feelings of loss and grief; and how to handle loneliness.
“Don’t Give Up on Love” is a shining beacon of hope for anyone who thought that he or she was past his or her prime for the dating pool. It is a refreshing source of hope, inspiration and hope for the future. To purchase your copy, please visit the “Don’t Give Up on Love” promo page. You can also visit the official website for “Don’t Give Up on Love.”
Set against Fidel Castro’s Cuban regime, “Innocent Betrayal” explores the hidden currents of Cuban counterintelligence during the 1970s and 1980s. Authored by Cambridge Who’s Who® Member Silvia Abarrategui, the romance and suspense novel centers on protagonist Tania Bausada, who is recruited by the Cuban secret police to perform a covert mission: to spy on Victor Villareal, a key personnel member for one of Castro’s special projects who is suspected of being a CIA agent.
Sent by the secret police, Cuban agent Alex Estevez uses his charms to destroy Tania’s marriage to a top Castro aide in order to influence the novel’s heroine to spy for them. Alex unexpectedly develops feelings for Tania, resulting in the two having an affair. The union is short-lived when the secret police begin to suspect the affair, and force Alex to abandon the relationship and disappear.
In the midst of this love affair is Victor Villareal, who later wins Tania’s heart and trust. After innumerable obstacles, Victor and Tania escape from the Cuban authorities to Miami. Their love, however, is later tested when Victor insists on returning to Cuba. A fortuitous re-encounter with Alex forces Tania face a decision that will affect the rest of her life.
“Innocent Betrayal” is a novel that will sweep readers from the calamities of Cuban reality and the opulence of Havana’s diplomatic corps to the ruthless nature of the Cuban secret police. Betrayal and love intertwine in the hostile ambiance of an island torn by revolution.
About the Author
Silvia Abarrategui split her childhood between Havana, Cuba and Washington, D.C., where she lived until her grandmother took her back to Havana to complete her education. She graduated from the University of Havana in 1977 with a professorship in English. A year later, she returned to Miami with her husband. First published in Spanish in 2001, “Innocent Betrayal” is Silvia Abarrategui’s first novel; it was published in English in 2010. ”Innocent Betrayal” can be purchased through Silvia Abarratequi’s website, or through Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com.