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/.
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.
Located in the center of historic Ridgewood, N.J., Red Velvet Luxe offers fine craftsmanship and exquisite, quality jewelry. Founded by Cambridge Who’s Who® Lifetime Member Randi Shinske, the luxury retail establishment is the perfect place for savvy consumers who are looking for designer jewelry and have a passion for luxury watches.
With 20 years of experience as a luxury brand executive, Randi Shinske specializes in locating the best buying opportunities on the most exclusive brands and offering them to her customers — her inventory is constantly changing according to the great opportunities she unearths. All of Ms. Shinske’s merchandise is first-rate, and comes with the original tags and packaging; no pre-owned pieces or seconds can be found at Red Velvet Luxe, and customers enjoy saving 40 to 70 percent off the retail price.
Occupying a 950-square foot space, the store has the look and feel of a chic Madison Avenue boutique with an intimate ambiance, which lends itself to the pampering of customers. Ms. Shinske believes in creating a personal experience for each of them. “Owning a luxury item is as much about the purchasing experience as the actual piece,” notes Ms. Shinske. “Customers want the attention, the details about the item, and appreciate the knowledge from a former CEO in the industry,” she adds. “A luxury item is a special purchase — it should be a unique shopping experience.”
Red Velvet Luxe’s top-quality customer service, unique merchandise and extraordinary savings put luxury within jewelry enthusiasts’ reach.
For more information about Red Velvet Luxe or to contact Randi Shinske, visit her website at http://www.redvelvetluxe.com or call (201) 689-1800.