FOXXIES AND DJ FOXXEELADY: BRINGING ROMANCE TO SECONDLIFE – JOSH (THOMAS1 BELLIC) REPORTING

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Since the Early Days of SecondLife, Sim creators have sought to build and maintain the perfect “Formal Ballroom”,  capturing the grace and elegance possible only in the Virtual World.  In the past 17 years, there have been over 583 attempts to do so in SecondLife.  (OK…so I made that number up…but I do know it is LOTS!)

Places come into being, amid a big splash, supported by residents (or not), only to have to close their doors within weeks, or at most, months.  The venues that survive are those that manage to appeal to a strong base of support among both the North American and European audiences. 

In SL builds as in other places, the cream rises to the top, and the Crem de la Crem of Formal Ballrooms in SecondLife is without a doubt, Foxxies Ballroom. The Ballroom of choice by the most discerning of audiences, Foxxies Ballroom is also the exclusive home of the award-winning DJ, FoxxeeLady.  The sultry-voiced FoxxeeLady entertains audiences and dancers nightly with selections from a song list of over 10,000 of your favorite songs, love ballads, and musical arrangements.

I caught up with FoxxeeLady while she was relaxing following a very busy Valentine's Day Weekend, and she graciously agreed to answer a few questions.

Josh (Thomas1 Bellic) (JB):    So then, which came first?  Did Foxxees Ballroom join forces with FoxxeeLady, or did FoxxeeLady inspire the creation of Foxxies Ballroom?

FL:  FoxxeeLady (FL):  Foxxies Ballroom came first.  It was established and owned in 2009 by Allison Lannock, followed by Michel Mills who was joined by Don Suebert as a business partner about 8 months ago.  FoxxeeLady began her DJ career at Foxxies Ballroom about 7 years ago.

JB:  An operation the size of Foxxies certainly does not run itself.  What size staff do they employ here, and who are some of the prime “Movers and Shakers” here?

FL:  Foxxies is run by Michel Mills and his business partner Don Suebert, both of whom are owners.  Tabatha Brinton and Audrey Trellis are long-time hostesses and assistants.  Over the last eight years, FoxxeeLady has assumed more and more DJ responsibilities.  She's now the main DJ at Foxxies Ballroom working 7 nights a week about 3 to 4 hours per night.

JB:  How did you initially develop an interest in DJing?

FL:  I have loved music all of my life.  Beautiful music has constantly been a part of my heart and soul as long as I can remember.  I was given an opportunity to learn how to DJ in SL by Michel Mills.  Initially, I was one of many DJs at Foxxies and worked just a few hours per week.  But as a result of my hard work ethic, love of music, and respect for my guests and fans,  I have excelled in my abilities, reaching for the top in my past 7 years.

JB:  I know you play a wide variety of musical genres.  Do you have a favorite?  And how have your musical tastes changed over the years?

FL:  I love all genres of music, but I must say, my favorites are romantic tunes.  Romantic tunes touch everybody's heart.  We all want to love and be loved and romantic tunes brings that dream closer to each of us.  I have always loved romantic tunes, but also enjoy country, oldies, and other genres.

JB:  You have been in SL for a number of years.  What is it that keeps you going?  Coming back night after night after night?

FL:  I have been in SL for almost 9 years.  I love playing music for my fans, helping them feel love, and helping them enjoy their time in the arms of their beloved ones at Foxxies Ballroom.  What motivates me to return to my work as DJ at Foxxies' Ballroom night after night is making sure love is in the air, making my fans happy, and playing the tunes my guests request.  It gives me tremendous satisfaction to make my guests happy.

JB:  Tell me about the SL DJ Hall of fame?  Who runs it, who are the judges, and what are the selection criteria for entry?

FL:  Dia Dufaux (DJ.3D) and Chris62 Greybeard (DJ Chris) are the founders of the SL DJ Hall of Fame.  There are 257 inductees as of now.  Anyone can nominate an SL DJ with 2 or more years of experience, but few are inducted.  A random collection of 3 SL DJ Hall of fame members will visit the nominee during their work hours.  These individuals will determine if the DJ's performance is consistent with the criteria that DJs at the top of the game exhibit.  If a majority votes to induct the nominee, that DJ will be informed and an induction ceremony with be scheduled.

JB:  What does it mean to you to have been inducted into the SL DJ Hall of Fame?

FL:  For me, having been inducted into the SL DJ Hall of Fame is a great honor and means that my work as a DJ has received the recognition of those DJs who are at the top of their game, meaning my work is consistent with the highest standards of excellence for work as a DJ in SL.  It makes me happy to know that the best DJs in SL recognize that I work hard to give my fans a quality performance night after night.  As a perfectionist, I want nothing but the best for my guests and I work hard to give them the best music, atmosphere, and gratitude,  night after night

JB:  Soooo..tell us about “The Foxxies Difference”   How is Foxxies unlike any other Ballroom anywhere on the SL Grid today?

FL:  Foxxies is the classiest, most formal, and most elegant Ballroom in SL.  When Allison started it in 2009, she wanted to create a grand ballroom of the highest quality.  Adam was the 2nd owner, who kept the venue going for the next 4yrs.  Michel, the 3rd owner, has for the past 8 years continued that tradition.  Don has joined as Owner/ Partner for the past 8 months, a great addition to this awesome venue.  The build is precise, beautiful, and elegant.  This has resulted in an atmosphere for our guests in the tradition of 5-star establishments in New York, Palm Beach, and London.  People sense this difference the moment they enter the venue.  Everybody loves the class, quality, and elegance.  The staff is polite, precise, and perfectionist, all in the interest of providing the highest quality service and experience to all of our guests.

JB:  How might someone learn what, if any, special events are going on at Foxxies?

FL:  The best way to find out about special events at Foxxies is through the event search board.  But honestly, most people these days learn about Foxxies and its special events by word of mouth.  People visit Foxxies Ballroom, fall in love with it and tell their friends about it.  Our group has grown exponentially and continues to grow every day also we have been in the SL Destination Guide since 2010.

JB:  Is there anything else you would care to share with our SL Enquirer Readers?

FL:  We encourage all residents of SL who appreciate the finer things, be it music or the glittering, high society of SL,  to visit Foxxies Ballroom and DJ FoxxeeLady.  We guarantee you will be delighted.

 LIMO: secondlife://Foxxies/219/191/21

http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Foxxies/219/192/22

So there you have it, Folks.  Romance in the Virtual World.  And in SecondLife, romance is spelled “FOXXIES”.   I’ll see ya there. I’ll be the guy in the black Tux…trying to blend in.

Be There

Aloha

JB

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