Defected Records has announced details of its first ever UK festival, set to take place this September.
Masters At Work, Honey Dijon, Derrick Carter, Horse Meat Disco, Dimitri From Paris, Dennis Ferrer, Todd Terry and Sam Divine are amongst the first DJs confirmed to be playing at the one-day event. The 10,000-capacity festival will take place at east London's Central Park and will spread the lineup across five stages.
Defected London FSTVL, which takes place on September 14th, is the latest in a series of events organised to mark the label's 20th anniversary.
“I’m a collector of labels. My ambition was for people to have a Defected rack in their collections in the same way they'd have a Salsoul rack, a Prelude rack, a Strictly rack, a Philly International rack,” says Simon Dunmore. After a decade working in club promotions and A&R for the majors, he founded Defected Records on 1st January, 1999. The plan was to establish the UK’s answer to Mark Finkelstein and Gladys Pizarro’s legendary New York imprint Strictly Rhythm. You could say that he has achieved that.
“Louie was playing at a warehouse in Tottenham,” he says. “It was a filthy night, the middle of winter, pouring with rain, horrendous, and I wasn’t going to go, but my mate persuaded me. And Louie came on to the beats of that record. The place was absolutely jumping. Even if it was just the congas, I thought it was an incredible record. After four minutes, India’s vocals come in. We all knew it was her singing, but had no clue what the record was. You couldn’t get to the DJ booth, so on the Monday, I phoned him up.
Massive tracks like Masters At Work’s ‘To Be In Love’ and Paul Johnson’s ‘Get Get Down’ dropped in Defected’s first year, then Bob Sinclar’s ‘I Feel For You’ and Kings Of Tomorrow’s stunning ‘Finally’, with Julie McKnight. The label scooped its first No.1 single in 2001, Roger Sanchez’s Toto-sampling record ‘Another Chance’. “Roger is someone I’ve known since Cooltempo,” Dunmore says. “He’d originally signed his album to Sony, but they didn’t know how to promote it. So his manager approached me, and asked me for help. He said, ‘Sony don’t understand it’.
Honing his legacy as a DJ playing forward-thinking house records on French radio in the ‘80s, Dimitri From Paris has made a name for himself thanks to his expertly crafted edits and remixes, which never stray too far from disco’s live and deeply-musical roots. Most recently, he’s put together a compilation of re-imagined classics titled ‘Le Chic Remixes’ for Defected, which houses reverent reworks of hits from Chic, Sister Sledge, Norman Jean and SB Devotion.
The mighty Defected label will be returning to Ibiza’s Eden this summer for another weekly residency, running every Sunday from 20th May to 7th October.
So far, confirmed guests for this year’s residency include Claptone, Camelphat, Derrick Carter, Dennis Ferrer, DJ Haus, Monki, Melé, Purple Disco Machine and many more.
Let’s be honest: Christmas shopping is a nightmare. Whether you’re shopping for a casual dance music fan or a full-on synth-loving production nerd, DJ Mag has got you covered with a range of top-notch gifts to suit all budgets. There’s also a tech-focused listicle you can read here — for those devoted music fans set to be working on their new EP over the holidays — but for now, here’s our wrap-up of the best gifts for dance music lovers from the web.
Defected has announced the programming for its 20 date run at Ibiza’s Eden. The Sunday residency launches 21st of May with MK, Sam Divine, Jacky, Defected boss Simon Dunmore, Andy Baxter, Jason Bye and Manu Gonzalez taking over rooms 1 and 2 of the radically transformed San Antonio oasis.
Running through 1st October, Defected has joined forces with D-Vine Sounds, Flow, Origins, Jacky & Friends and Frequently Flying to welcome both globally-recognized selectors and fresh-faces to the residency.
Sonny Fodera and Enzo Siffredi lead the way as DJ Mag Live teams up with UK promoters Take tomorrow night.
Now a highly sought-after DJ on a global scale, Aussie chap Sonny Fodera is Defected's brightest new star, releasing his debut album 'Frequently Flying' via the label at the end of 2016.
Enzo Siffredi, meanwhile, has been a stalwart of the Brighton scene for almost a decade, both with the local Minimal Kids and Wired imprints, and through his work for labels such as Suara.
Online streaming platform, Mixcloud, is home to a huge variety of radio shows, DJ sets and live recordings from across the globe. As we approach the end of the year, we dug through their archives to bring you five of the most streamed dance music shows of 2016. Dig in!
WETALKMUSIC EP1 - BONOBO & HUNDRED WATERS
The first episode of music & talk show, WeTalk Music, features conversations with downtempo electronic star Bonobo and Florida-based fourtet, Hundred Waters, along with an eclectic showcase of their musical influences and inspirations.
When Simon Dunmore left his major label A&R job with AM:PM, the dance offshoot of A&M Records, to start his own independent dance label, even he couldn’t have imagined the success he’d go on to have. Defected Records is probably the most successful UK dance label of the past two decades, and has expanded into running events, managing artists and also running a DJ agency as well.