There are few dance music vocalists as prolific as JES, whose mesmerizing voice has redefined the electronic dance music landscape with instantly recognizable classics like Motorcycle’s “As the Rush Comes,” the Grammy Nominated “Hold On” and the critically acclaimed “Everything” with the legendary Tiesto. Joining the company of artists like Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith, Zara […]
The story of DJ Graeme Park really mirrors the story of the evolution of dance music and club culture itself. Graeme found himself working in a Nottingham record shop called Selectadisc in the early 1980s, when the very first house records began to filter through from Chicago, Detroit and New York. When the shop’s owner opened a nightclub, it was only natural he should turn to Graeme to select the discs. Determined to showcase this new style of music, his reputation as a house pioneer soon brought him to the attention of Mike Pickering at the Haçienda in Manchester, who asked him to cover for him while he went on holiday in 1988. Simply put, there was no-one else in the country who could do the job. The Summer of Love followed, and Parky quickly became one of the biggest names on the emerging dance scene. Aside from his nine year residency at The Haç, he was one of the first British DJs to play places like Australia, South America, the USA, Asia and beyond as well as producing and remixing tracks for the dancefloor, including The Brand New Heavies, Inner City, Eric B & Rakim, New Order, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and more.
Regarded as one of the founding fathers of the Future House movement, it's evident why Dutch DJ/Producer Don Diablo is seen as a pioneer of the dance music world. Currently #7 in the DJ Mag Top 100 Poll - making him the highest placing artist in the Future House category - Don has earned praise from talent and tastemakers across the globe for major hits such as 'On My Mind', 'Universe', 'AnyTime', 'Chemicals' and 'Cutting Shapes' and most recently released his sophomore album 'FUTURE' in the beginning of 2018.
From winning a DJ competition in Bristol to her iTunes chart-topping Defected In The House mix compilation, the past 10 years have been both a hard-earned and well-deserved rise to the top for Sam Divine. The Bath-born DJ has gone from practicing in a shed at the bottom of her mum’s garden to main stage festival headliner, while also becoming a label owner and the presenter of Defected’s In The House radio show, the #1 house music podcast on iTunes. Her new releases demonstrate a real progression in Sam as a producer, as she finds her own unique sound and an ability to create uplifting house records fit for any dancefloor. Drawing on all of her experience gained from working in record shops and holding down residencies at Ushuaia and Amnesia, Sam has developed into an expert at creating a musical journey and keeping the listener moving from start to finish, whether it be with her live sets or studio mixes.
For any DJ and wanna-be producer, “hustle” can be an oft-overstated attribute and, yet, for the right person, it’s an underappreciated compliment from those in the know. Hustle is the absolute definition of both the man and the meteoric career of international DJ Roger Sanchez. From a humble beginning in NYC to multi-year residencies in Ibiza; from digging in dusty crates to headlining festival main-stages around the world, Roger is truly a self-made man and and dance music star. An early pioneer of podcasting, Roger was awarded the first-ever Best Podcast Award at the International Dance Music Awards in 2007. In addition to his bi-weekly podcast, he also hosts a weekly terrestrial and online radio show, which attracts over 10 million listeners across a worldwide audience. The Release Yourself Radio Show is broadcasted in 30 markets on every continent, including countries as diverse as Brazil, Russia, Mexico, the UK, Germany and Australia. In addition to broadcasting, he creates podcasts and mixes from the road, dominating a tour schedule that would exhaust even the most hardened of festival warriors. This man is on a mission to spread the musical word to every corner of the globe
Franky Rizardo – DJ, producer, label boss. The young artist continues to prove himself as one of Holland’s finest exports in dance music, demonstrating a solid production career with releases spanning a collection of top labels, including a long term relationship with Defected Records, whilst continuing to push himself as a DJ with a distinctive […]
It has been a meteoric rise for Eddie Halliwell. Not only is his name screamed out on dance floors across the globe, he is also renowned as one of the major players in dance music having twice been voted DJ of the year by clubbers’ bible Mixmag. Fire It Up takes Eddie’s sound global. An […]
As the musical force behind Faithless, world-renowned DJ and record producer Sister Bliss needs no introduction. Together with iconic front man Maxi Jazz and producer Rollo Armstrong (brother of Dido), she formed Faithless: one of the most successful electronic acts to date.
Mark Doyle created Hed Kandi in 1997 and it was his choice of artwork, music and presentation that succeeded in distinguishing the brand from other house music labels. Expect lots of new mixes from guest DJs and classic Team Kandi members.