Since 1999 Defected have been releasing tunes that have definedHouse Music settling their position as its global authority in the process. From its first release to its upcoming milestone 500th(!), Defected’s classic soul and disco sound has remained consistent, rooted in the firm belief that the essential musicality of house has never faded.

Operating in more than 40 countries, Defected has built their internationally recognisable brand purely on the love of music. With millions of records sold, the label has aligned itself with some the industry’s biggest names, even introducing such seminal talents as Bob Sinclar, Junior Jack, ATFC, Sandy Rivera and Copyright amongst many more.

So, with that, we continue our series highlighting our favourite labels from around the world. Today, catch up with Defected boss, Simon Dunmore to get the scoop on all things Defected Records. Also, at the end of this article, you’ll find an exclusive full length mix from the Simon himself, showing you how Defected is meant to be experienced…in the mix! (big you knew that already). Oh, and if you’re in (or heading to) Croatia this week, Defected hosts its inaugural multi-day festival event Defected Croatia from 11-15 at Tisno’s The Garden Resort.

“We take records that have a bigger audience than some people may appreciate and broaden the awareness of great music.”

What does Defected add to the dance music spectrum?
Defected is a platform to promote great house music, whether it be underground or commercial. I feel as though we take records that have a bigger audience than some people may appreciate and broaden the awareness of great music.

When did you first think about launching Defected?
1997 / 1998 – I had been working at a major label and having crossover success, with two number 2 singles whilst I was at AM:PM. People then started to approach me about working with me, maybe starting my own label and replicating that success for myself, rather than someone else.

When did Defected actually launch?
1st January, 1999.

Story behind the Defected name?
I left Polygram / Universal Records to start my own label, so I defected from a major label to become an independent.

What was the most difficult aspect of launching the label?
Running the business and the administrative side of a company. Staff, leases, tax returns, VAT returns, human resources, staff leaving, staff joining – it was not something I was prepared for.

What qualities do you look for in a Defected artist?
Hunger, longevity, talent and being an upstanding / decent human being – some people don’t conduct themselves as well as they should, and I feel it’s important that when you meet people, you’re a decent person. Ultimately though, being talented as a producer and a DJ.