Label Showcase 24: Defected Records
Describe 3 seminal moments in Defected existence?
– Our first record, Soulsearcher – I Can’t Get Enough, was a great way to launch the label.
– Two number one singles with Roger Sanchez – Another Chance and Storm Queen – Look Right Through, because ultimately we need records like that to keep the company financially viable.
– Deciding to do events, taking Defected on the road and having a direct way of communicating with and seeing the people who buy and support our music, the fans.
Most disappointing moment in Defected existence?
The constant lack of loyalty from DJs and producers, people that you support from very early in their career, who seem to forget what you’ve done for them very quickly.
Describe Defected album artwork?
Easily identifiable in this day and age, where people don’t have much time and you need to be quickly seen among a barrage of visual images coming at you. The logo is very quickly identifiable and I believe that’s a good thing in these times.
Best Defected showcase?
They’re all good for different reasons. The most important ones, as I said earlier, are the ones where you meet people / the fans who support you through thick and thin. I’ve had amazing showcases at Miami Music Conference, ADE, Ministry of Sound, residencies at Pacha, Boom and Space. They’re all amazing and different, it’s hard to pick out one.
Worst Defected showcase?
When you turn up and a promotor really doesn’t understand you, your music and why they’ve booked you. There’s a disconnect between you and the audience, meaning a night can feel like a lifetime.
Dream Defected artist?
Prince. If only you could sign Prince, you could leave the world a very happy person!
Most important business/music app/program/software?
Ableton. We can produce music on it, make edits, mix our radio show, do our compilations on it – it’s one of those things that’s portable, you can do it on the plane, on the train or in the office. It’s an amazing piece of technology.
Longest Day(s) ever worked?
Recently I did 3 dates in 3 days and was catching sleep on the move in the car or on the plane. Some people say that DJs get paid too much, and some do get paid astronomical amounts, but a real working DJ earns their money. You have to get up there in front of two thousand people, with a big smile on your face and rock a crowd by selecting the right records – that’s not always easy when you’ve had one hour of sleep.
I’d like to mention this Autumn we’ll be releasing our 500th single – it’s something I’m very proud of, the fact I own a label that’s managed to release (just on Defected, not our sub labels) 500 releases. There’s not many labels that get to that landmark, in terms of working with the artists and releasing the music we have.
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Floorplan – The Heavens & the Earth
Benji Canderlario – Higher (Feat. Arnold Jarvis & Nina Lares) (Benji Candelario Thump Mix)
MR G – Transient
Sis – Wurlitzer In Me
Midland – Final Credits
3 Kings – Shake dat Booty (DSB Re-Edit)
ZAPPE – Larry’s Exotic Blend (Original)
Bassfort – Dixtrit
Full Intention – Keeps Pushing
Eli Escobar – Miss My Luv
Red Rack’em – Wonky Bassline Disco banger
Sandy Rivera – Come into My Room (Feat. LT Brown) (Take It Back Mix)
Dennis Ferrer – Right Thing (Feat. Ben Westbeech)