If there was ever a man guaranteed to remodel the House Hall of Fame, it would be the legendary Simon Dunmore. The celebrated creator of Defected records and Glitterbox, Dunmore is perhaps the only man in the industry to successfully run an independent label that continually rivalled the major labels with its achievements and awards.
When Did it All Begin?
Before creating Defected, Dunmore worked in the industry as a music journalist for publications such as Blues & Soul and a fanzine called London Soul Circular. From 1989 he also worked in A&R, most notably, working with Cooltempo and AM:PM. By night, Dunmore was also developing his DJ skills.
It’s little wonder then, with all the industry expertise, that when Dunmore launched Defected Records in 1999, it was pegged for success. Initially, the record was funded by Ministry of Sound, a London nightclub and label.
First to be released by Defected Records was Soulsearcher’s “I Can’t Get Enough”, which reached an impressive No. 8 in the UK singles charts. A No. 1 record wasn’t to be far off, though, as in 2001 the Roger Sanchez single “Another Chance” topped the charts.
To date, Defected Records have released over 300 singles from various artists. These have included acts such as: MURK, Kings of Tomorrow, Inner City, Bob Sinclair, Lenny Fontana, Marc Kinchen (MK), Dennis Ferrer, Copyright and Yousef.
Other Significant Releases
- Powerhouse (Lenny Fontana) “What You Need”, which features Duane Harden is played on Top of the Pops in 1999 and places in the Top 15.
- Resident Advisor, a leading electronic dance portal, vote “Finally” by Kings of Tomorrow as the 31st best track of 2000-2010. This song is still a popular choice for DJ sets to this day.
- Video credits to: Defected Records
- “Love Generation”, released in 2005 by Bob Sinclair, managed to reach No. 12 in the UK singles chart. It was even bigger in Australia and Europe though, selling over 1 million copies worldwide. Most notably, it was even credited as one of the longest running records in the German singles charts ever.
- This chart success was echoed by Fish Go Deep, their 2004 release “Cure and the Cause” managed to stay nearly a year in the Beatport top 100.
- Past artists have included: The Shapeshifters, Louie Vega, Loco Dice, Giles Peterson and Tensnake.
- The 2017 release, “Cola” by CamelPhat & Elderbrook, gained itself worldwide appeal and was nominated at the 2018 Grammy Awards for Best Dance Recording.
As well as all their significant releases, Defected Records are just as famous for their worldwide events and residencies.
After holding a prominent residency at Pacha for eight years, Defected moved to Booom!, where they held extremely successful nights. Since 2017, Defected have held their 20-week residency at Eden in San Antonio. They also host a special night at Café Mambo on a Sunday.
Starting in 2016, Defected have hosted a special festival in Croatia. The six-day festival draws a crowd of around 3,000 Dance fanatics from across the globe and has featured popular DJs such as Roger Sanchez and Sam Divine.
The event takes place in the second week of August every year and is particularly popular for its numerous boat parties.
Simon Dunmore is one of the greatest legends in music today, with his successes to date making him and Defected Records one of the most spectacular entities to occur in the world of House and Dance music.