Our three-part virtual series ‘We Dance As One’ was recently announced, seeking to raise awareness for the plight of the events business in the UK and around the world in this post-pandemic era, We Dance As One is our way of showing solidarity for an industry that has largely been ignored and dismissed by the government. We Dance As One will see world-renowned DJs broadcast to millions, reviving the template of our Virtual Festival series, the events will be completely free and accessible to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes, uniting all as one on the virtual dancefloor.
Kicking things off with a suitably heavyweight line-up, October’s event will feature sets from Carl Cox, CamelPhat, Dennis Ferrer, Disciples, Mike Dunn, Natasha Diggs, Sam Divine and more to be announced, streamed via YouTube, Facebook and Twitch. Sets will be broadcast from the DJs’ homes or where possible, their favourite local nightclubs which are currently lying empty due to pandemic restrictions. CamelPhat will perform at Liverpool’s Mansion nightclub, a venue that they own in their hometown. Sam Divine will play at London’s beloved Ministry Of Sound, while Mike Dunn will be at Smartbar in his native Chicago and Natasha Diggs from New York’s House Of Yes – all with strict restrictions and social distancing in place.
WE DANCE AS ONE 1.0
30th OCTOBER 2020, 1700 – 0000 GMT
STREAMING VIA YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK, TWITCH
A-Z CAMELPHAT / CARL COX / DENNIS FERRER / DISCIPLES
MIKE DUNN / NATASHA DIGGS / SAM DIVINE
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Simon Dunmore’s Defected is the great success story of UK dance music. For 20 years, it’s been dedicated to the finest in house, from its label and numerous associated imprints, to its events and festivals. Still, it hasn’t all been plain sailing — Defected has traversed choppy waters to become the super brand it is today. DJ Mag talks to Dunmore about his house history, adaptability and his approach to business… “I’m a collector of music and 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 1 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. Thanks to Dunmore’s keen A&R savvy, which has over the years secured releases and forged enduring friendships with Masters At Work, Bob Sinclar, Dennis Ferrer, Roger Sanchez, Kevin Saunderson and Todd Terry, Defected has made an indelible imprint on British dance music. ‘To Be In Love’; ‘At Night’; ‘Finally’; ‘Another Chance’: all tracks knowable by name alone. To call it the most influential UK house label of all-time would be entirely acceptable.