Defected Is Searching For a New Resident DJ

Alexander Dias

Defected Is Searching For a New Resident DJ

Defected has long been the gold standard for house music. The UK-based label had a strong start in 1998 with Soulsearcher's debut record and an undisputed disco-house classic "I Can't Get Enough." Over the years, the lauded imprint helmed by Simon Dunmore, a fierce champion of house music culture, expanded to include 18 sub-labels, including Glitterbox and DFTD. They also run a series of fan-favorite festivals and one-off events worldwide. 

They have a fierce group of resident DJs, including veterans like Sam Devine, Low Steppa, and Gorgon City. The label is now offering the opportunity for up-and-comers to join the flock for the 2022 festival season. Unsung Heroes "will give up-and-coming DJ talent access to Defected's growing community of dedicated house heads and residencies across our offering of overseas events and live streams," said Defected. 

They are asking all entrants to submit a 60-minute mix along with a recommendation from a club owner, promoter, or established DJ that supports their efforts to push the culture forward in their scene. 

A panel of esteemed judges including Roger Sanchez, Cinthie, Yousef, Sef Kombo, Melvo Baptiste, Sam Divine, and Mambo Brothers will judge the entires.

Being an opening DJ is an often unrecognized art. Setting the vibe for the night is a talent that comes from years of experience and understanding what it takes to start the journey and successfully build a dance floor. 

"Unlike any other DJ competition or search for talent before it, Unsung Heroes is all about recognising the vital part resident DJs play in the makeup of clubland and giving recognition to the often under-appreciated art of the warm-up set," Defected explains. "Winners will be welcomed into the Defected family, contributing to parties across the globe from London to Ibiza, Croatia and Malta. With an array of judges across the breadth of the house music spectrum recruited to help with the search, Unsung Heroes is a statement of our ongoing dedication to investing in fresh talent and club culture as a whole."

You can enter the Unsung Heroes content via the Defected website.