Following an apparent sold-out New Year’s Eve party at the London club, Defected In The House returns to Ministry of Sound on 6 February with another line-up featuring pure house heritage and fresh new talent in equal measure. 2015 was a big year for Defected In The House parties, not least of all in Ibiza where the brand hosted Amnesia’s Terrace and clubbers descended over the course of the season to get their weekly house fix. Elsewhere, Defected took over stages at festivals including We Are FSTVL, Extrema and Sundown. In December, Defected was named Best Label by DJ Mag in their Best Of British awards, the second time they have won the title, a fitting end to the year.
With close to three decades of dancefloor domination under his belt, Grammy Award nominated DJ/producer and Ministry headline act Todd Terry is possibly one of the most celebrated figures in dance music.
As early as 1988, Todd had established his reputation via classic underground tracks ‘A Day In The Life’, ‘Weekend’, and ‘Can You Party’, released under monikers such as the Todd Terry Project, House Of Gypsies, and Royal House, all considered essential and ground breaking. Later he rode the charts with mixes for huge pop acts, including his definitive remix of Everything But The Girl’s ‘Missing’.
Sonny Fodera and Sam Divine apparently raised the bar as Defected residents in 2015, with each having stand-out years both in the studio and behind the decks. Sam’s label D-Vine Sounds continues to perform well in the Traxsource charts, while Sonny’s profile will increase this year with his ‘Sonny Fodera In The House’ mix album released in January.
Riva Starr has forged a formidable relationship with Defected, with a series of EPs establishing him as possibly one of the preeminent house artists in the game. Dario D’Attis makes his Defected debut following the release of his ‘This Piano, That Chord EP’ on Strictly Rhythm, while Defected founder Simon Dunmore completes the line-up in the 103, setting the scene with one of his warm-up sets.
Finally, For The Love Of House hosts The Loft, with DJs Greg Sawyer and Simon Dawson spinning classic house all night long, paying homage to the records that have helped define the scene over the past 30+ years.