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Defected Records at 25

Celebrating House Music Excellence and Future Ambitions

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Celebrating House Music Excellence and Future Ambitions

Defected Records at 25

In the vibrant world of electronic music, few names resonate as profoundly as Defected Records. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2024, Defected Records stands as a cornerstone in the global dance music scene, embodying the spirit of house music with an unparalleled legacy of innovation and community engagement. What began as an independent British label in 1999 has evolved into a multifaceted music media group, setting trends and standards across the industry.

A Legacy of House Music Excellence

Defected Records' journey from its humble beginnings to its current status as a global powerhouse has been defined by its ability to evolve while staying true to its cultural roots. With over 900 releases and 1200 events under its belt, Defected has not only nurtured the careers of 550 artists but has also amassed a dedicated online community of 11 million followers. This milestone marks not just a celebration of longevity but a testament to Defected's enduring influence on the house music genre.

Leadership Redefined: Wez Saunders and the Vision for 2024

At the helm of Defected since 2022, CEO Wez Saunders has ushered in a new era of innovation and community-centric values. Under his leadership, Defected has embraced a mantra encapsulated in the slogan "We Are House. You Are Defected," emphasizing the label's commitment to its global community of music enthusiasts and artists alike.

Pioneering Digital Innovation and Industry Standards

As one of the first house labels to embrace digital technologies, Defected continues to lead the way in digital innovation. Beyond music releases and events, the label champions industry standards for protecting artists' intellectual property, exemplified by its partnership with The Circuit Group. This commitment reflects Defected's dedication to fostering sustainable and impactful careers for its artists amidst a rapidly evolving industry landscape.

Celebrating 25 Years: Looking Ahead

As Defected commemorates its 25th anniversary, the celebrations are set to be monumental. In 2024, Defected plans a series of celebratory activities to mark its 25th anniversary, including the release of collaborative records titled 'Together', which bridge the label's storied past with its future aspirations. The year will also see a record-breaking 25 residencies across 25 countries, showcasing Defected's global reach and cultural influence.

Beyond Music: Embracing Culture and Community

Defected's influence extends beyond music production and events. The label's forthcoming initiatives include a coffee table book, a vinyl box set, and the launch of a highly anticipated Defected podcast hosted by industry favorite Monki. These endeavors not only celebrate Defected's legacy but also reinforce its commitment to enriching the global dance music community.

As Defected Records embarks on its next chapter, the emphasis remains steadfast on quality music, exceptional events, and elevating the dance music landscape day by day. With a rich history of cultural impact and a future guided by innovation and community, Defected stands poised to continue shaping the future of house music for generations to come.

In the words of CEO Wez Saunders, "To release good music, throw great parties, and make the world of dance music a better place one day at a time."

Defected Records: 25 years of house music excellence, and a legacy that resonates across the globe.

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