Earlier this year, the mighty Defected Records turned 20 years old. Through thick and thin, house music's penultimate record label has survived two decades of a fickle electronic music industry which has seen its share of trends come and go. In addition to this anniversary though, the label's head honcho, Simon Dunmore is celebrating 30 years of his involvement in the music industry on this very day.
Back in '89, the West London native landed his first A&R gig at Cooltempo Records where he spent five years working with a diverse group of artists including Adeva, Gang Starr, and Masters At Work. His accomplished work there led him to A&M where he went on to develop artists for their dance music subdivision, AM:PM. It was there where he truly developed the skill to recognize and develop bona-fide house music hits from artists like Mousse T., Ultra Nate, and Deep Dish.
After ten years of working for others though, Simon Dunmore made a landmark decision to spread his wings and launch house music's unofficial record label, Defected. And in those 20 glorious years, under his watchful eye, the label has given birth to countless underground anthems that have enjoyed success both on the floor and even on the charts as well but he didn't stop there. In 2013, he started the label offshoot, DFTD and in 2015, Glitterbox. Based off his club night in Ibiza of the same name, the sub-label catered to the roots of house music with originals and reissues all based upon soul and disco.
So with three decades under his belt and three legitimate record labels to show for, it appears that Simon Dunmore is not slowing down anytime soon. Defected's recently coined mantra, House Music All Life Long is a public testament to his dedication and perseverance.