A massive THANK YOU to everyone that entered our competition to DJ For The World. The entrants once again have been of such a high standard. You guys are so talented, it never ceases to amaze us at Defected HQ. Previously when we hosted the mix competition to win the chance to play at Defected Croatia in 2019, it was so tough to pick a winner that we ended up curating a dedicated stage programmed entirely with the best of the DJs who entered. While we sadly don’t have the luxury or capability to add an additional stage to our Virtual Festivals, we needed another day to get through all 750 entries and we have decided to pick four winners instead of just one as originally intended. Two winners will play a 30 minute set each on Friday 8th May, and the other two will play a 30 minute set each on Friday 22nd May.
Now it’s our pleasure to announce our FOUR incredible winners… Playing in the Virtual Festival on Friday, 8th May will be:
Selena Faider (France) “One day a guy used to call me a ‘Defected Child’, I guess he was right! Defected has rocked me through the years, on the dancefloor and behind the decks, house music has always been a spirit in my eyes. I'm happy to be part of this adventure.”
Soulmajestik (South Africa) “On behalf of my band I would like to thank you so much for this great opportunity to perform on your Virtual Festival. I follow Defected Records on Twitter so I have witnessed the amazing platform that you have created for artists around the world. I feel soooo excited to be chosen among the winners, it gives me so much hope and confidence on our craft, thank you so much.”
Playing in the Virtual Festival on Friday, 22nd May will be:
Aline Rocha (Brazil) “Am I dreaming? After 15 years of highs and lows, I feel honored right now. Defected made me find an amazing community that presented me to a new world. Their values always encourage me to be what I am with no fear. It's about purpose. Put your heart and soul in everything you do and everything else falls into place. I’ll always be thankful ♥”
TQ Grant (USA) "Super excited to have been chosen to play 'For the World'. Defected is a top class organization and I'm grateful to the entire crew for their unrelenting hard work throughout these unprecedented times. This set is for the house heads worldwide, together we are stronger. Peace."
Congratulations all, you should be super proud – and we can’t wait to see what else you’ve got!
We're offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to budding DJs in our community, with a competition to win a slot at an upcoming Defected Virtual Festival. The Virtual Festivals, streamed across YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Twitch TV, have clocked up over 8.5 million views over four events to date, uniting people from 142 countries on our virtual dancefloor. Gathering media attention from the likes of BBC News, Channel 4, Le Monde, Financial Times, The Guardian, Billboard and many more, our weekly festivals are keeping us going through lockdown, and proving more than ever house music's power to unite us.
Now it's your turn. We know we have thousands of undiscovered DJs in our worldwide community so we want to encourage you to step up to the Virtual Festivals’ global platform. The lucky winners will be appearing virtually alongside our headliners that have so far included Calvin Harris, Gorgon City, Bob Sinclar, Roger Sanchez and Sam Divine. One winner will be chosen for a 30min slot, to appear in a Defected Virtual Festival.
How to enter: - The competition opens on Thursday 23rd April, and closes at 12am BST on Tuesday 28th April - Record a 15min video of yourself mixing and upload it as an unlisted video to YouTube - Send a link to your YouTube video to firstname.lastname@example.org - Entrants must be aged 16 or over
Four shortlisted artists will be chosen from the entries based on their ability to mix, their track selections and their musical affinity to Defected or Glitterbox respectively. After the shortlist is revealed on Wednesday 29th April, members of Defected’s YouTube Community page will then vote to select two finalists, with the ultimate winner to be decided by the Defected team on Friday 1st May.
Good luck - let's see what you've got! #VirtualFestival #DJForTheWorld