A born entertainer with a burning desire to play music to people around the world, Sam Divine’s enigmatic sets are an effortless schooling in pure, unadulterated house. From her early days as the sole member of the Defected street team in Ibiza to fronting their radio show and now headlining some of the world’s biggest clubs and festivals, The First Lady of Defected, has become an intrinsic part of the UK house music scene.
The seeds of Sam’s DJ career can be traced back to a pair of belt drive turntables and a battered Numark mixer set up in her Mum’s shed; a pirate radio show broadcast from her bedroom using ‘borrowed’ equipment from the local college and MSN Messenger, and time spent expanding her musical knowledge working at Spin Central in her hometown of Weston-super-Mare and Chemical Records in Bristol.
Sam shows no sign of slowing down in 2020 with a number of Defected parties already in the diary, a return to the festival circuit, an Australasian tour and solo tours throughout North America and Canada. December will also see the return of last year’s sold-out Openers tour with Sam playing all night long across two weekends in December. 2020 brings new music in collaboration with Australian DJ and producer, Kormak, on Defected as well as a new EP on her own label. With her passion and dedication to her music beyond doubt, Sam Divine is a musician who will continue to evolve and grow.
James Hype had spent his early career cutting his teeth amongst the club circuits in the North of England. His high energy DJ sets and forward thinking production, fusing the urban music world with house and garage, are propelling him to the attention of the major players in the music industry, as proven by his official remix duties on OT Genasis ‘Cut It’ and Yo Gotti ‘Down in the DMs’.
His ‘Hotline Bling’ Remix has amassed over 2 million plays, and countless downloads to boot, which helped James in going viral by way of the music identification app, Shazam. With this, and gaining major support throughout the roster of BBC Radio One, James had pretty much got everyone’s attention, sealing club shows including Sankeys, Ibiza, BCM, Mallorca, Surrender, Las Vegas and Proud, London. Heading into 2016, James has already notched up an exclusive mix on Mistajam’s peak time show on Radio One, and appeared on Kiss FM as well as his major label remix duties. With the iHeartRadio Urban Remix of the year award to add to a fast moving and impressive resume, the name is living up to the hype.