Simon Dunmore




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Simon Dunmore

Simon Dunmore has created a unique legacy championing the house music scene he loves.

From promotions / A&R at Cooltempo Records, working with acts such as Adeva, Juliet Roberts and River Ocean, he moved on to run AM:PM. The label delivered quality from the likes of Ultra Nate, Mousse T. and Heller & Farley.

Defected, launched as an independent in 1999, has constantly crossed over club tracks, from the label’s debut release by Soulsearcher, via the likes of Roger Sanchez, Bob Sinclar, and Storm Queen, to CamelPhat & Elderbrook’s inescapable ‘Cola’. Alongside the hits have been club classics from the likes of Kings of Tomorrow, Âme, Tensnake, MK, Pete Heller’s Big Love, Masters at Work and Dennis Ferrer; and timeless dancefloor fillers from an international array of artists.

Defected has adapted to the ever-changing music industry landscape, successfully managing the switch to downloading and streaming; and quickly realising the possibilities of digital marketing and social media.

Since 2014, Glitterbox has reintroduced flamboyance to the Ibizan summer. It is central to Defected’s position as a world class events outfit, also encompassing touring worldwide; Ibiza residencies since 2005; the Croatia festival, celebrating its 5th edition in 2020; and Defected London FSTVL, launched in 2019 to mark the label’s 20th year.

Winner of the 2012 International Music Summit’s Outstanding Achievement award and 2019 DJ Awards’ Outstanding Contribution award while being hugely in demand as a DJ, Simon shows no signs of slowing down. Defected is now moving into the media world – always adapting and evolving, while remaining true to the company’s core message: House Music All Life Long.

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Before there was Ultra Music Festival, there was The Winter Music Conference, the annual coming together of the dance music tribes. Miami in March is a fundamental place to be from a business perspective, and has always given me endless opportunities for discovering new partnerships and talent. WMC brings together the dance music industry and surrounding culture like no other event in America. I’ve been attending WMC for nearly 20 years, and I’m very much looking forward to experiencing its evolution in 2019.

Matt Colon

Director, North America - YM&U Music

The Winter Music Conference represents a chance for Beatport to connect directly with our customer community. Having a strong conference means we have a platform to embrace the entire spectrum of electronic music culture. We are proud to support the resurgence of this great event.

Jonas Tempel

Beatport, Co-Founder

I’m so glad to see WMC rebooted with such thoughtful content and first-class curation. It’s been a long time since the industry had a must-do American event and this is it. The reborn WMC!

Patrick Moxey

Ultra Music

WMC is and has always been the lifeblood of the dance music scene. Never missed a year since ’96, I can’t imagine Amsterdam Dance Event or Ibiza Music Summit existing without the blueprint that WMC originated. Seeing this revived is absolutely essential to reunifying the North American scene surrounding electronic music and its fringes.

Tommie Sunshine

Producer/DJ/Activist/Netflix Host

Miami has always been a place I’ve considered home and WMC was essential for me and the label in many ways. From showcasing our new music to keeping up with all the new artists and releases. It was the official kickoff of the year and I’m happy to see it thriving again.

Louie Vega

DJ/Vega Records