Sunday, 27 September 2015
4 PM
W Retreat & Spa, Bali
Jl Petitenget, Seminyak, Kerobokan, Bali

If one were to cast a template for a forty something man – footy, clubs, fashion, music, tribes – then it’s probably fair to suggest that Simon Dunmore might well provide its typical case study. Raised on a diet of music and clubs and the perennial disappointment of QPR (an underachieving English football team), Simon Dunmore has clocked up thousands of miles on street culture’s byways and boulevards.

These days, of course, he’s the man behind the enormously successful Defected Records, whose portfolio includes scores of Top Twenty hits, from Bob Sinclar and Soulsearchers to Kings of Tomorrow as well as myriad club bangers from the delicate deep house of Charles Webster to DJ Gregory’s Gallic brand of afro-house. Despite his avowed housentric take on dance music, however, Simon was not an immediate convert to the cause. “I didn’t get it at first,” he confesses. “I didn’t like the acid scene, the music or the fashion associated with it. The house I liked was stuff like Blaze’s ‘Can’t Win For Losing’ and Ce Ce Rogers, something with a bit of soul in it. That’s what eased the transition for me.” You can hear echoes of those early records in everything he has released subsequently.

And also Rae, she is that fairly unique dance industry combination of singer-songwriter, DJ, remixer and producer – a combination serving her increasingly well as her lively audience grows and expectations ramp up accordingly. Take Me Away’, her huge house single alongside bass titan DJ S.K.T on Atlantic records has become one of this summers anthems and hit #19 in the UK charts. Hype has rocketed and Rae has become common club land talking point. It’s a good job and not unexpected then that she has plenty more to come. Rae, and her multi-faceted talent is going nowhere.

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