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Wez Saunders

Resident Dj: Defected

Hi I’m Wez Saunders, Managing Director of Defected.

I started as a DJ  playing for brands such as Global Underground and Renaissance in the late 90’s. When I met my now wife, the pressure to conform (& a little pressure from the mother in law to be !) to get a “proper job” led me into a 12 year stint in investment banking.

After losing my brother to leukaemia at only 24, I took the decision to go back into what I loved, which is music, & started my own small record label. In 2014, after a discussion with Simon Dunmore when I was looking for a mentor, he offered me a job at Defected. I started in Club Promotions, then took on the role of Executive Director of the radio show, then Head of Marketing.

In 2017, the Managing Director of Defected left the business, and Simon asked me to step up to the position, which I have held ever since. We have pushed the brand forward massively on both the music and the events side, with the events, we have been busy this winter putting plans in place for the next 3 years. We are looking forward to the summer with Ibiza, Croatia & our London & European Festival activities creating huge interest, and we are taking Glitterbox to Australia, America & Dubai too.

After last years much loved Glitterbox & Defected nights in Ibiza, we have changed it up a little, with Fridays now being Defected at Eden, and Glitterbox taking the Sunday slot at Hi. Both will be supported by sunset strip pre parties at Mambo, which means we are doing up to 84 parties in Ibiza this summer!

Simon Dunmore is heavily hands on on the creative side, having final say on all music we sign to the label, all visual aspects of the brand, and curating the line ups and flow of the events, and I run
the rest of the day to day aspects, I have a great team reporting into me such as Marketing,

Operations, Events, Publishing, Art Agency, Finance and Payroll etc…we are always busy !!

We look forward to seeing you at our events this summer and check out our music catalogue for your fresh poolside listening.