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Introducing the Winners of 2018s Defected Mix Competition

The ballots have been cast, the votes in, and we can now reveal the winners of this year’s Point Blank x Defected Mix Competition. We had more entries than ever before this year and more than we even hoped for so firstly we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to apply and send us your mixes. With almost 600 entrants, it required almost a month of man hours to listen to all of the mixes, and we enjoyed hearing them all. After whittling the list down to a final shortlist of 10, it was over to the famed A&R department at Defected to decide which three mixes would take the podium and which overall winner would win a slot to play at this year’s Defected Croatia festival alongside the likes of Basement Jaxx, Derek Carter, Honey Dijon and Masters at Work.

Without further ado – here are the winners:

  1. Vin Postega
  2. Lambert & Handle
  3. DJ TQ

When we contacted the winners to let them know how they had got on, we asked them to tell us a bit about their mixes and what it means to win. Read on to find out, and to listen to each mix in full.

Vin Postega

With a love of all things groovy, Vin Postega moves through house, disco, soul and jazz in his sets, with a few curveballs thrown in for good measure. His winning mix managed to nicely represent modern house music while retaining a classic feel, and of course just sound fun – one you could instantly imagine against the stunning backdrop of the Adriatic.

On winning, Vin had this to say: “Winning the Defected Competition and playing among all of my heroes is absolute a dream come true!”

Keep up with Vin on SoundCloud.

Lambert & Handle

Having met in Poland after many years of DJing and working in music individually (Handle worked at Ultra Records in New York and Lambert was first released as far back as 2000 on Sony Records), these two veterans joined forces in 2016 under their shared love of disco and of course house. On their Defected mix they said the following.

“We have been fans of Defected since its early years. It is our big dream to get signed by Simon’s label one day. Our goal was to deliver at least 18 quality house tracks in the set, carefully building the track order not forgetting about harmony, cool more obscure tracks to mix together. The set opens with our own edit specially revised for the set, it grows along the whole time, from the groovy, summer vibes to tech themes. It reflects some of the gigs we’ve played in Poland recently. We really enjoyed working on it.”

Lambert & Handle are on SoundCloud.

DJ TQ

Hailing from NYC and infusing his Caribbean roots, hip-hop influence, and soulful style into his sets, along with the spirit and energy of his home city, T.Q. has spent most of his career putting his own spin on drum and bass. With hundreds of gigs under his belts a more innate connection with the dancefloor has been cultivated, and in recent years T.Q. has turned his attention to the world of house music, and on the basis of this mix, we won’t be surprised if he takes that game by storm too. Here’s what he thought of the competition and his entry:

“They say the 3rd time’s the charm, well for me it was four because that is how many times I recorded my entry for the 2018 Defected x Point Blank Mix Competition. I’ve spent over 200 USD simply on gathering tracks. Being that I’m in commute for most of my day (via subway, LIRR, or car), I have time to listen to so much music. I pay attention to what Sam Divine (and her occasional guest DJ) plays – I wanted to be sure that I didn’t include any of those tracks in my mix and bring as much originality and emotion to your headphones as possible. This was the most challenging and rewarding part of the entire competition.”

Follow DJ T.Q. here.

Vinculum

Honourable mention goes to vinculum, who’s genre-bending set was a favourite among the listeners here at PB.

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Mix Competition: Win a Set at Defected Croatia 2018 with Free Flights & Accommodation

Calling all DJs! Is 2018 the year you see yourself sharing a bill with some of the biggest stars in dance music? Point Blank and Defected have teamed up once again for a very special competition which gives you the chance to land a dream DJ gig, and we’re looking for the freshest DJ talent to submit their best mix efforts in the form of a one hour mix. The prize up for grabs? A slot on the Pontoon Stage at Defected Croatia 2018!

The winner will see themselves featuring alongside some of the most illustrious names in house music, including Basement Jaxx, Derrick Carter, Masters at Work, Todd Terry and many more! See below for full details on how to enter. The deadline for entry is 15th May so we suggest you get cracking as soon as possible.

The lucky winner will play at Defected Croatia 2018, happening 9th-14th August. Flights and accommodation for two nights will be supplied, so all you have to worry about is getting your set together and enjoying the sunshine. For two runners-up there are also two DJ slots up for grabs at a Defected event in London later this year.

Note that you must be 18 or over to enter – take a look at our full Competition Terms and Conditions before entering. The deadline for entries is 15th May 2018, and we will announce the winners by 28th May 2018. Happy mixing and good luck!

HOW TO ENTER

Step One: Record and upload your mix to Mixcloud

  • Prepare and record a 60 minute mix. Musically this should fit with Defected’s ethos of high quality house music.
  • Upload your mix to Mixcloud, adding the full tracklist and using the cover art provided above.
  • Name the mix “Defected x Point Blank Mix Competition: Your Artist Name
  • Tag your mix ‘Defected x Point Blank Mix Competition’.

Step Two: Share your mix on Plugged In

  • Note that you will need to be registered in order to submit your mix. For those not already registered, you can do so below or via this page.
  • Once you’ve recorded your mix and are ready to share it from Mixcloud, head to the Tracks page of Plugged In, then select Add Track to get started.
  • On the Add Track page, simply paste the URL of your mix into the ‘track URL’ field, and name the mix accordingly. You must also select ‘Competition’ under the ‘select category’ field for your entry to be eligible (see below).
  • Once you submit your track, it will now be visible when you filter in our ‘competition’ category within the Tracks channel. You’re all set!

JUDGING

All entries will be listened to and judged by the Defected and Point Blank listening panel. Entrants are encouraged to promote through their social media channels to maximise the chances of them proceeding to the shortlist stage. Our panel will then judge the shortlisted mixes based on:

  • Votes and listens on Plugged In
  • Track selection and curation
  • Technical ability
  • Originality
  • Flair and creativity

Remember, the deadline for entries is 15th May 2018, and we will announce the winners by 28th May 2018. Check out the full line-up below and don’t forget you can buy tickets at defected.com/croatia

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PB x Defected Mix Competition 2017: Winner Announced!

With so many fantastic entries, it was always going to be a difficult decision. However, we are glad to announce our winner for the 2017 PB x Defected Mix Competition! Francesca Rose will be heading down to Defected Croatia 2017 to play a set representing Point Blank on the Pontoon Stage, joining a stellar line-up that features  Basement Jaxx, Roger Sanchez, Julio Bashmore and more. Check out her winning mix:

Honourable mentions to the two runners-up, R3wired and Proper Soul, who will both play at a London event TBC! You can listen to their mixes below.

For those thinking about heading to Croatia this summer, find out more about Defected Croatia 2017 right here and check out the line-up below.

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