Freshers’ Week 2018 – Floor 5 – Day 3 – Sam Divine
September 3 - 10:00 pm - 3:00 am
DJ, A&R and Defected’s golden girl, Sam Divine is one of the UK’s most successful exports. An international DJ for the past decade, Sam has built a reputation as a party starter with the ability to hype any crowd. A relatively late starter, Sam began DJing at 22, making her breakthrough at a DJ competition that landed Sam her first residency at a club in Weston-Super-Mare. In 2005, after swapping Bristol for Ibiza, Sam quickly became a vital component of the White Isle’s club scene and has spent every summer season there ever since. In 2009 she signed to Defected records and a couple of years ago even found time to launch her own record label.
What got you into DJing?
I was quite a latecomer, most of my friends started DJing at 15 or even younger, I was 22. Three years later I did my first season in Ibiza. I got to listen to all my heroes on a weekly basis. When I got signed to Defected, that’s when I started warming-up for them. Artists like Kenny Dope, Frankie Knuckles (RIP), Dennis Ferrer, Junior Jack and Kid Crème. I’m really lucky that I had the opportunity to play with so many great DJs.
You’ve DJed in Ibiza for every season for over a decade. How did you get started?
I first went there on holiday in 2001. I was in Eden every single night. I loved it. I did my first season in 2005, DJing at Savannah, Hush, most of the West End bars and often for free or drinks. I got the residency at Hush in 2006, which you could say is when I went pro.
How did you get involved with Defected?
I was running a record shop in Notting Hill and the A&R guy for Defected at the time used to come in and buy vinyl from me. He introduced me to Simon Dunmore and the next year in Ibiza they put me on the Defected Street Team. I think they just made up the role for me. The following year, Simon told me they were going to give me a try at Ministry Of Sound on the warm-up slot — I played it and on the Monday I was signed to the roster.
Talk to us about the ethos behind your label, D-Vine Sounds…
We want to give a platform for artists that don’t necessarily have loads of followers on Soundcloud, or loads of fans on their Facebook pages, but are amazing artists. I guess it’s kind of like how Simon sort of plucked me out of the crowd — I was the one on the dancefloor singing all the words, I knew all the tunes; he recognised that passion. I want to do that for other artists. To give other people the opportunity that I had.
Final question… Ibiza or Vegas?