Thursday 26 October | 6PM AEST on Physical Radio
Superstar Sam Divine for the BBQ Radio Show 233
A born entertainer with a burning desire to play music to people around the world, SamDivine’s enigmatic sets are an effortless schooling in pure, unadulterated house. Fromher early days as the sole member of the Defected street team in Ibiza to fronting their radio show and now headlining some of the world’s biggest clubs and festivals, TheFirst Lady of Defected, has become an intrinsic part of the UK house music scene.
The seeds of Sam’s DJ career can be traced back to a pair of belt drive turntables and abattered Numark mixer set up in her Mum’s shed; a pirate radio show broadcast fromher bedroom using ‘borrowed’ equipment from the local college and MSN Messenger,and time spent expanding her musical knowledge working at Spin Central in herhometown of Weston-super-Mare and Chemical Records in Bristol.
A chance encounter with then Defected Radio host, Aaron Ross, in Notting Hill in theearly 00s, led Sam to Ibiza where she quickly became an integral figure in the West End.Since then she’s played at some of the island’s biggest clubs year upon year, holdingdown residencies at Pacha, Mambo, Amnesia, Eden and Ushuaïa, and sharing spacewith some of the greatest names in dance including Frankie Knuckles, Master’s At Work,MK, DJ Spen, KiNK, Sandy Rivera and The Shapeshifters.
Sam launched her own highly successful imprint, DVINE Sounds, in 2015. To date, thelabel has seen 58 releases, helping to propel talented up and coming artists into thespotlight. Her own foray into production began with a remix of the classic garageanthem ‘Flowers’ that proved a hit, reaching the top spots on Traxsource and Beatport.A remix of Amira’s 1997 garage hit, ‘My Desire’, followed in 2019. In 2020 DVINEcelebrated its fifth birthday with the label evolving as a brand with events, boat parties, astage at We Are FSTVL and a return to ADE.
2019 was a year of firsts for Sam with her debut appearance at London’s Printworksvenue, where she returned on New Year’s Day alongside her Defected crew. InSeptember she was invited by Radio 1 tastemaker Pete Tong to record a covetedEssential Mix – a true marker of how far her career has come. 2019 also marked Divine’sfirst Mixmag Lab NYC set. All this on top of touring globally, playing 21 festivalsworldwide, an epic gig at the top of London’s iconic Tower Bridge and raising over£40,000 for Breast Cancer Research through her charity D-Vita. December also saw thereturn of 2019’s sold-out Openers tour with Sam playing all night long across two weekends in December.
Despite spending the majority of 2020 in lockdown, Sam took the bull by the horns andexcelled with her livestreams with her infectious energy, reaching her ever-expandingfanbase from all corners of the globe. Sam sold out all the socially distanced parties sheplayed throughout the Summer, one of which sold out in a record time of 7 minutes.Sam shows no sign of slowing down in 2021 with a number of Defected parties alreadyin the diary, a return to the festival circuit, an Australasian tour and solo tours throughoutNorth America and Canada. 2021 also brings new music in collaboration with AustralianDJ and producer, Kormak, as well as a new EP on her own label. With her passion anddedication to her music beyond doubt, Sam Divine is a musician who will continue toevolve and grow.