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Rewind on a less normal experience

Less home office, more house groove. Europe’s top DJ’s streaming direct to your dancefloor, powered by Defected Records and Opel Mokka.

On April 9, we celebrated the electrifying launch of new Opel Mokka with a Less Normal Experience. Opel teamed up with Defected Records – the most influential UK house music label of all time, dedicated to the finest house tracks, artists and festivals. Together we hosted a virtual dance party with six of Europe’s hottest DJs playing six hours of sizzling beats from London, Marseilles, Chicago, Berlin and our hometown Rüsselsheim. If you missed out, simply hit the link below and rewind on a Less Normal Experience.

What a less normal experience is all about

People from all walks of life, together as one
Get excited for an inclusive virtual dance party, a coming together of Opel Mokka’s Less Normal spirit and Defected Records’ mantra that In Our House We Are All Equal. Streaming live from six iconic locations across Europe, this Less Normal Experience brings you six hours of international club hits curated by six top DJs from Defected Records. Buckle-up as the beat drops. 

A less normal partnership

What unites Defected Records and Opel Mokka.

The world’s already got enough normal, new or otherwise. When we built the bold and pure new Mokka it was clear it was anything but ordinary. We teamed up with folks sharing the same attitude to leaving normality in the dust – that’s where Defected Records came in.


James Kirkham, Chief Business Officer at Defected said: “We’re looking to do things differently; by leveraging music as the common denominator to millions, we’re giving modern consumers new routes into the Opel brand, launching a vehicle like the Opel Mokka in a truly exciting and engaging way. By simultaneously releasing our club remix soundtrack from the TV spot and embedding it onto promotional assets - all leading to our virtual launch party, Less Normal Experience - we’re flipping the traditional marketing script and showing how the power of music can work way beyond a mere sound sync.”

How it started x where it’s going

It's a new dawn, it's a new day.
The first hint anyone got about A Less Normal Experience was Opel’s high-energy collab with Defected Records on the new Opel Mokka TV spot. Combining the best of legacy and modernity, the highly emotive, explosively brassy rework of Nina Simone’s classic Feeling Good was the perfect soundtrack for Mokka: fun, young-minded, electric and innovative in all respects. It’s still racking up streams on Spotify, setting the tone for the whole Mokka campaign and your own Less Normal Experience.

The Line-Up

London. Marseille. Berlin. Chicago. Rüsselsheim.

From across Europe, from across the Atlantic, and all the way from our own front room, we have the sounds and sights for the ultimate party vibes on this LESS NORMAL EXPERIENCE.

Melvo Baptiste (London)

Good times glitter

Born into a dance music dynasty and raised on a strict diet of soul, funk and disco, Melvo knows how to start a party. A founding line-up member of Glitterbox, syndicated on over 40 radio stations, Melvo regularly rocks the house at festivals around the world and he joined us from Defected London HQ as our host and first DJ of the Less Normal Experience. 


“It’s been such an amazing event to be a part of, I’ve really enjoyed working with Opel and I hope everyone has as much fun watching the event as we did creating it.”— Melvo Baptiste 

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Folamour (Marseille)

Sundowner Get Up
Folamour exploded onto the scene with his first mixtape in 2015, going on to establish his own label and releasing his debut album Umami in 2017. The French DJ spikes his disco with raw house groove, pouring laidback soul into pure club vibes. Folamour lifted us all outta lockdown with a Riviera sundowner set at Le Baou de Marseille. Play his highlights reel for a preview of this blockbuster performance.  
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Sam Divine (London)

Bringing The Defected House Down

From playing sets in her mum’s shed to headlining the world’s biggest clubs and festivals, Sam Divine is a giant of the UK house music scene. Sam Divine rose alongside Defected Records to hold down residencies at Pacha, Mambo, Amnesia, Eden and Ushuaïa and she queued up the second set of the Less Normal Experience direct from Defected HQ.


“It was so dope to be asked to be a part of the Defected X Opel collaboration! Music has been so important in the current situation we have found ourselves in, we have adapted and overcome! Opel are keeping it moving on the road.”— Sam Divine 

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Purple Disco Machine (Berlin)

Berlin Beats Are Back

German DJ Purple Disco Machine is the man behind countless remix smashes for A-list fans like Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa, Gorillaz, and Jamiroquai. He continues to electrify every playlist he lands on and we were thrilled to have him as a headliner of our Less Normal Experience. Check out his highlights reel and preview his exclusive set of bold and pure beats playing out into the Berlin night.





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Gorgon City (London x Chicago)

Every City’s A Gorgon City

Gorgon City became industry superstars with a unique blend of bass-driven house. Staying true to their UK garage roots, Kye and Matt are known for spinning bright vocals over darkly tropical rhythms. With pulsing four-on-the-floor basslines, they spelled double trouble for A Less Normal Experience via their transatlantic link-up spinning the best of both worlds.


“It's a pleasure to be part of such an exciting collaboration and event. We always love performing for Defected and we're really happy with the way our set has turned out. The line-up is amazing, so it's an honour to be involved!”— Gorgon City 

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Ferreck Dawn (Rüsselsheim)

An Instant Classic

Out with a bang. Ferreck Dawn lit the fuse on the epic finale of our Less Normal Experience from the Opel Classic Garage in Rüsselsheim, Germany. Famous for bringing the house down, we brought him home to raise the roof.


From Defected Records HQ in the UK to Opel HQ in the heart of Germany, we hope you’ve enjoyed this less normal celebration of the all-new Opel Mokka as we hit the road for a test drive near you. Book one yet? 


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The All-new Opel Mokka

Want to know more about the all-new Opel Mokka? Select your location and discover all the details now.

Meet the fresh new face of Opel. The all-new Opel Mokka makes a bold statement with its sporty design lines and iconic Vizor available in long-ranging electric and efficient petrol and diesel drives. The detox experience continues inside with the revolutionary Pure Panel providing an uncluttered digital dashboard and instant connectivity, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Fully intuitive with the latest technology on board, modern German engineering puts the future of driving in your hands. Charge ahead of the pack in the all-new Opel Mokka, the purest expression of Opel’s new design philosophy.