Defected Records and Maya Jama launch BACARDÍ Twitch series

The world’s most awarded rum brand has brought together iconic dance label Defected Records and DJ and presenter Maya Jama, to host a series of music events via interactive livestreaming service Twitch

BACARDI Maya Jama & Defected DJs Credit_ Danika Magdalena
BACARDI Maya Jama & Defected DJs Credit_ Danika Magdalena

BACARDÍ Rum announced the launch of BACARDÍ Spiced x Defected Presents: D-RUM Sessions, an upcoming series of live-streamed music events in collaboration with the iconic house and dance music label Defected Records. The live-streamed sessions, which are hosted on Twitch, are a first for the rum brand, which has a long history with music.

From October 22nd to November 19th, BACARDÍ Spiced x Defected Presents: D-RUM Sessions will be a five-part series live-streamed on Defected Records’ Twitch channel, including a bumper Halloween special. Defected’s Monki, Afro-house pioneer Kitty Amor, Glitterbox’s Melvo Baptiste, underground favorite and Moscow Records boss Archie Hamilton, house legend Spiller, and Club Bad founder Melé are among the stellar line-up.

BACARDÍ has enlisted the help of DJ, TV presenter, and BACARDÍ friend Maya Jama to provide an informal introduction to each session and artist. Streamed live from Defected’s recently launched, east- London headquarters, each BACARDÍ Spiced x Defected Presents: D-RUM Sessions will see a different artist from each of the label’s imprints be interviewed by Maya about the sounds and tracks that move them and how they like to spice up a party before taking to the decks to play an epic 90-minute-long set.

We’re so excited to continue to bring music and dance into the living rooms of rum fans through the BACARDÍ Spiced x Defected Presents: D-RUM Sessions and we couldn’t think of a better partner to collaborate on this project with than Defected Records. Most exciting of all, through partnering with both Defected and Twitch, we’ll be able to reach music lovers all over the UK and beyond.

Working with DJ and long-time friend of BACARDÍ Maya Jama to be the face and host of this jam-packed series completes the line-up. We can’t wait to see how Maya, La’Mel and all these incredible Defected artists spice up the party each Friday! – Federica Iaconetti, Senior Brand Manager for BACARDÍ Rum UK

Each session will be the ultimate party starter, with everything rum fans need to spice up their Friday evenings – spine-tingling sets from incredible electronic artists, interviews with their favorite DJs, and, of course, demonstrations on how to make delicious BACARDÍ Spiced cocktails right in their own living rooms. The series will be set in Defected’s newly opened HQ, which is equipped with cutting-edge technology for high-quality recording, live streaming, and content creation.


Defected is always looking for new ways to add value for our fans and further our role within dance culture – so this partnership with BACARDÍ is particularly exciting. Not only are both brands synonymous with throwing amazing parties, this collaboration allows us to engage with our Twitch community, delivering an exclusively curated series of unmissable shows – each brought uniquely to life by BACARDÍ.

We’re thrilled to be hosting this new series alongside six unique artists in what will be the very first branded activation from Defected’s recently launched headquarters – a brand new hybrid event which will bring together fans, artists and the BACARDÍ brand to create alchemic, unforgettable moments -James Kirkham, Defected Chief Business Officer

World-class bartender La’Mel Clarke (of the esteemed London cocktail bar Lyaness) will be on hand to show Maya and Co. how to perfect a selection of BACARDÍ Spiced cocktails inspired by the artists’ sets. BACARDÍ Spiced is a bold, smooth drink made with natural spices, perfect for mixing in cocktails or mixing with a classic mixer like cola or ginger beer while listening to the best dance music streamed directly to your home.

BACARDÍ Spiced x Defected Presents: D-RUM Sessions is the latest iteration in a long run of music activations from the rum brand. BACARDÍ leads the way with music experiences that give people the freedom to do what moves them and dance to their own rhythm, from hosting CASA BACARDÍ live shows on stages across the country to collaborations with world-famous artists.

On select dates, you can watch the BACARDÍSpiced x Defected Presents: D-RUM Sessions on the Defected Records Twitch channel.

BACARDÍ - Maya Jama (Credit_ Danika Magdalena)
BACARDÍ – Maya Jama (Credit_ Danika Magdalena)