Mala is a producer, DJ, label owner and visionary best known for his contributions to the scene known as dubstep. He started out in South London in the early ‘00s, when the dubstep scene was a tiny community of likeminded individuals, committed to exploration and imbibing of subsonic frequencies in locations like the record shop Big Apple, club Forward>> at Plastic People and pirate station Rinse FM. He formed production outfit Digital Mystikz with Coki and launched the DMZ club night with Loefah and St Pokes.
As the music began to flow, the DMZ label was born to share music on vinyl and now, years later, those records are viewed as foundational dubstep milestones. Tracks like “Learn” displayed Mala’s breathtaking and intuitive sense of rhythm, while “Anti War Dub” – played the weekend after the 7/7 London tube bombings – showed both Mala’s talent for uplifting percussive groove but his ability to express message and meaning through his music.
As dubstep began to shift from tiny collective toa an international movement, Mala was at the forefront of the wave. The Deep Medi label was formed and began showcasing likeminded production talent from beyond the DMZ stable, releasing to date, 58 12” vinyl singles and 7 artist albums. Mala himself released his longplayer “Return II Space.” His music has been used in major motion pictures (“Children of Men”) and he has had the opportunity to remix and connect with likeminded artists from other movements like NYC’s Francois K, Moritz Von Ozwald from Basic Channel, Grace Jones, and Lee “Scratch” Perry, amongst others. This year he launched his new night System.
Friday, 24 Oct
01:30 - 02:30
Dom Im Berg
Deep Medi Musik