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One half of the revered dubstep duo Digital Mystikz, producer, DJ, label owner, and Londoner Mala discovered reggae in his teens, but it was a later fascination with drum'n'bass and jungle that opened his eyes to the possibilities of rhythm and bass. Thanks to jungle's love of sampling different genres, Mala was turned on to jazz, funk, and other genres while returning to reggae, where he chose dub master Augustus Pablo as a role model. He spent the early 2000s spinning dubstep around London and on pirate radio station Rinse FM before hooking up with DJ Coki and forming the production duo Digital Mystikz. After the addition of two more friends, Loefah and Sgt. Pokes, the quartet formed the dubstep-focused DMZ club night, which evolved into the DMZ label. Throughout the 2000s and beyond, Digital Mystikz and DMZ proved to be pillars of the underground dubstep scene, with everyone from John Peel to Gilles Peterson showing their support. Peterson became close friends with Mala, signed him to his Brownswood Recordings label, and accompanied Mala on a rhythm-finding trip to Cuba. After recording some Cuban musicians, Mala brought the recordings home to South London and added his touch to the basic tracks. Brownswood released the results in 2012 as Mala in Cuba.


  • 03.25.17 RT @residentadvisor: Tomorrow we take over fabric's iconic room 1 for #LondonONAIR. 100 spots on the door from 7 PM. https://t.co/ESy6j6D4Ug
  • 03.24.17 RT @residentadvisor: Mala, Midland, The Black Madonna play Birmingham party Leftfoot https://t.co/IyCBQKWgOr https://t.co/F5EgVukTvz
  • 03.23.17 RT @electricbrixton: First release tickets now SOLD OUT! Get yours quick: https://t.co/0puV6iEsOn @iambenga @mala_dmz @commodomusic @LEVELZ…
  • 03.23.17 RT @electricbrixton: 24 HOUR PRESALE! @mala_dmz (DMZ / DEEP MEDi) & @iambenga (Magnetic Man / Tempa) B2B for the 1st time @deepmedimusik ht…
  • 03.22.17 A real honour you could make this happen! 🔥🔥🔥 https://t.co/YC7uAQbLPk
  • 03.22.17 27 MAY 2017 - 🔊🔊 Tickets go on sale tomorrow ✌🏽️ @iambenga @LEVELZMCR @commodomusic @neuronproaudio… https://t.co/Osdw64buHj
  • 03.22.17 RT @womp_blog: nice @NinaKraviz dropping @mala_dmz on @TheLotRadio rn!! https://t.co/fxCYgSNVlK
  • 03.17.17 RT @brownswood: Brownswood are 10! Here is a bundle of some highlights of the last 10 years chosen by @gillespeterson https://t.co/WTGMCl08…
  • 03.17.17 RT @residentadvisor: Italy's Terraforma adds Gas, Mala, Auroral Halal for 2017 https://t.co/nbN8DZv24m https://t.co/Cgb1gvFmSh
  • 03.14.17 RT @HospitalityDNB: .@mala_dmz will be bringing @deepmedimusik for a very special Deep Medi Meets Roots of Jungle stage takeover! https://t…
  • 03.13.17 RT @Plastician: Amazing looking back on this now and everyone still at the peak of their powers 13 years later https://t.co/NcRLYkGFmS
  • 03.13.17 RT @deepmedimusik: gratitude to the artists and everyone that locked in❣️ if you missed it: https://t.co/WwhZCX9jRS @RadarRadioLDN http…