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Digital Mystikz (Mala and Coki) are dubstep producers from South London.
Mala - producer, DJ, label owner and visionary best known for his contributions to the dubstep scene. But to people who have been touched by his music or moved by his DJing, he holds deeper place in their hearts. Through certain frequencies, his music carries a message that fundamentally connects people.
Mala began spreading this message from South London in the early ‘00s, when the dubstep scene was a tiny, ignored 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 one friend Coki and by adding two others, Loefah and St Pokes, they launched the DMZ night, the first club night to share dubstep on a wider scale.
As dubstep began to shift from tiny collective to national and then international movement, Mala was at the forefront of the wave, able to take his frequencies to ever increasing audiences and communities. 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.
Coki – the quiet man who makes a big noise, or “creatively one of the sickest producers of all time” as Mala puts it – has one of the most unusual career trajectories of any producer in electronic music. Although he is without question among the most influential musicians of the 21st century, although he has a good decade of classic tunes and thoroughly demolished raves behind him both solo and as half of Digital Mystikz, and although his fans include some of the biggest and highest-earning names in dance, from Skrillex to Skream, he remains two steps removed from the hustle and hype of the industry.
Growing up in south London suburb of Croydon, Coki’s passion was reggae and dancehall – something you can still hear shot through all his work – and even when his friends were more interested in jungle and garage, this remained his obsession. He had a peripheral involvement in the garage scene with he and his friend Mark Lawrence – Mala – briefly forming an MC duo to perform at raves. However it was only when influential Croydon DJ and record shop buyer Hatcha, along with a few others, started garage into something darker, sparser and more bass-oriented – the sound that would become dubstep – that Coki found himself unable to hold back and he and Mala began making beats.