May 4, 2019 @ 9:00 pm – 1:30 am America/Los Angeles Timezone
Speak to anyone with an interest in dubstep about their favourite producers, and it’s likely that work of Mark Lawrence, AKA Mala, will eventually get mentioned. It wasn’t always this way. As with most of the other producers sculpting the sound in its early years, his story begins in the London borough of Croydon, where he visited the now defunct Big Apple record shop to get his musical fix and get the lowdown on developments from scene godfather and store clerk DJ Hatcha. His passion was a full-time gig. Lawrence was employed as a youth worker, getting kids into music production by day, and burning the candle in his own studio by night, cranking out the tunes that were to announce his presence on the scene in a big way throughout 2004. Following on from the first Digital Mystikz release via Big Apple’s in-house label, Mala, Coki and Loefah launched their DMZ record label. As the label progressed, the trio started to develop their own distinct sounds—Loefah with his minimalist halfstep, Coki’s wild mid-range oscillations and Mala’s deeper, dread-infused rollers. But while each has undeniably stamped their own individual mark on the dubstep psyche, it’s Lawrence who has enjoyed the most crossover success due to his both his consistency and versatility within his own musical sphere.