Bturn TV: Mala (Digital Mystikz) at Dimensions Festival

In an exclusive video interview, the DMZ boss tells us why dubstep is not a genre but a movement, what you can learn from working with kids and how he makes music with a hearing loss in one ear

Mala playing at Mungos Arena, Dimensions Festival (Croatia) / Photo: Dan Medhurst

As the winter season kicks off, we’re heading back to this summer’s first installment of Dimensions Festival in Croatia that hosted an insane line-up of some of the most sought-after dance music acts today. The list of artists who made us very excited is endless: Little Dragon, Mount Kimbie, Nicolas Jaar, Four Tet, Shackleton, Scuba, Mala, Joy Orbison, Kode 9, Gold Panda, Jimmy Edgar, Machine Drum, Theo Parrish, Moodymann…

It’s very rare to see festivals of this size putting so much effort in setting the perfect sound. It wasn’t a very easy task either, as the festival venue is actually an abandoned fort in the Adriatic wilderness around the village Stinjan somewhere close to Pula. This exotic location is probably the key point in attracting British and Scandinavian crowds who absolutely invaded the festival. It seemed a bit like the Brits are doing the festival for Brits, without too many local and regional visitors and/or acts. The only typically Balkanische touch was a slightly messy organization, which is absolutely forgiven and in the meantime probably forgotten since there were lots of great boat and beach parties along with beautiful weather to compensate for every exhausting night.

We bring you a video interview with Mala, DMZ boss and one half of Digital Mystikz duo. Although not very fond of cameras, Mala told us why dubstep is not a genre, but a movement, what you can learn from working with kids and how he lives and makes music while being able to use only one ear.

Camera: Nemanja Knezevic
Editing: Aleksa Maksimovic
Produced by BturnTV 2012