10 Yrs of Krunk featuring Coki (UK / DMZ)
DJ Night .
Also with Oceantied.
For more details contact 08043723295.
Coki – the quiet man who makes a big noise, or “creatively one of the sickest producers of all time” as his production and DJ partner 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.
Indeed, until very recently, Dean Harris – his birth name – held down a 9-5 job, preferring to keep music as something that exists away from financial pressures. Ironic, maybe, for a man whose early 12” releases easily fetch £50 and more from avid collectors, and who can pack crowds of 2,000 into the DMZ sessions he occasionally still runs with partners Mala (the other half of Digital Mystikz), Loefah and MC Sgt. Pokes. But it says everything about an artist who has never sold out, never become jaded and still retains the same wide eyed excitement about music he had as a kid.
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.