Saturday Night: Digital Mystikz at Gritsy's 6th Anniversary

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Photos by Julian Bajsel
Digital Mystikz
Gritsy's 6th Anniversary Party feat. Digital Mystikz
Warehouse Live
July 14, 2012

Back in April, the Press ran a cover story about the rise of dubstep stateside, placing it next to the story of Gritsy, a local DIY promotions company that founded, and remains to run, one of the original dubstep parties in the country.

In the story, we're introduced to a number of the genre's characters, most notably Mala, a premiere European DJ often associated with the birth of the scene and described as "kind of like what Bob Dylan is to rock and roll" by Suraj Kurian, one of Gritsy's founders.

Saturday night, Mala, alongside his longtime group mate Coki (together they make Digital Mystikz), flew in to perform at Gritsy's sixth anniversary party. I went because, I mean, how many times are you going to get that opportunity? Some spark notes* from the show:

The term "spark notes" was created by a local rapper named Cuddy. Credit where it's due.

** Gritsy parties incorporate variations of a gigantic Wall of Bass, which is exactly what it sounds like (a wall of subwoofers, basically; it was created by AURA System). For this show, they set up the Super Wall of Bass, their largest, most powerful structure. You can hear that shit from Idaho.

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John the Third
** On account of it being their sixth anniversary, there were sixes everywhere; fliers, T-shirts, etc. The best: three large 6 mylar balloons tied to the rail between the upper section and the main floor, creating an ominous "666." Fortunately, no devil worshipping took place. Or, unless funny dancing is devil worshipping, in which case, yeah, devil worshipping like a motherfucker.

** Mala and Coki arrived to the venue just a few minutes before midnight. Let me tell you: I've covered some guys that JUST LOOKED COOL in the years that I've been here; Mala rivals them all.

You know that walk-away cock-strut that Dwyane Wade does after he makes a basket and gets fouled? Mala looks like if that was a person. If they sold Mala letterman jackets, he'd have sold 1,000 of those bitches by the time he walked from the back of the room to the front.

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Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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I was there!! I touched the wall of bass! Feeling that bass surround your body and vibrate it from the inside out is like a amazing addictive high! Ive herd the bass is so strong it can stop your heart n you can die but I diddint give a fuck!! It just felt so amazing and everyone was so awesome! GREAT atmosphere in that place!! I love that show so much!! 1st Gritsy show for me ever and according to my friends was the best one yet!!


Implying that people should not wear earplugs when being exposed to damaging frequencies is irresponsible macho bullshit.  You can FEEL bass so you're not missing out on the core of the sound, so wearing earplugs doesn't affect that and you don't go deaf from the high frequencies.  Evidently massive soundsystems do cause brain damage to writers though.

Amy Rose Grothusen
Amy Rose Grothusen

Gross. Just for clarification, at Gritsy - we get high on the music.

Shea Serrano
Shea Serrano

Julian, these pictures are great, man. Well done. 


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