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Part of the Neo Violence takeover
dMIT.RY is just as keen to describe himself as an “electronic music enthusiast” as he is a label head or DJ, which says it all: the Czech has spent almost a decade putting the scene before all else. Neo Violence’s rapid rise could be put down to the power of the internet, but it wouldn’t have got very far without Dmitrij Malyšev sinking in countless hours trawling SoundCloud and YouTube. Alongside the demands of an international roster of artists and regular sets in clubs across Prague like Neone and Cross Club, he still finds the time to curate a solid stream of releases, mixes and event tips from beyond his own projects and label nights on the Neo Violence Facebook page.
Despite Neo Violence’s now-global span, dMIT.RY’s project was forged from frustration with his local scene. After cutting his teeth in what he calls Prague’s golden age of clubbing in the early noughties, he found himself lacking an outlet once the city’s appetite for dance music lost wind. Neo Violence was the name given to his first residency in a small club, starting around 2009, but it wasn’t long before he looked for other ways to nurture the scene, starting a music feed on Facebook supplying free downloads from local producers, and establishing Neo Violence as a fully-fledged label in 2014.
dMIT.RY’s hopes for the Czech scene are far from fulfilled. Prague’s clubbers are hooked on EDM and the cheesier end of DnB, and underground music survives ad hoc nights dotted among commercial offerings, with no dedicated clubs for heads to come back to – something he sees as essential if things are not to fizzle out once again. For now, though, he’s happy to keep sharing, and his four selections for Watch the Hype are suitably all about local talent – “because for some reason things that are going on here are still overlooked by the outer world”. We can’t think why.