One of Los Angeles’ most innovative, artist and DJ, Justin “Kutmah” McNulty of Dublab, needs your help now. He is facing involuntary deportation in the state of New Mexico, and as much as LA wants him to stay right here, Kutmah wishes to be here as well, in the city where he has developed his craft, while guiding so many others along his path. A quick personal story, I met Justin in 2002, through a gig unveiling Scion to Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Auto Show, ever since then I watched him grow into a great artist on the Los Angeles DJ circuit, and it would bug me out every time I saw one of his groundbreaking sets, which were never short of PURE DOPENESS. On the real before I ever heard of Flying Lotus, Daedelus or Gaslamp Killer, I knew who Kutmah was. It was only right that he appeared to be a valuable asset to each one of their careers as well as so many others.
The fact of the matter is, there are millions of immigrants here ‘illegally,’ Kutmah has been obviously singled out in this particular case, but must we send away progressive minds from this land without giving him the opportunity of citizenship? Here are some background facts from the case, as well as ways you can help…
“Kutmah was born in the UK to an Egyptian mother and Scottish father. He moved to the US with his mother when he was 12 years old.
They immediately applied for residency to keep them from being sent to Egypt. As a British citizen the court ruled that he would
be able to live in the UK which in their eyes wasn’t such a bad place. They denied their application.
Kutmah and his Mom returned to court to plead their case 14 years ago when Kutmah was 20. They were again denied a green card and
were urged to sign a document stating they would voluntary leave the US.
On Wednesday morning, May 5th armed agents entered Kutmah’s house and detained him. He was brought to a facility in downtown LA where
he was interrogated. On Thursday he was moved to New Mexico. We need to show how important Kutmah is to the LA and US community.
Please write a letter and spread the word!”
For a letter template that you can customize, as well as ideas of where to send them, and an online petition that takes seconds to fill out, please visit www.freekutmah.com. All letters are to be sent to Gaby Hernandez, firstname.lastname@example.org, who has been compiling them and giving them to Kutmah’s attorney.
Here is a continuous mix clocking in just under 80-minutes that Kutmah gave me in 2005 (it has stuck with me ever since). It is titled “The Sundown Beatdown”. Though it was recorded at least five years ago it sounds very up to date, just to show how far ahead of his time Kutmah is and has been as an artist.
Download Here: DJ Kutmah (under the weather) – The Sundown Beatdown *
*Note: This particular post is a call to action…If you choose to download this outstanding mix, please donate via monetary or in the form of a letter, in order to help Kutmah’s case to www.freekutmah.com. Please spread the word.
Link to L.A. Times Music Blog: Pop and Hiss regarding the case, with commentary by Daedelus, Gaslamp Killer, etc.