ABOUT THE ARTIST
From the suburbs of Columbia, MD, USA, Malik Karim Lomax tuned in at an early age to the sounds of the underground emanating from nearby Morgan State University Radio, where the “Strictly Hip Hop” show was broadcast every Friday night. He was weaned on a steady diet of rock steady beats that eventually led him to buy his own turntables and then secure his first DJ gig, a high school dance party that he turned out at age 14.
While attending West Virginia University in the mid-nineties, Malik firmly established himself as the in-demand resident at Elements, the area’s largest club, where he played to 1,500 revelers every Friday and Saturday night.
After graduating in 1999, Malik moved to Washington, D.C. where within a few months he was booked as a weekend resident at the After Hours Lounge at The Zei Club. Over the next several years, Malik’s talents for playing deep and eclectic house music sets secured him residencies at other well respected club spots in the area including Ozios, MCCXXIII, Harbour Club, Andalu, and Blue Gin, where he was the main weekend resident from 2004 until 2007. In 2002, Malik was flown to California as the featured DJ for the Golden Globe Awards Nominee After Party event in Hollywood California where he spun for the production team of the film “Y Tu Mama Tambien”, which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film that year.
After a brief working holiday visit to Bali, Indonesia in the summer of 2004, he made such an impression that he was asked to return during the winter high season that same year. Within one month, he was booked several times over at practically every notable club spot in Seminyak at the time including M Bar Go, Gado Gado, Liquid, Hu’u Bar and Double Six where was a featured prime time New Year’s Eve guest spinning deep progressive and vocal house tracks to a packed room of over 2500 revelers.
During this same stint, Malik flew regularly to Jakarta where he was the headline act at several Trigger Production parties held at Manna House, Bliss and the Jakarta Hilton Hotel for the “Activated Synergy” party which attracted the single largest turnout in the history of the city’s upcoming hip-hop scene. While in The Big Durian his house music skills were also featured at The Opium Room in one of the city’s trendiest nightclubs, Club Monaco.
Once back in Washington, DC, Malik wasted no time setting himself up as one of the area’s preeminent private function and charity DJs. From 2004 till 2009, high-end specialty stores Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue hired Malik as their main music source during various fashion promotion and charity events where he played a sexy and diverse mix of lounge, deep house, and Latin jazz infused house.
By 2007, noted jewelry giant Tiffany & Co. jumped on the bandwagon as well, hiring Malik for all their promotion and charity events in the Metro Area.
Malik was also hired several times by prominent local lifestyle periodicals such as Washington Life Magazine and Capitol File Magazine to play at their promotion and charity events between 2003 and 2007. The Capitol File events included a glitzy roster of exclusive affairs such as a soiree for Versace’s 2007 Spring/Summer Collection that celebrated The 2007 Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award; the after party for the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner held at the residence of Colombian ambassador Carolina Barco; an honorary event attended by several ambassadors from the African continent for supermodel Iman in honor of her humanitarian work as World Ambassador for the Keep A Child Alive program; the 2007 Salvatore Ferragamo Fashion Show at Neyla; and the 2nd Annual Grey Goose Best Bartender Contest 2007 held at the Hotel Palomar in Washington, DC.
Currently splitting time between Washington, DC and Bali, Malik’s latest residencies include his eight-year stint at L2 Lounge, an upscale members club in the posh Georgetown area of DC followed by his a 2008 – 2015 stretch at Co Co Sala, the city’s only “Chocolate Lounge & Boutique”, that won the distinguished RAMMY Award (Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington) for “Hottest New Venue” in 2009 and 2010, two years in a row.
Malik’s most recent musical ventures include a 3-year stint hosting an underground music radio show called ‘Strictly Butters’ on the island’s most popular internet radio station, Baliradio.net, where he dropped deep house on Thursdays and real hip hop on Saturdays. He also held down a drum n’ bass residency with DJ Paulina at the after hours Pyramid mega club for two years and in 2016 hosted his very own Saturday weekly party called ‘City Lights’ for several months on the upper lounge of Bali’s premier nightclub, Jenja, where he kept the dance floor pumping with his hip hop and r&b selections. Last but not least, Malik held it down in July 2016 at Canggu hotspot Old Man’s for a Secret Bali Sundays African party and while in D.C. in October he treated the crowd at the world famous 18th Street Lounge dancefloor to a deeper tech house set.