Our sister publication LA Weekly
has an exclusive
with Dublab and Low End
Theory-affiliated DJ, Justin
. He was detained by Department of Homeland
Security authorities in May, after failing to honor a voluntary deportation notice
that he had signed over a decade earlier. Despite a Twitter
campaign to prevent the musician from leaving the country and holding various fundraisers for his legal aid, Kutmah was deported to England two weeks ago, after his detention in a
New Mexico processing center.
Born in Brighton, Kutmah revealed plans to play a big Brainfeeder London
show, and has been keeping busy with a radio show and recording music. Because of his abrupt detention and deportation, he was not able to take any of his belongings with him. "I've basically been living off three
t-shirts. It's like I'm camping," he says. Kutmah, who says his detention was a shock, says he did not expect the treatment he received.
I didn't have a criminal record and I acknowledge that it
was irresponsible to not have the proper paperwork, but I was treated
like a common criminal. They called where I was a processing center, but
it was like a prison. A 24 hour lock down. I was in there with people
who had been in there for 8 years, 16 years. I was a person who didn't
have the right paperwork, locked up next to guys boasting about their
crimes, about shooting this person or that person, and I was sitting
there wondering how it all happened.
The whole account of living in a detention center is riveting; read it all here