If someone thought that Dubstep is ‘the music of the future,’ they may have thought poetic. Fat beats; Crisp bass; Fast times; all these characterizes the genre called dubstep. If you’re driving, you better get a car that’s easy to learn to drive or to master. Dubstep can make you step on the gas and forget about taking care or looking out for people crossing.
The beats and all have an origin, like any other music. Here’s what is known about the electronically-charged music called dubstep.
Drum and bass created it
Have you ever wondered why dubstep has all those fast beats and thick bass lines? It all came from the drum and bass multiplied up to at least 175 BPM. It’s a main characteristic of rave music and that’s what dubstep essentially is—the evolution of rave music. Breakbeats, heavy bass, as well as a few sub-bass lines make up the rest of the body.
It was created in UK
Just like the origins of fresh, initially made rock and indie music, dubstep was created in a garage. To be exact, it came from Croyden and was first sold by music outfit Big Apple Records. The first sub-genres sold were Jungle (DnB), Progressive House, and Techno. A collaboration between owner John Kennedy, Arthur (Artwork) and DJ Hatcha proved to be the catalyst for it.
The term ‘dubstep’ actually got its roots from Reggae. In there, we have a sub-genre called dub music. It is a term that means to ‘have more bass and drum beats’ in the music. As such, when someone says ‘dub it,’ that means more bass and drums should be added. It also became its own genre; ‘bass and drum’ eventually paved the way for dubstep.
Step refers to the tapping rhythm found in music. When someone tells you to ‘take it up to four’, they’re telling you to create a 4/4 signature for the music. In electronic music, this translates to the speed at which beats come; when you’re playing the drums, you’re usually the one who controls the time. That’s where the step in dubstep comes from.
It has remained underground for forever
If you’re wondering why there’s more dubstep in clubs and never more in the mainstream, it’s more because of the scene’s willingness to embrace the underground. The fast beats and double-time aren’t as commercially viable as songs with clear lines and timing. Skrillex had to collaborate with other artists to break into mainstream consciousness, but so far, it still remains a strong underground scene.
It is slowly emerging from its shell
While it has been underground for quite some time, the existence of fat beat, lyrical songs made by Skrillex with other artists is enough evidence that dubstep is poised to take off. More and more artists have come out with their own versions. Calvin Harris, David Guetta, and Zedd are only a few of the said artists that have come out and created dubstep versions of their own.
Dubstep is yet another creation of the need of people to create and listen to great music. Music is universal, and continuously evolving. It’s only a matter of time before it undergoes another evolution yet again.