Dubstep: Sounds of the Future

Dubstep artist VibeSquad

According to allmusic.com, dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music characterized by

overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals.

Replacing the sounds of legends like Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin, dubstep is completely altering the hippie music scene. During the hippie movement of the 1960’s you would often find live bands playing rock or folk music at festivals across the nation, but nowadays you will find one man at the center of it all, creating electronic beats and intense bass lines with as little as a computer and a set of turntables.

To those who don’t understand it, dubstep isn’t music, it’s simply an odd combination of electronic sounds. Well, if it “isn’t music” than what is the appeal and why is it sweeping the underground scene?

Dubstep began in London nearly ten years ago and originated from UK garage and grime music. Over the years this genre of music has slowly gained popularity, eventually making its way into the rave and festival culture.

Currently, you will find dubstep being played at most major festivals and/or dance events, and at these events you will find the dancefloor jammed with people completely lost in the music. The appeal of dubstep lies within the fact that the possibilities are endless, to its creator and to the dancer.

The DJ is free to create whatever mixes his imagination will allow, and as for the listeners, we are free to move our bodies however we feel necessary. For the followers of dubstep, this is where the true appeal lies. There is no specific dance style when dancing to dubstep, you just move your body however the beat moves you. Also, wherever dubstep is played there seems to be an unspoken understanding among listeners that anything goes. This means that you can dance however you like, you can dress however you like, and no one is there to judge you. Maybe this is why it has grown so popular among the hippie culture.

For those who don’t understand dubstep, it is likely that they have never let the bass vibrate through their bodies and the beats move their soul. It is a beautiful experience, and it only takes one time to get hooked on the dub.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. amberxrylie
    Oct 05, 2010 @ 18:14:08

    I find this very interesting because people ask me all the time What is it about raves? Or, what is it about the music? It’s kind of hard explaining why dubstep or electronic music is actual music to those who don’t understand. And I never really know the real answer.. I can completely relate to everything you said in this post and it has even given me a clearer understanding.. thanks!


  2. sammi1017
    Oct 12, 2010 @ 20:14:45

    Seeing as how I am a big fan of the dubstep movement, I found this blog extremely interesting! If you are involved in the underground music genre, dubstep seems to be sweeping the dance/music scene. However, I have found that outside of that scene, many still do not know about dubstep or understand what it is. I think it’s great to publicly display some facts about dubstep and share your opinion. I agree that it is much more than just electronic sounds- it is music.


  3. kymcnt
    Dec 11, 2010 @ 17:53:44

    I love Dubstep! It’s very interesting and you made a true statement when you said,”Wherever dubstep is played there seems to be an unspoken understanding among listeners that anything goes.” The first time I heard dubstep was at the Electric Daisy Carnival. I remember looking up and noticing that people were in their own little worlds dancing to the beats of Diplo. It changed my life forever and that is how I became such a huge fan of the music. This is a great post shining light on the genre of music. Glad you wrote it and I really enjoyed reading.


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