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Dubstep | My take on Dubstep today in 2010

by JM on November 18, 2010

I’ve been following the music called dubstep for quite some time now. I’ll be frank with you, I’m nobody. I’m just observing what I see and telling you how I personally feel. This is from someone who has been listening to the music, going to shows for the past 3-4 years, and ultimately my take on what’s going on right now.

I was actually introduced to the music from listening to the West Coast producers. One of the first dubstep tracks I heard was from White Boi. Considering when I find something I like I need to know everything about it and master it. The bass wobble and sounds are what captured me. I dug so deep and discovered everything I could find. I listened to Mary Anne Hobbs Dubwars show at least 30 times when it came out and Benga’s essential mix. Burial hypnotized me like he did to the rest of the world. I keep diving in deeper and deeper. I made sure to never miss a Plastician show on and chat it up with them on MSN asking for track names and following every label and release. It consumed me finding dubs and names of upcoming producers.

Fast-forward 3 years now and honestly I try to stay away from playing any dubstep. I definitely do and there’s no question that I’ll probably never stop but its different now. Money and greed have entered the picture.

The average person who uses the term dubstep is most likely into what is really filth, aggressive, dirty, bro, etc… dubstep. Everyone thinks it’s some sort of joke when the term Brostep is used. Yeah laugh it up because it’s true. Point your gun fingers, drink the cheap beer, dance around insane, rage, and create mosh pits of madness. Take a step back and you’re looking at frat house breeding ground. We all like to have fun but this isn’t where it was when the music first got coined dubstep. People can’t stand labels but they MUST exist. How is it that you expect everything to fall under one name? Don’t take offense to subgenres even if it’s called filth or brostep because that is the perfect word for it and it becomes the name for the subgenre. People don’t want it to stick because they don’t want to admit to themselves they part of the trend and doing/playing what everyone else is into. After all God forbid it not be underground or indie. All you who doubt it go to a Borgore or Rusko and look around at the crowd and you think about all this.

Future bass, post step, deep, etc… Are all these new names any different from when it first started?! Names need to be made so when I’m talking to someone about a particular sound they know a general idea of similar artist. If I use dubstep people think Datsik, Excision, Rusko, Flux Pavilion, Nero, etc… What if I’m talking about Mala, Horsepower Productions, Pinch, etc…? See what I’m talking about. Dubstep has evolved into many other categories and that’s very GOOD.

Evolution needs to happen.
Now why am I writing this all? It’s because the genre of dubstep has blown up! Rusko’s involvement with Britney Spears on her name album will escalate everything to a new mark in time. The mainstream is catching on. I’m begging you people stay in this for the LOVE of the music. Dance around, enjoy yourself, spread the love, support your local artist and djs, & most of all don’t give into the bullshit. There are many people who are going to try to make a buck off all of this. Stay true to the music and don’t do it because you want to be famous, popular, or make money. I see it more and more susceptible to all this. If you’re going to get involved set yourself apart and do something different. To make this bigger and better it means bring your own take not want everyone else is doing. Be original.

I use to be so bitter about the whole community. I’ve let out my frustrations but figure it would be best that they be documented. At the end of the day I want to see more passion and genuine people looking to get involved because they just want to help further along the evolution of everything not because they see the money and fame behind it. We all want to be rockstars but seriously the real ones never made it long term if that’s what their focus became.

What’s my take on Dubstep? Evolve already!
Bring more originality to the table. It’s dying to be recreated.

Ps: One last thing. If things haven’t changed than why is that I have yet to see a brostep set on all vinyl… quality control people. quality control.

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  • November 18, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    That was a really well thought out post. Though I’m not sure I entirely agree with you when you say that things changed when greed and money entered the picture. You can’t discount how easy technology makes it for just about anyone to start making music. Now combine that with the rising worldwide popularity of a new underground music movement AND how relatively easy it is to produce a dubstep “wobble”. Audiences at a nightclub are looking to party and go crazy. It’s not surprising that midrange bro-step got so popular. It’s loud, raucous and unrelentingly energetic. But there’s just TOO MUCH out there. It’s all noise and no substance now. No differentiation.

    This is the result of an inevitable influx of new (amateur night) dubstep that flooded the scene. A lot of these artists were so absolutely in love with this new style of music they just had to be a part of it. Hell, even big name DnB producers were changing their style to dubstep because it was so infectious.

    It’s still relatively rare for “big” name producers to be making truck-tons of money off of dubstep. I’d still argue that most people getting into producing their own tracks aren’t doing it for the money.

    I don’t listen to much dubstep at all anymore either for the same reasons as yourself. If I do it’s probably going to be some old Vex’d or Vaccine. I’m really looking forward to hearing more artists experimenting with the sound and finding a good balancing point between ferocious basslines, and deep cavernous dub spaces though.

    And you can be damned sure I’ll be pushing my own sounds to explore that new frontier..

  • November 19, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Very well written, as the creator of the “Brostep Forum” I aimed to take this bastardization of something that I enjoy immensely head on, and honestly am shocked that the term has begun to be embraced.

    Great article, these sentiments need to be spread to the dubstep community at large.

  • November 19, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Great post. Literally the exact same thing with the improper association happened with Techno 8-10 years ago. When you ask people about Techno they think Moby and Tiësto. Unfortunately, neither are REAL techno, just forks of the genuine kind (Juan Atkins, Derrick May to even people like Adam Beyer and Chris Liebing).

    Similar things happening to dubstep now and I have to explain to folks what I mean when I’m going to a “dubstep party”.

  • a reader
    November 19, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    THANK YOU for a real post. I’m tired of this crap that goes on at shows and with this music. It’s becoming so exclusive and so many DJs have said to me personally that they just want to meet the right people to be famous. And that’s not what this should be about, but when/if it begins to move that way, you can be 100% certain that I will not have any part in a fake music community. I know this does not go for every DJ, but there are many who see this industry as a way to sleep with a lot of women, party constantly, and produce shitty music all at the same time.

  • anon
    November 19, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    That’s exactically how I feel. The stuff on rub a dub dub sure isn’t the original dubstep sound. No subase, wobble, etc. But just because it’s different doesn’t mean its bad. Just because its mainstream doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t listen to it. Sure there’s terrible stuff out there nowadays, but there’s also good stuff that shouldn’t make you hate the entire genre. Most of all, the explosion of the dubstep genre is amazing. Its great the more people are just enjoying the music and it’s evolution.
    Arguing over definitions and fighting to preserve the purity of a genre ends up only killing it.

  • JohnCall
    December 17, 2010 at 12:05 am

    This purist ideology that has been offered and seen as jealous contempt/elitist rhetoric from the U.K. only serves to separate and alienate the very evolution you offer as a solution in this writing……kind of like conservative politics in the states, stifling progressive action to insure the rights and protections of the working class……..sure the foundation of dubstep came from the U.K. in the form of chilled out ghostly, dubbed out neo-dub/reggae beats……yet it has evolved….into what the Brits jealously call “Bro-step?”…..let evolution occur…..and if your culture/society couldn’t take it to the next level then just do what some previously famous Brit musicians advised…….just “Let It Be”……..

  • Danial
    December 28, 2010 at 2:59 am

    “When you ask people about Techno they think Moby and Tiësto. Unfortunately, neither are REAL techno, just forks of the genuine kind (Juan Atkins, Derrick May to even people like Adam Beyer and Chris Liebing).”

    Sorry but I don’t think Moby should be equated with a talentless hack like Tiesto. And if you think Moby is untalented, perhaps you’re quite unaware of the US rave scene he helped pioneer back in the early 1990s and onward. You can’t possibly say that ‘Next To The E’, ‘Go’, and ‘Ah Ah’ are not classics in the realm of electronic dance music now, do you?

    And if you doubt Moby’s skills, perhaps you should check out the XLR8R mix he did back in June containing all old school rave anthems from the early 1990s, such as Awesome 3’s Don’t Go and T99’s Anasthesia as well as Altern-8’s Frequency.

  • December 28, 2010 at 3:17 am

    haha at the last line of the article, do they even make brostep on vinyl? and if they do, the kids who WOULD buy it use serato anyway and dont understand what a real record is unless its timecoded or auto beatmatched….

    i must be the only person in the world who isnt and never was impressed with burial… i know it isnt meant to be club music, but even just chillin at the house, i cant get into it…

    for the record i like and spin all of dubstep’s sub-genres and off-shoots, even in the same set, so stop the genre wars and spin what you like!!!

  • January 4, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I’m from Northern California, where pretty much every town is a small town. When I started hearing that other people had even heard of Dubstep, it gave me hope. I’ve been into everything electronic since I first saw light ballasts at a skating rink. When nobody else was into it. I don’t feel like all these kids getting into something new and trying to be part of it is a bad thing at all. I myself am rather young (23) and I mess around and make dubstep and dnb and various uncategorized electronica like anyone can. I don’t make Brostep, but I must be honest, where I’m at that’s popular. If that dies out, fine, but I don’t think it will kill the genre. Progress like that leads to people like me having a way to make electronica their life, and perhaps their livelihood. I’m not trying to get rich, I just like making music. It’s fun to feel cool and everything, but really its more fun to trip people out efficiently. I, for one, hope sincerely that those who dance with us in this emerging tribe remember that purity is something spiritual, not something static and solid. Good and bad isn’t like necessary and unnecessary. Change is always necessary even if sometimes it’s bad. Stagnation cannot lead to good, and statistically it has tended to be almost a catalyst for the whole spirit of “selling out”. Who else will make dubstep in the future but fans?

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