Dubstep… One of the fastest growing types of music in the world. In order to help you understand the origin and to inform you on how its created, we will examine the history of where Dubstep originated from, Major Dubstep DJ’s, and different characteristics of Dubstep. The history behind Dubstep was first intened to have more bass in electronic music in 2002. It started in a town called Croydon, England. There isn’t really anyone who actually created this type of music because there is different types of dubstep music, and it became so popular and has evolved and grown so much.
According to udubstep. com, the history of Dubstep is thought of have evolved out of “Jamaican dub music” and other soundsystem cultures, from 1999-present. The Jamaican soundsytems stressed disco-type dounds with reproduced bass frequencies underlying. Dubstep rose to different varieties of reggae music that had music features like sub-bass, 2-step drums and distortion effects. Sub-bass is where the frequency is less than 90Hz, which is really really deep.
The development churned out the modern British sound of “jungle”, “garage”, and now “Dubstep”.
The origins of Dubstep from 1999-2002, Ammunition Promotions, whom run the clud “Forward>>” are considered to be the first people to use the term “Dubstep” to describe the type of music. The club, located in Soho London, was just instrumental music starting to get the format of Dubstep music because it was the honestly the only venue at the time that was dedicated to playing this genre of music. “Forward>>” had ran a radio show on “Rinse FM” that was hosted by a DJ called Kode9 who was to promote new music. 003 came along and a DJ by the name of DJ Hatcha had changed the direction for dubstep on Rinse FM. Using 10 inch dubplates to create a dark, clipped, and minimal sound that is used largely in the dubstep you hear today. Also during the year of 2003, an event called “Filthy Dub”, which started happening frequently allowing a few popular DJ’S such as Skream, Benga, N Type, and Cyrus to make debuts. Around this time, others such as Mala and Coki, Digital Mystikz, started to combine reggae with yet another form of dubstep that had the sound of orchestral and jungle sounds.
Loefa and Sgts. Pokes began to manage the club DMZ in 2005, along with “Forward>>”, it was considered one of the most influential clubs in London. 600 people forced the club to move dubstep into the main room, the music still continues to accelerate and change. After BBS radio DJ Mary Anne Hobbs gave attention on a national circuit across the United Kingdom. After it spread across the United Kingdom, the clubs in New York, San Francisco, Tokyo, and Barcelona started to have Dubstep become apart of their nightly music genre.
As of 2007-Present, the influences have spread to help commercial market with artists such as Brittany Spears, who is adopting the sound in newer tracks. In 2010, dubstep songs like “I Need Air” by Magnetic Man started hitting the pop charts in the UK. Undoubtedly, the 2010-2011 period was one of the most notably on the dubstep music scene, where progressive artists like Flux Pavilion, Noisia, Bassnectar and Zeds Dead began to redefine the traditional dub sound with progressive artists like “Knife Party” (pictured above) rule the modern dubstep world increasing portions of mid-range bass and vocals.
In a nod to more universally-accepted club music, these new artists have begun to bridge gaps between progressive house and traditional UK Bass to form more high-powered mixes that hinge on the increasingly-used “drop” of a track. The age of social media has allowed almost anyone to have access to at-home production studios. More independent artists join the arena every single day, and so dubstep has never been as far reaching with many artists searching for their first big hit. Some of the Major Dubsteps include Skrillex, which is an American electronic musician and singer-songwriter.
He’s known for his songs Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites, Kill everybody, Rock n Roll, Reptile, and My name is Skrillex. Another major Dubstep artist is Tune Up! , which is an Italian Dubstep group known for the songs, Forever Young(club mix), Ravers Fantasy, Colours of the Rainbow, Feel Fine, and Dance Dance. Basshunter is a Swedish electronic/pop Dubstep, who has an album of songs that creates a story in the order of; Now You’re Gone, All I Ever Wanted, Angel In The Night, I Miss You, Every Morning, and I Promised My Self.
Dubstep’s early roots are in the more experimental releases of UK garage producers, seeking to incorporate elements of drum and bass into the South London-based 2-step garage sound. These experiments often ended up on the B-side of a white label or commercial garage release. Dubstep is generally instrumental. Similar to a vocal garage hybrid – grime – the genre’s feel is commonly dark; tracks frequently use a minor key and can feature dissonant harmonies such as the tritone interval within a riff.
Other distinguishing features often found are the use of samples, a propulsive, sparse rhythm, and an almost omnipresent sub-bass. Some dubstep artists have also incorporated a variety of outside influences, from dub-influenced techno such as Basic Channel to classical music or heavy metal. Dubstep rhythms are usually syncopated, and often shuffled or incorporating tuplets. The tempo is nearly always in the range of 138-142 beats per minute, with a clap or snare usually inserted every third beat in a bar. In its early stages, dubstep was often more percussive, with more influences from 2-step drum patterns.
A lot of producers were also experimenting with tribal drum samples, an example being Loefah’s early release “Truly Dread”. In an Invisible Jukebox interview with The Wire, Kode9 commented on a DJ MRK1 (formerly Mark One) track, observing that listeners “have internalized the double-time rhythm” and the “track is so empty it makes [the listener] nervous, and you almost fill in the double time yourself, physically, to compensate” Today, I told you about the history, a few Major DJ’S , and a little bit about the different characteristics of Dubstep.
Cite this Dubstep History
Dubstep History. (2016, Oct 30). Retrieved from https://graduateway.com/dubstep-history/