Dec 5, 2011

History of Dubstep

Unlike the general beliefs, the dubstep is not actually a music genre. It is a subgenre of electronic music. Unlike a serious genre, this one is relatively young. Over the last years, the fans decided it is the only subgenre of electronic music to be promoted. These days, it became the most popular style in this domain. The history of dubstep is relatively short and includes about 20 mentionable artists. It also has no message. It doesn’t transmit anything. Unlike some other genres people use to transmit a feeling, a state or a rhythmic base, a dubstep beat doesn’t suggest such things. It is a robotic genre that a lot of people cannot understand anything out of it. The fans think differently though.

The history of dubstep dates back to 1999, in the southern part of London. Some of the initial producers include Zed Bias or Steve Gurley. The term was more popularly used after 2002, around the Ammunition Promotions productions. It was also featured in a magazine. From that moment on, the term became the official name for this genre. Ammunition Promotions was also popular in the area for running the Forward>> club. The club used to host less popular artists from the London surroundings. It concentrated on a specific sound that slowly turned in what people know today as dubstep. The history of dubstep is also connected with a Croydon record shop, which used to sell rave and electronic music over the years, to switch to dubstep as soon as the genre became popular around the British capital. In its first years, the musical genre had to go through a lot of critics. An article in the popular The Guardian claims this music is strongly connected with the ketamine consumption, otherwise you cannot actually understand it.

By 2005, the dubstep managed to set itself up as a particular style. It was turned one side and another, fixed and updated in order to grow. Some of the names that helped during the dubstep formation include Skream, DJ Hatcha, Slaughter Mob and Digital Mystikz. The two compilations released by the Rephlex label were decisive for the dubstep to be accepted as a particular style. It was also referred to as eskibeat or sublow.

The next three years represented the actual growth of the newly created style. The music first spread around Europe and gained popularity pretty fast among the electronic music fans. Multiple DJs and electronic artists decided to implement this new style in their creations and they did it successfully. It only took a few years for the music to spread worldwide, while the English DJs went mixing throughout the world. DJ Mary Anne Hobbs is just one of the most popular samples, successfully hosting dubstep parties and ceremonies within the United States of America.

These days, the history of dubstep is still evolving. The style is still new and constantly growing. It is slowly gaining popularity among pop or rap artists as well. When names like Britney Spears, Rihanna or Snoop Dogg decide to include dubstep sounds in their productions, the impact of the new style is obvious on the current music industry.

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