One of the most popular electronic dance music genres is dubstep, which features deep basslines and heavy use of drums and synthesizers to create an intense experience for its listeners. Those in the dubstep genre include Excision and Zeds Dead. These artists bring in tens of thousands of fans to their shows worldwide, making it one of the most popular EDM genres around. This guide will tell you everything you need to know about dubstep so that you can be part of this great scene too!


What is dubstep?

Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, England. The term was coined in 2002 to describe an offshoot of UK garage which had gained popularity at the sound system parties and underground scenes as a darker, more drum and bass/techno-influenced style. Dubstep producers have been responsible for pioneering new sounds within electronic dance music over recent years. Most notably these artists include Excision, Flux Pavillion, and Skrillex.

Excision

How did it become so popular?

First off, it’s one of the most diverse genres in electronic music, allowing artists to create a variety of subgenres based on their own musical tastes. Next, there’s a wide audience for dubstep. After all, if you don’t like moving your body while dancing (and when do you ever not?), why would you listen to or create EDM? And if you do like your dance music with lots of bass—say hi to dubstep!

Zeds Dead

What does ‘dub’ mean?

Dubstep is a fusion genre that evolved from UK garage, drum and bass, and grime. It was popularized by Excision and Zeds Dead who helped shape and develop a subgenre called Bass House. Dubstep is primarily instrumental music but also features samples from pop songs at times as well. Drum and bass elements are prevalent in dubstep often resulting in aggressive sounds creating an intense listening experience. The word ‘dub’ originates from Jamaican slang meaning to ‘add vocals’ or ‘to make better/improve on something. This is why vocals are almost nonexistent in dubstep while they are widely present in other electronic dance music genres such as house or trance. Instrumental tracks provide listeners with euphoric experiences where vocal-led tracks produce more upbeat bangers.

Who are some big-name producers in the industry?

Excision, Doctor P, Skrillex, Zeds Dead, Flux Pavilion, Bro Safari, Zomboy, and Subtronics. Some artists choose to record songs digitally while others produce their tracks using old-school analog equipment, but it seems to be a preference on their part as they are both equally well received by fans.

Skrillex

Famous artists and biggest festival

A big reason dubstep is so popular is that, as its name suggests, it’s a fusion genre. Dub and drum & bass have had widespread popularity for years. Now that artists like Excision and Zeds Dead are breaking through with their own labels Subsidia and Deadbeats, the genre is expanding even more. Not only does dubstep incorporate other genres, but it also has one of the most diverse audiences in all of EDM. No matter your age or gender, you can find a song you love in dubstep. The biggest festival for dubstep lovers is Excision’s Lost Lands festival.

Lost Lands Music Festival

Where do you go to listen to it?

Many people listen to dubstep on SoundCloud, which is a site for listening to music. However, some people like to get their music from YouTube. Some dubstep artists have channels on YouTube and a lot of their music is free to listen to there. Other people also go on YouTube just to watch remixes and live covers done by other YouTubers. Depending on what you are interested in you could check out any or all of these websites. All three are popular sites that everyone has access to and I know you will be able to find something you want. The best way to experience dubstep is through live music, so be sure to follow Party Guru for updates on all things live music!

Photos by Party Guru Press, EDM.com, and Lost Lands Music Festival


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