Dubstep (pronounced ‘dub-step’) is an ever-evolving genre of electronic dance music created and played by Dubstep musicians from the United Kingdom. The birth of the music can be dated back to the early 90s, when DJs from around Europe were tuning into the rave beat at rave parties. At the time, the sound had an abrasive, distorted nature that was unique to its genre. It was characterized by drum beats with a dark, dub-like tone and a sense of urgency that made the music seem as though it was coming straight from the “underworld.” Fast forward several years, and Dubstep have grown into one of the most popular music genres on the planet with millions of listeners.
Today, the sound of dubstep can be heard everywhere. Many clubs in the United Kingdom feature it as an original sound element in their mixes. YouTube even has videos going viral of DJ’s playing old dubstep tracks. The sound is unique because of the complex beat patterns and the intricate percussion that it is created with. This form of music is often characterized with thick, heavy bass sounds combined with hi-hat and other hi-tech percussion. Other popular music genres like rap and techno use similar instruments but there are fundamental differences in the sound that makes each of these music unique.
One of the key elements of dubstep that sets it apart from other dance styles is the use of a strong, dark tone. These tones are often heard in the background during high speeds and are often present in distorted recordings created by Dubstep producers. The sound of dubstep can also incorporate other sounds to create an overall effect. Different producers add different elements to their recordings to give them a dubstep vibe. Sometimes the tempo is slowed way down or the pitch slightly raised.
Another way that the sound of dubstep has developed is through sampling. Dubstep producers will insert drum samples into their electronic dance music to give it a dubstep feel. Sampling is a common practice in hip-hop and popular music but it is becoming more prominent in electronic dance. Many producers like to add a loop of a vocalist or guitar to their tracks to give it a dubstep feel.
Dubstep can also be mixed with other styles of electronic dance music. For example, a hip-hop producer might add a kick drum sample to his beats. A heavy bassline could be mixed with dubstep for an upbeat sound. Producers also take advantage of compression and sampling on almost every beat in their tracks. Even the sound of water hitting the drums can be incorporated into the sound of dubstep.
Most Dubstep producers are self-taught and use computers to make their beats. The sound is generated using a series of effects plug-ins known as “Dubs”. They can be downloaded for free from internet sites or they can be purchased for a fee from any good audio editing software. These plug-ins are responsible for much of the versatility of dubstep and its wide appeal.
Dubstep has been around since the early to mid 90’s but has gained popularity in recent years. It is one of the many types of electronic music that are taking the world by storm. Many Dubstep producers are in the music industry with names such as “Waters Edge”, “Pomst” and “Turbo Chamber.” Some of these producers have become top in their field due to their creativity in adding new sounds and textures to dubstep.
Many clubs now offer a designated area for electronic dance. This is especially true in larger cities where it is difficult to find a regular place that playing electronic dance music. Many clubs now have designated areas specifically for electronic dance. You will more than likely hear all sorts of electronic music playing at these venues. Make sure to check one out soon if you are looking for a club to go to with friends on a night that you want to have fun.