History Of Dubstep

Okay so, as many of you folks out there will know – I’m massively into my Dubstep at the moment and while I may have missed the boat – when it was at its prime. I’m certainly not too late to be having some fun with it and playing at a few gigs here and there. I was just browsing the internet this evening after coming home on my bike and thought I’d write a little bit of a history piece on this beautiful genre for you all – I decided to do this because it appears many out there are totally unaware of its British roots – something that I am personally exceptionally proud of.

Firstly, and I’m certainly not being patriotic here by any means, Dubstep was entirely founded in Great Britain – South London to be precise. The first signs of it as an individual genre were in the early 90’s and it was formed from a number of different genres, a form of compilation if you will. Now, I have to admit, when I first came across Dubstep I was not too impressed whatsoever – it seemed like a broken mix of garage, drum and bass and dub – filled with really low level sub frequencies. However, I’m so glad it bloomed when it did, because Dubstep became the true figurehead of underground music within the UK electronic music scene. The first genuine Dubstep track that I ever listened to was back in 2001 by Skream – I’m sure you will have all heard of this total legend. However, Dubstep was still well in its early roots at this time and it was not until the Radio 1 DJ John Peel started playing these tracks did Dubstep ever come anywhere close to becoming ‘mainstream music’. At this point it started to gather an audience all across the UK and people were listening to it in all forms of media; films, tv shows and of course on the radio too – a real step in the right direction for this revolutionary sound.

One of the biggest tracks, for me, that brought Dubstep to the masses was Skream’s midnight request line – a well renowned song in the scene, even today (Link is below for those who haven’t yet witnessed the beauty of it!). Towards the latter half of ‘the noughties’ (2000’s) Dubstep was becoming one of the premier genres in the UK and was potentially even the most popular genre to listen to in clubs wherever you found yourself. Not only that, but Dubstep also helped to revolutionise various other genres too and many people reported hearing various bars/synths/drops from Dubstep songs in techno/house tracks too – its influence at this point in time was truly widespread.

This was where Dubstep truly hit its peak within the UK and it was not long before there were huge murmurings in the USA too – in 2011, or around about that time, it was being played in clubs right across America and Spin Magazine produced a cover of various EDM tracks referred to as being ‘Brostep’ a (horrific) subdivision of the Dubstep sound. This is where it all ended for many people, however – people like myself, and many others, are still producing gorgeous tracks to this day and hope to bring the scene back to life in the near future. Keep your eyes open and your eyes peeled, this is going to be huge again one day!


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