Wubs and Chubs: The Dubstep Movement

One would be hard pressed to find a high school or college nowadays without a Dubstep following. For the nine of you out there that don’t know what Dubstep is allow me to explain:

Dubstep, a subcategory of electronic dance music, is characterized by deep reverberating bass (some might say overwhelming), frequent and repeating drum patterns, sampled clips, and occasionally vocals. Basically take any techno song, and imagine it getting ferociously attacked by a subwoofer, and out comes dubstep. The biggest and most important part of dubstep is the bass drop. You take a bass note, throw it into a black hole and whatever comes back out is your drop. Its science guys.

Though not a great example of dubstep in my opinion, it does a slightly better job of explaining it than I can…

So, whats it all about? Dubstep originated in the UK, starting as a small local movement around the early 2000s that grew over the next couple of years. The reason it grew so largely can probably be attributed to DJ John Peel who started playing the tracks on BBC Radio 1 around 2003. Back then it was known as “Grime” and still is in parts of the UK. As the movement grew, so did the fanaticism of its fans. If you went to a show where dubstep was playing, and you came back with all of your hearing, clearly the artist was doing something wrong.

Nowadays, you have big name artists (Snoop Dogg, Britney Spears, Rihanna) using dubstep sounds and even collaborating with dubstep artists. Kids all over the states and the UK are rolling through the streets with their $500+ sound systems getting slaughtered by artists like Skrillex (blew out his speakers when he played at the Showbox here in Sea-Town), Excision, Rusko, and Zeds Dead. It’s all very interesting though, Dubstep sort of symbolizes this age’s youth. Its a perfect example of our need to be bigger, better, or in this case, louder. Although I love to bounce to a nice dubstep every now and then, it’s hard not to feel a little ridiculous listening to it. The bass drops and aforementioned Wubs and Chubs of dubstep are just so overdone that is almost comical, but then maybe that’s how everyone feels about us kids.

Regardless, dubstep is one of those unique categories of music, where anything can be turned into a dubstep song. Literally, anything. Take any movie or song and add “dubstep” after in it youtube search, and odds are you’ll find something. For those of you that spend enough time on the internet to know what “Nyan Cat” is you’ll be pleased to hear theres a dubstep version of that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeGjTiUqw8U. Have fun trying to figure that out if you aren’t familiar with the internet’s favorite space-bound, poptart-encased, rainbow-excreting cat.

Lastly, my personal favorite example of dubstep: Butch Clancy’s “Russian Lullaby” with epic Inception footage to provide goosebumps a plenty. (I suggest watching on youtube, in fullscreen 720p)

P.S. Dont judge me, I have a soft spot for anything and everything that makes the windows and mirrors on my car shake. ❤


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