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Skream, a popular dubstep DJ and producer, from Croydon UK, performing live in 2006.

Dubstep is a genre of music that started in South London. It draws influence from 2-step garage, dub, drum and bass, grime and reggae. A popular dubstep producer Skrillex changed the genre into something much heavier with more growls, gritty basslines and fat sub-basses.

Since then, the dubstep scene has changed a lot with dubstep going from the underground genre that it was to a mainstream one. It has been played on big festivals, like Ultra Music Festival and Lost Lands.

Characteristics[change | change source]

Dubstep is usually instrumental. Its tempo usually ranges between 138 to 150 beats per minute. Many songs have two bass drops, where a switch of rhythm and/or bass line occurs and usually follows a recognizable build section and break.

A style of Americanized, heavier and aggressive form of dubstep is referred to as brostep, which has become very popular. It was started by Skrillex..

Popular artists[change | change source]

  • Zomboy
  • Moonboy
  • Skrillex
  • Datisk
  • Excision
  • Code:pandorum
  • Evilwave
  • Infekt
  • Squnto
  • Herobust
  • Wubbix