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

Dubstep (also known as dubstep remix or remix dubstep) is a genre of music that started in South London, it drew 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
  • Skrillex
  • Datsik
  • Excision
  • Code:Pandorum (now INHUMAN)
  • Evilwave
  • Squnto
  • Herobust
  • Wubbix
  • Wooli
  • Kompany
  • Spag Heddy
  • Midnight Tyrannosaurus
  • Subtronics
  • Barely Alive
  • Modestep
  • Riot Ten
  • BadKlaat
  • 12th Planet
  • Black Tiger Sex Machine
  • Borgore
  • Dirtyphonics
  • Doctor P
  • Eptic
  • Flux Pavillion
  • FuntCase
  • Cookie Monsta
  • Kill the Noise
  • Knife Party
  • Panda Eyes
  • Seven Lions
  • Trivecta
  • Slushii
  • Virtual Riot