Genre: Dubstep

A misunderstood genre – originally emerging as an evolution of Dark Garage in South London raves with the purpose of opposing Garage’s opulent sophistication by being more “real” to the lives of its listeners – Dubstep is now thought of by many to be “cringe” or “meme music” due to the adoption of the genre by Skrillex and other American producers. In the early 2000’s dubstep tunes were known for their deep basslines, 140bpm tempo and half-time drum patterns, giving the genre a deep, relaxed feel. Over time, dubstep began to incorporate more mid-end basslines and more sporadic, exotic-sounding synths. This newer form of dubstep was picked up by producers in America, creating a genre colloquially known as “Brostep”, the sound of which is often said to be closer to thrash metal than to Reggae and Dub, where the genre got its name. The poor reputation of Dubstep caused by Brostep made many of the founding producers of the genre to move away from Dubstep during the early- to mid-2000s.