Has there ever been a genre of music as polarising of opinions as dubstep? Perhaps. But not that we can recall. Dubstep is one of those genres of music that people either love or hate. The love is all well and good, but the hatred is getting out of control. Hate is a strong word, but people’s negative feelings towards dubstep border on the kind of loathing reserved normally for only the most heinous criminal acts. People despise dubstep. Just take a look at some of the recent tweets we found to illustrate our point.
I hate dubstep so much holy shit.
— Joey Mercuri (@joemercuri) September 20, 2014
So I've decided I really hate dub step. That shit isn't music.
— City (@FelicityHane) September 18, 2014
I HATE DUBSTEP.
— Ororo Munroe (@GigiBleu) September 18, 2014
I really hate dubstep
— Broke homie Lau (@rarebre3d) September 17, 2014
I hate dubstep so much. I only listen to Trap & RnB.
— . (@leakyhoe) September 16, 2014
I hate dubstep more than anything
— chris sandoval (@c_sando7) September 12, 2014
This hatred is real and we all have to accept some of the responsibility for creating this situation. We’ve let dubstep become a monstrosity and we’ve done it in such a way as to shield people from the depth and nuances of the genre as a whole.
When people think of dubstep they think of candy ravers. Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with this, but for those of us who have lived through the acid house era (even if we were just kids then) and the Gatecrasher days and that long-forgotten time when Fabric wasn’t full of twats, it all looks a bit strange and superficial and detracts from the music.
But these are mere aesthetics. More troubling is this notion that dubstep is just random noise. We’ve allowed brostep to become the poster child of dubstep and with it, the essence of the scene has become muddled. We’re not criticising producers of brostep and similar styles of music — far from it. Look at Trollphace, Rekoil, Borgore and the like. They’re doing their thing and doing it very well. But there is more to dubstep than brostep.
Perhaps we’ve become lost in complexity of the sounds and the endless genres. But we defy anyone to listen to something like this and say it’s not a damn fine piece of music.
It’s 100 BPMs or thereabouts, so it’s not in the 140 range, but it’s an offshoot of dubstep. It’s not the kind of tune that’s going to receive widespread attention, although it is clocking up an impressive number of plays. It’s not brash. It’s not in your face. But it is beautiful.
As a collective, we aren’t doing enough to promote this kind of tune and this kind of artist. Here’s another one from earlier in the week.
The next time someone says they don’t like dubstep, educate them. They may not like a certain sound of dubstep, but when you get deeper into the music, when you start to listen to the history, there’s a wealth of knowledge to be discovered.
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Nov 01 – Constellation Room – Santa Ana, CA
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Nov 08 – Holocene – Portland, OR
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“The production process of ‘Say It’ was absolutely seamless. I produced the beat earlier this year [originally] with no intentions of doing anything with it — sometimes I make very different styles of music for total fun…I sent it to this vocalist I met on the Internet a few months prior, Sara Skinner…the first demo Sara sent back was absolutely GOLD. She did her thing, and she nailed it. Afterwards, I finished processing the vocal and engineering the beat, and thus, ‘Say It’ was born! – Crankdat.
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Jason Chen, Ak Benjamin, and Ysabelle all come together for this track that is full of chord progressions and melodic elements that these artists have become known for.
Check out the track below:
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