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Research into dubstep music

  1. 1. Research into Dubstep musicIvan Bailey-Wilson
  2. 2. Origin’s and evolution of dubstep• Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, England. Itemerged in the late 1990s as a development within a lineage of related styles. The earliestdubstep releases date back to 1998, and were usually featured as B-sides of 2-step garagesingle releases. These tracks were darker, more experimental remixes with less emphasis onvocals, and attempted to incorporate elements of breakbeat and drum and bass into 2-step.In 2001, this and other strains of dark garage music began to be showcased and promoted atLondons night clubs. Throughout 2003, DJ Hatcha pioneered a new direction for dubstep onRinse FM and through his sets. Playing sets cut to 10" one-off reggae-style dubplates, hedrew exclusively from a pool of new South London producers—first Benga and Skream, thenalso Digital Mystikz and Loefah—to begin a dark, clipped and minimal new direction indubstep.• At the end of 2003, running independently from the pioneering FWD night, an event calledFilthy Dub, co promoted by Plastician, and partner David Carlisle started happening regularly.It was there that Skream, Benga, N Type, Walsh, Chef, Loefah, and Cyrus made their debuts asDJs. South London collective Digital Mystikz (Mala and Coki), along with labelmates andcollaborators Loefah and MC Sgt Pokes soon came into their own, bringing sound systemthinking, dub values, and appreciation of jungle bass weight to the dubstep scene. DigitalMystikz brought an expanded palette of sounds and influences to the genre, mostprominently reggae and dub.
  3. 3. Growth of dubstep• In the summer of 2005, Forward>> brought grime DJs to the fore of theline up.Building on the success of Skreams grimey anthem "MidnightRequest Line", the hype around the DMZ night and support from onlineforums (notably ) and media, the scene gainedprominence after former Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs gathered topfigures from the scene for one show, entitled "Dubstep Warz", (laterreleasing the compilation album Warrior Dubz.The show created a newglobal audience for the scene, after years of exclusively UK undergroundbuzz.Burials self-titled album appearing in many critics "Best of ..." listsfor the year, notably The Wires Best Album of 2006.The sound was alsofeatured prominently in the soundtrack for the 2006 sci-fi film Children ofMen which included Digital Mystikz, Random Trio, Kode 9, Pressure and DJPinch.Ammunition also released the first retrospective compilation of the2000–2004 era of dubstep called The Roots of Dubstep, co-compiled byAmmunition and Blackdown on the Tempa Label.
  4. 4. Dubstep today• The influence of dubstep on more commercial or popular genres can be identifiedas far back as 2007, with artists such as Britney Spears using dubstep sounds;critics observed a dubstep influence in the song "Freakshow", from the 2007album Blackout, which Tom Ewing described as "built around the wobbler effectthats a genre standby.“ Benga and Cokis single "Night" still continued to be apopular track on the UK dance chart more than a year after its release in late2007, still ranking in the top five at the start of April 2008 on Pete Tongs BBC Radio1 dance chart list. However the year 2009 saw the dubstep sound gaining furtherworldwide recognition, often through the assimilation of elements of the soundinto other genres, in a manner similar to drum and bass before it. At the start ofthe year, UK electronic duo La Roux put their single "In for the Killin the remixhands of Skream. They then gave remix duties of "Im Not Your Toy" to Nero andthen again with their single "Bulletproof" being remixed by Zinc. The sameyear, London producer Silkie released an influential album, City Limits Vol. 1, onthe Deep Medi label, using 1970s funk and soul reference points, a departure fromthe familiar strains of dub and UK garage.The sound also continued to interest themainstream press with key articles in magazines like Interview, New York, and TheWire, which featured producer Kode9 on its May 2009 cover. XLR8R put Joker onthe cover of its December 2009 issue
  5. 5. What is brostep ? And Americandevelopments in dubstep• In 2011, dubstep gained significant traction in the US market by way of a post-dubstep style knownas brostep with the American producer Skrillex becoming something of a poster boy for the scene.In September 2011 a Spin Magazine EDM special referred to brostep as a "lurching and aggressive"variant of dubstep that has proven commercially successful in the United States. Unlike traditionaldubstep production styles, which emphasise sub-bass content, brostep accentuates the middleregister and features "robotic fluctuations and metal-esque aggression". According to SimonReynolds, as dubstep gained larger audiences and moved from smaller club-based venues to largeroutdoor events, sub-sonic content was gradually replaced by distorted bass riffs that functionroughly in the same register as the electric guitar in heavy metal.The term brostep has been usedby some as a pejorative descriptor for a style of popular Americanised dubstep, Dubstep puristshave levelled criticism at brostep because of its preoccupation with "hard" and aggressive soundingtimbres. U.S. and Canadian artists often drew inspiration from British producers who tended towork less with sub-bass and more with mid-range sounds such as Caspa and Rusko, andVexd.Rusko himself has claimed in an interview on BBC Radio 1Xtra that "brostep is sort of myfault, but now Ive started to hate it in a way ... Its like someone screaming in your face for anhour ... you dont want that." According to a BBC review of his 2012 album Songs, the record was amuddled attempt by Rusko to realign his music with a "Jamaican inheritance" and distance it fromthe "belching, aggressive, resolutely macho" dubstep produced by his imitators. Commenting onthe success of American producers such as Skrillex, Skream has stated: "I think it hurts a lot ofpeople over here because its a UK sound, but its been someone with influences outside theoriginal sound that has made it a lot bigger. The bad side of that is that a lot of people will just saydubstep equals Skrillex. But in all honesty it genuinely doesnt bother me. I like the music hemakes."
  6. 6. What type of dubstep will mymagazine contain ?• My dubstep magazine will be addressingthe type of dubstep seen on slides (4)and (5). I have chosen to look at this typeof dubstep because it is the most popularand the type of dubstep that I personallyenjoy the most and know the mostabout. Another reason that I chose thistype of dubstep is because a lot of theworlds most influential and establishedproducers are from the modern age andtime of dubstep.
  7. 7. My Top 3 artists at the momentZomboyOriginally from a background of more traditionalsound engineering, running his own recordingstudio, recording bands, artists, and gaining afollowing in America with his solo project “PlaceYour Bet$”, it was when he moved to Guildford, UKto study a degree in Music production at the ACMthat Zomboy discovered a new love for electronicmusic. Zomboy sites influences such asSkrillex, Reso, Rusko, and Bare Noize as the reasonhe wanted to dominate the dubstep scene.And dominate he has. His debut EP on Never SayDie Records smashed the beat port charts and wasin the top 5 releases of Dubstep for over 8 weeks.His tracks have been championed by heavyweightsSkrillex, Mista Jam, Flux Pavilion, and ModeStep. Injust 6 months his tracks have been licensed to over8 different compilations from Warner Music toMinistry of Sound. His original productions andremixes regularly clock up over a million views onYouTube and he has officially remixed for top 40artists DJ Fresh (Hot Right Now) and Nadia Ali(Pressure).
  8. 8. Knife PartyKnife Party is an Australian electrohouse duo founded by twomembers of the drum and bassband Pendulum; Rob Swire andGareth McGrillen. Theyre based inLondon, United Kingdom
  9. 9. Pegboard Nerds Pegboard Nerds is an electronicmusic duo consisting of AlexanderOdden from Norway, and MichaelParsberg from Denmark.Alexander Odden & MichaelParsberg has over 20 years of EDMknowledge from sub genres likeTrance, House, Euro dance, Electroand Techno. They first met in 2005and joined forces. Over 200 remixesand more than 100 productions hasbeen carefully executed over theyears. After many years of producingand remixing establishedartists, Alex and Michael decided tostart their own project, and createdPegboard Nerds in 2011.