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From Hated to “Wubbed”: A History of Dubstep


October 26, 2013

Posted by: Lauralie Ezra

Electronic music has always been under some scrutiny by the general public. Most people think it is purely rave music and loud bass. Dubstep doesn’t really seem to help that stereotype. However, dubstep wasn’t always like it is today. Today’s electronic music and dubstep have come quite far, evolving into something so much more than it once was.

First, let’s go back to someone who was considered a pioneer of dubstep: Luigi Russolo. He designed and constructed a number of noise-generating devices called “Intonarumori” and assembled a noise orchestra to perform with them. Unfortunately, the general public at the time hated his music.
Why is he considered a pioneer of dubstep then? Because, dubstep is all about taking any sound and breaking it down into it’s most basic components, and then creating music from that sound. It tries to break away from traditional instruments and create something new.

Luigi Russolo with his Intonarumori.

After Russolo, drum and bass became very popular. It wasn’t until 2002 that “wubs” were starting to make their way into the electronic music scene. However, dubstep wasn’t the main focus of the song. The dubstep of this time was more chill, creating low vibes and bordering along ambient.
It wasn’t until Rusko and Caspa started to experiment and create heavier bass lines in the London EDM scene. They would pave the way and bring their heavy sounds to American shores. They laid the foundation for American artists to begin experimenting with this new form of dubstep.

And this is where we get our dubstep artists of today. The most famous and successful being: Skrillex. Love him or hate him, he has no doubt had a huge influence on the spread and popularity of dubstep. His singles “Scary Monster” and “Bangarang” were hugely popular upon their release. Big names like Flux Pavilion, and Nero have also dabbled into the dubstep scene with great success.

As for how dubstep will evolve in the years to come, who knows? There are tons of artists now on Soundcloud and Youtube producing their own songs and experimenting with different forms of dubstep. For now, it seems the emphasis on huge, and harsh bass lines is not going anywhere anytime soon. There is still a chance for that one breakout artist to change the scene.