First off, dubstep is not electro house, nor is it even related to techno, rave parties or any pop music, for that matter. Dubstep began as a niche in the early 90′s that still exists – there are still followers of the ‘old style’ that mostly exist underground today. If you encounter someone who says they enjoy dubstep, they could be this kind of person, so don’t expect them to play some Skrillex for you, and certainly don’t expect them to start dancing to their music.
Most people would call original dubstep ‘experimental’ today, compared to what it has become. In the last couple years dubstep has been overhauled and melted together in the public scene with electro house and hip hop influences. Led by major artists and small artists alike, dubstep has become mainstream, and suddenly every college party you go to has dubstep playing at some point. With the help of producers like Document One and Skrillex, wobble bass has been applied to quarter-note house beats to create a new style of electro house with a bigger drop and more intense crowd reaction that most diehard original dubstep fans just call electro house with a wobbly bass.
And with the popularity of college music blogs that promote the genre equally among house and hip hop music, it’s pretty clear that people are accepting this new face-melting style. Although not many record labels are jumping on the bandwagon, music blogs like Stop Drop Rave are continuously promoting small-time dubstep artists to help them achieve recognition without a label, and many small-time music labels are popping up precisely to sign these artists.
So if you manage to find a party where dubstep is womping in the background, don’t be a noob about it. Just know that:
1) It’s supposed to be that filthy. Dubstep is about new sounds that catch you off guard, and if it grabs your attention and makes you wanna go crazy, then you are experiencing it correctly – just go with it!
2) It’s all about the drop. When you hear it building up higher and higher, just wait for it like everyone else. Don’t be that single person who is still dancing when the drop is about to happen – the whole room is about to implode and you need to be ready.
3) Dubstep rarely has words, but it doesn’t need them. Although many dubstep tracks put a funny or exciting statement at the drop, don’t be expecting to sing along with a catchy melody. Like I said, dubstep is about new sounds, and unlike most house music it’s meant to be payed attention to. The dubstep artist is speaking to you in a new language, and if you really love dubstep then you understand exactly what he/she is saying.
And that’s exactly why dubstep is revolutionizing not only itself, but house music in general. Unlike typical progressive house or trance which is meant to be background music that you don’t pay any attention to, dubstep is supposed to be in your face, and it does everything it can to grab your attention and keep it. And by mixing unreserved dubstep influence with electro house, new artists have creating something really uniquely exciting and controversial.
And they’ve also created something addicting, so get used to dubstep being around for a long time. I can already see its influence in hip hop increasing every month, and producers keep stepping it up more and more. It can be overwhelming to try to find good new dubstep music because much of it is unlabeled. Here are some tips:
1) Read music blogs. Find a good music blog that posts the kind of dubstep or house music that you are interested. Many have great playlists for parties and even mobile apps.
2) SoundCloud. Most dubstep artists have already realized the power of SoundCloud to get their tracks heard. It’s a huge community, and it’s completely free.
3) YouTube. Many artists post on YouTube as well, and you have a better chance of finding more obscure tracks that are newer.
And lastly, go to an electro house concert. You might be surprised at this suggestion if you’re looking for dubstep, but almost every single DJ nowadays will respond to the dub hype by throwing in a dubstep track into the mix. You will hear new music, meet new people and become more familiar with DJs.
So there it is. Dubstep is not new, but its influence combined with other genres is making new sounds that are hard to resist. Don’t miss out, because there is a ton of interesting stuff behind those womping basslines, and this ‘new’ dubstep and electro house relationship is here to stay.