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Dubstep – An Acquired Taste

In the past I’ve been known as the “go to” guy for the latest and greatest music trends and independent music phenomenons. I was listening to groups like Imogen heap for years before they made it onto the OC. I also literally stood two feet away chatting with Dallas Green on January 28, 2005 when they played the Shadow in Guelph…This was when the “Sometimes” album was only available for download. Over the past few years my savvy for identifying up and coming artists has worn off. But that doesn’t mean I don’t find a hidden gems every now and then. Most recently I’ve found not an artist but a genre called Dubstep

Dubstep is a genre of music that is like a stiff drink… It’s an acquired taste. The first time you experience it you immediately reject it, but then you hear it again, and you say to yourself  ”that wasn’t so bad”. Then you give it another shot and say to yourself “this is pretty good”.  And then you sit in your friends pimped out car with 12″ subs, and say out loud ” This is fucking awesome!!!” as you feel every hair on your head vibrate when the baseline drops.

The First Taste

If it’s your first time experiencing Dubstep I’d suggest you start off with the video below. If you’ve got headphones on or are using shitty laptop speakers, you really won’t be able to get the full effect of the music. You’ll need a stereo with a decent sub or really good speakers. If you’ve ever listened to house,  techno or dance you should be able to grove into this track fairly easily.


Ready For Another

Next stop would be the video below, this falls into the Dubstep category much further than the previous track. As you’re acquiring your taste for Dubstep this track will really give you that zing and put you on your way.

I’m a Dubstep Junkie

And finally we come to our last stop on the path to becoming a Dubstep Junkie…This track will really push your speakers to the limit. It’s full of awesome buildups and breakdowns, a great chorus, and a solid amount of wobble bass.


Dubstep Dance

With any great music comes great dancing. The experimental nature of Dubstep has birthed a sub culture of incredible dance artists and is pioneering a new form of dance that is slowly creeping it’s way into the main stream. Below is a clip of arguably the world’s best Dubstep dance team – La Preuve par 4. Watching this group perform gives me goosebumps. Their physical interpretation of the music is visually stunning and incredibly powerful.



  • Anonymous

     I LOVE DUBSTEP! I stumbled into it because of some OCAD girls I met last year, and I’ve been bumping it ever since. If you haven’t heard him try “Borgore.” This is a great start to your sub-culture series. You will be surprised how many people love this as I feel dubstep is such a major modern influence on music. It has also penetrated into rap with artists like my boy King Fantastic. 

    • Anonymous

       Yea man, it’s a true subculture just starting to creep mainstream. Even Brittney Spears has a dubstep influence in her latest single. My buddies and I have a youtube channel that we all share to keep an archive of all our favorite dubstep pieces we add stuff to it all the time -> http://www.youtube.com/playlist?p=PL3968609BCF57C073&feature=mh_lolz

  • MRcromanic

    Not everyone out there gives dubstep the attention it deserves. I like how you pointed out that you need some decent speakers and a good sub. The first time I listened to dubstep i hated it, and didnt understand it. This was all out of my shitty laptop speakers…….defintatly can not be doing that!

    Dubstep is bass driven! Nothing better than a dirty bass line and a wonky Rhythm to get you fired up! Being an acquired taste, it will be interesting to see how mainstream music dilutes and screws up another genre…..

    RUSKO is by far the dubstep leader right now. He got me into this genre about a year ago and has not dissapointed. Nice to see people doing something different with music and not falling into the generic sound that alot of electronic music has.

    In the mean time- here is my favourite collaboration of two music worlds presented to me by no other than Mr Jon Godfrey …

    King Fantastic x Rusko – Why? Where? What? (Troublemaker edit)


    • Anonymous

      That king fantastic track is really progressive. I’ve never heard it before. I like it. I agree with both you and Jon, RUSKO  is one of the Pioneers and all time greats. He keeps pushing the genre forward -> Great track -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI2b7qXUlnE

      I’m glad you enjoyed my take on it. Most people I introduce dub step to don’t get it either, but then a few months later I hear them blasting some Datsik -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iW4ZqiUCq7Q like they own it. lol

  • Anonymous

     Okay now I feel compelled to add a link of my own. Some Borgore >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvlhpgEcoAk&feature=related

  • Chris Elliott

    It will definitely take me more time to get used to this genre of music, but I will say this: That piece was amazing. Very inspiring the way you timelined everything out here. Great job dude!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Nelson-Kuhn-Villeneuve/591755322 Richard Nelson Kuhn-Villeneuve

    On one hand the music is not bad on the ears, I like the music, but the scene that goes along with the genre is probably the reason that dubstep doesn’t get the attention. I’ve been to a rave…it was an experience. The whole time I was chilling, drinking, and taking in the atmosphere. Between the crazy ass outfits and people selling hard drugs all over the place, people blame the music for bringing those types of people together. They trip out listening to that stuff, half the people were just normal people who enjoyed the music and played with glow sticks, while the other half are greasy teenagers tripping out and dancing with each other. I’m sure that dubstep isn’t just played at raves, but it’s definitely associated with them.

    I like the way you went with this because it’s about the music, the way it should be. Good article.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Richard. It’s interesting to hear your take on the rave you where at. I think drugs can get mixed in with any kind of music. Look at rock music… I mean don’t drugs enhance the effects of all music?

      I’m sure just as many people at a rolling stones concert are doing drugs as at a rave. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=120811092 Sarah Smith

    Im sooo into dubstep right now! Thanks for the post Brian, got a couple more for my playlist. :)

    • Anonymous

      np! Glad you liked it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ryan-Hancock/510667721 Ryan Hancock

    This is such a sick post Brian! Dub step is such a weird phenomenon, I used to hate it but now it’s kind of fun to listen to once in a while. My favourite part of this post was probably the intro, and the chatting with Dallas Green. You have no idea how jealous I am, I love that man!

    • Anonymous

      Thanks man, Yea it was one of those things where Dallas Green was still so unknown. He was just some dude playing save your scissors. He went on stage after this band called Sleeper Set Sail, and Raising The Fawn, which has now completely re-formed. Raising the fawn was really eclectic they wore costumes and what not for the show. I think they are a little less intense now. And I remember sleeper set sail being pretty hardcore, which they aren’t at all anymore. 

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