What is Dubstep. History of style formation
Dubstep is a musical genre that arose in the early 2000s in south London as one of the branches of gridge. In terms of sound, dubstep is characterized by a tempo of about 138 beats per minute, dominant low-frequency bass and sparse breakbeat in the background.
The typical dubstep sound began to take shape in 1999–2000 thanks to dark gerid experiments with producers such as El-B and Zed Bias. Soon a number of labels promoting the new sound appeared, the first of which back in 2000 was Tempa with the project Horsepower Productions.
The term dubstep itself with respect to this music was first used by the San Francisco magazine XLR8R in 2002, which put the word on its cover along with the photo Horsepower Productions, where the term implied the instrumental tustep gage (i.e. the prefix dub-referenced in the form of remixes, when the lyrics are removed from the vocal composition, sometimes only the refrain is left, and additional sound effects are often added as compensation, the bass part is amplified). After the first part of the Dubstep Allstars compilation, mixed by DJ Hatcha, was released on Tempa in 2003, this term has become well-known.
Despite the fact that by 2004 such major labels as Rephlex and Planet Mu had noticed the newly-minted genre, dubstep had long remained in the shadow of grime, another mainly vocal hybrid of the Tustep-gridge. But thanks to hits like Neverland from Digital Mystikz and Midnight Request Line from Skream, dubstep opened the way to national radio, while before that only pirate radio stations were available.
So, one of the key moments in popularizing the genre was the Dubstep Warz program, which was broadcast in early January 2006 as part of the weekly The Breezeblock show on BBC Radio 1, where DJ Ann Mary Hobbs, hostess of the show, invited leading dubstep musicians. This broadcast caused a flurry of interest in dubstep both in the UK and around the world. By April 2006, the BBC had shot the documentary The Sound of Dubstep.
And such hit albums as Burial from Burial and new parts of the Dubstep Allstars mixes made almost all the key print publications from the German Groove to the British The Independent over the summer to write about dubstep. The culmination was the film “About to Blow: Dubstep”, shot in August 2006 by MTV Base, which marked the release of dubstep from underground into the mainstream of urban music.