Few would dare to classify Dubstep as art music. Yet those few that have immersed themselves in its heavy 2-step bass have surfaced to shout its praises. Originating from the underground of South London, Dubstep is an offshoot of UK grime. It boasts a slow, syncopated rhythm and a hypnotic kick-drum bass. Presence of a snare drum is almost essential in any Dubstep beat. Its distinct sound draws influence from many fringe styles, including reggae and heavy metal, which at first narrowed its accessibility to those who spin it and a handful of religious followers.
However, since it appeared in 2000, this genre has managed to achieve global recognition. It was publicized heavily when a DJ on the UK’s popular Radio 1 became its champion in 2006. Since then, the seeping of Dubstep elements into other genres, most commonly through remixes, has thrust it into the spotlight. Today, this musical form rings bells with the angsty UK youth, who have focused on spreading its love worldwide. They listen to Dubstep, dress Dubstep, and speak Dubstep.
Yet the genre is still fighting an uphill battle. Its milder remixes may accomplish a reasonable level of popularity, but I think the true style itself is too different, and not accessible enough, to be welcomed by everyone. A large majority do not, and will not ever, understand what the genre represents. To give you a clue, listen with an open mind. See if you can navigate the initial repulsiveness to discover the real meaning of Dubstep.