History of Dubstep
Today, there are many different dubstep artists each with their own preferred dubstep maker, but it wasn’t always like this…Dubstep is a new genre of music, in fact it is barely 10 years old. It was first heard in the late 1990s. Let’s look at a brief breakdown of the history of dubstep.
In 1999 the first sounds of dubstep were heard in a club named Forward>> in London, England. This is wear producers like Skream, D1, and Benga all made regular appearances. Today Skream is one of the most well-known dubstep creators. Forward>> also ran a radio show called Rinse FM, which is still popular today.
Another important part of dubstep history is the shop in South London called Big Apple Records. This was the first shop to start selling dubstep and the well-known Digital Mystikz were frequent visitors here.
Throughout 2003 DJ Hatcha brought dubstep further into Rinse FM and into his sets at Forward>> now giving this genre of music a firm foundation. At the end of 2003 an event called Filthy Dub sparked the careers for artists such as Skream, Benga, N Type, Walsh, Chef, and Digital Mystikz.
Digital Mystikz went on to create DMZ Records and showcased artists every month where up to 600 people would attend. During this time period there were other terms for dubstep such as grime, sublow, 8-bar, and eskibeat.
In summer of 2005 Forward>> kept pushing for dubstep and built off of Skream’s success from “Midnight Request Line.” Soon there was a compilation of all the best dubstep music called “Warrior Dubs.”
During this time period dubstep spread over to America and started by making its way into the nightclub of big cities. As a result, techno artists started adding in the dubstep element to their music.
Today dubstep is very widespread and has many variations. Skrillex took it to the next level by remixing already made famous songs into a dubstep form. Dubstep produced today is much different from that of 1999. The cool thing is the founders of this genre are still around today competing with today’s new faces.
Imagine being able to join this amazing timeline and have your name next to Skream, Digital Mystikz, and Skrillex. It is a dream to aim for and the opportunity is still open. Dubstep is still expanding and there is a lot of room for new DJs to fill.
Anyone can become a dubstep maker. Anyone can be the next big hit on the charts. All you need is determination and dedication. Be determined to do it right and be dedicated to stick with it and you will be successful. Will you have your name in lights someday?
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