Who invented dubstep?


Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in south London around the turn of the millennium.


Dubstep, like grime, emerged from the UK garage, with grime focusing more on rap and dancehall. With dubstep, on the other hand, the focus is on the DJ (which is why the music usually does not contain any lyrics). In other countries, including the USA, dubstep is often mixed with regional styles and sub-styles, for example with the Dirty South in the southern states of the USA. Within a short time, the dubstep has also replaced the two step. The London club nights are the origin of the dubstep movement FWD >> ("Forward", here the term Dubstep originated) and DMZ called. When the BBC1 broadcast dubstep in England in 2006, the genre saw a huge surge in popularity in the United Kingdom. Previously, it had already gained a certain audience via pirate radio stations in major English cities. However, the music found its greatest dissemination via the Internet in blogs and forums. The so-called wonky has existed as a sub-style since 2008.[1] In the course of time Dubstep has spread in many countries, so that for example in Cologne under the name No partial Dubstep parties took place in various other big cities as well. Furthermore, new labels have emerged and are emerging worldwide. There was also contact between dubstep and minimal techno, minimal musicians such as Ricardo Villalobos make remixes of dubstep tracks or vice versa. The dubstep club scene is centered in Great Britain. The scene has also been in the charts since 2010. For example with Magnetic Man, Rusko, Katy B and DJ Fresh. Since then, dubstep mainstream has started to stand out from underground - the term post-dubstep has been around since the beginning of 2011. These include musicians such as James Blake, Gemini, Joy Orbinson, Jamie xx, SBTRKT, Darkstar, Mount Kimble, XXYYXX and many more. Dubstep has also been popular in the USA since 2011 under the name Brostep, another spin-off in the direction of Metal is called Metalstep.[2]


  • Kerli - Army Of Love (Centron Remix)
  • Feed Me - Pink Lady
  • Arion - Pokemon (Dubstep Remix)
  • DJ Sneak Southern Boy (12th Planet & Flinch Remix)
  • Spor - Pacifica (Chasing Shadows Remix)
  • Blame ft. Camilla Marie - Star (Doctor P Remix)
  • Emalkay - Massive
  • Skrillex - Ruffneck (FULL Flex Remix)


Dubstep usually levels out at around 140 bpm, with the music often seeming slower. Deep bass lines and a dark, post-apocalyptic sound are characteristic of the genre. Dubstep sometimes conveys a feeling of urban trepidation when, for example, London or Bristol dubstep musicians mainly want to convey social moods with their music. It can be said that dubstep is all about the physical experience of the music, so the live experience is a lot more important than listening to a dubstep album or sampler. Two main effects are used in production, morphing and warping.[3][4] Another feature are wobble basslines. Triplets, shuffles, and syncopation are common. The focus is on bass processing. Dubstep is one of the first genres of music to be mainly known through the Internet. The most typical element of dubstep, besides the bass-heaviness and the short, chopped rhythmic motifs, are sawtooth sounds from, borrowed from the basslines, synths in the low mids that scream in the listener's face, so to speak.

Related genres

Grime, UK Garage, Jungle, Drum and Bass, Dub, Minimal Techno, Hip-Hop, Post-Hip-Hop, Post-Techno, Post-Dubstep.

Important representatives

Burial, Coki and Mala (together: Digital Mystikz), Skream, Skrillex, Son of Kick, Kode9, Shackleton, Loefah, Distance, Pinch, The Bug and others. In Germany: Zedd, Ghosthack, INFRA, Quio, Sven Weisemann, Tua, D-Bo and others.


Planet Mu, Tempa, Hyperdub, DMZ, Tectonic, Skull Disco and others.


2010: Bassweight (Director: Suridh Hassan)


Ghost Step, Brostep.

Individual evidence

  1. ↑ Article Wonky[1] at the de.wiki
  2. ↑ Article Dubstep[2] at the en.wiki
  3. ↑ Article Morphing[3] at the de.wiki
  4. How to Make Dubstep part 1/5 - Beat Warping in Ableton (2011) [4] at Vimeo

Web links

  • Further article Dubstep[5] at the de.wiki
  • English forum on the subject Dubstep[6] at dubstepforum.com
  • Blackdown - Blackdown dubstep..grime..uk funky..comment..culture[7] London blog on Dubstep blackdownsoundboy.blogspot.com
  • Olaf Karnik - Bass is the massage. Dubstep (2007) [8] at the intro
  • Minimal vs Dubstep. The big all-round blow in the De: Bug (2007) [9] at De: Bug
  • Short video presentation Dub step presentation (2012} [10] with music examples from UK Garage, 2Step and Dubstep at Youtube, Uploader: Artur Bernhardt
  • Computer Music Specials - What is bass music? From drum 'n' bass to trap, we chart the rise of EDM's hottest genre (2013) [11] also extensively on dubstep musicradar.com

Links in January 2020.