Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music (EDM) that originated in South London, England in the late 1990s. It is characterized by heavy bass, sub-bass frequencies, and sparse, syncopated rhythmic patterns. The genre takes influences from drum and bass, dub (a subgenre of reggae), 2-step garage, and other styles.
Dubstep tracks typically have a tempo of roughly 140 beats per minute and feature a strong emphasis on bass and drum elements. The genre is also known for its use of ‘wobble bass’, a style of bass sound with a distinctive vibrating or ‘wobbling’ effect.
In the mid-to-late 2000s, dubstep gained significant popularity and experienced a period of mainstream success. Artists like Skrillex, Burial, and Rusko have made significant contributions to the genre, each with distinctive styles that demonstrate the genre’s variety and versatility.
Despite its roots in underground music scenes, dubstep has influenced numerous other genres and artists in both mainstream and underground music, marking its importance in the 21st-century music landscape.
For more comprehensive information, visit the Dubstep page on Wikipedia.