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Skrillex isn't a legitimate Dubstep Artist

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Started: 1/31/2013 Category: Entertainment
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ProfessorDoxus

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Dubstep, defined by http://dictionary.reference.com..., is "A style of mostly instrumental electronic music, influenced by Dub and characterized by syncopated rhythm and an emphasis on bass and drum elements."

Dubstep, however (in it's original form), is a mishmash of 90's underground electronic sounds, such as garage, DnB, and of course, The Reggae sounds of Dub.

As the genre began to take shape, it took the common characteristics that are identified with it today. Low range/sub bass, syncopated rhythm, and an emotional association with darkness. This is commonly identified as "original Dubstep" by long time listeners.

However, over the past 6 years, a more mainstream version of Dubstep has become more and more popular. Being popularized by artists/groups like Flux Pavilion, Nero, and (arguably) most popular, Skrillex.

Skrillex's tracks, however, do not sound like the original form of Dubstep. For example, "Original" Dubstep carries a common characteristic of having Low-Range and Sub Bass, whereas Skrillex's tracks use Mid/Higher-range Bass sounds. I cite his track "Bangarang" as an example of this. Also, influential artists like Digital Mystikz use long build ups and pads before the music reaches a climax, whereas Skrillex uses, at the most, about 45 seconds of build-up before his bass hits.

In closing, Skrillex isn't a legitimate Dubstep artist, because his sound deviates from what is considered "original Dubstep". His form panders to a more mainstreamed, popularized version of Dubstep.

SOURCES: http://www.udubstep.com...
http://dictionary.reference.com...
gitnasty

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Like all music Genres, Dubstep is a relatively broad term and consists of multiple sub genres. Artists such as Skrillex, Rusko, Datsik, and Nero would fall into the subcategory future bass or post Dubstep. (Jokingly referred to as Brostep) Making the assertion that because the genre has evolved means it can no longer be considered part of said genre is absurd. Such a statement would contest that many legendary rock and roll bands which helped to define the genre, take for example the Yarbirds or Pink Floyd, are actually not considered rock simply because they deviated from the styles of Elvis, Chuck Berry, and other like artists. Music consists of an almost infinite combination of sounds, structures, harmonies, time signatures, keys, and tempos. I'm afraid that Pro has made the all too common mistake of confusing the evolution of a genre with the creation of an entirely new one. Just as all genres evolve, change, and build upon aspects of earlier artists, so does Dubstep. The only differnece lies in the use of computerized programs (e.g. Reason, Pro Tools, Ableton, FL Studios, Logic) which allow the genre to expand and evolve at a much faster rate than we are used to via means such as sampling, synth production, and more often than not, a combination of the two.
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