It draws on many musical influences. Such influences include, dub, reggae, d'n'b, jungle, UK garage, grime, techno and IDM.
Usually around 140bpm in tempo, the unifying sounds within dubstep are always bass and sub-bass.
The music ranges in style from melodious instrumentals to dark, techy and distorted numbers.
Many UK grime mc's also mc over dubstep tracks, although grime and dubstep should not be confused.
Dubstep is usually mellow and generally has a well paced structure to each song. Grime beats are generally more disjointed, the overall production level being grittier than that in dubstep.
Wikipedia Defines Dubstep as:
"A genre of electronic dance music that originated in south London, England. Its overall sound has been described as "tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals"."
Country of Origin: England
Date of Origin: Late 1990's
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Dubstep started off as an underground genre, a fusion of Dub and 2-Step Music, And has slowly gained porularity throughout the 2000's with increasing popularity fom 2005.
With artists such as Britanny Spears using dubstep on their albums, and modern dubstep artists, such as Skrillex, Nero and Boregore bringing the music to the masses.
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