COLUMN: Get into dubstep, it'll be around for the long haul
Basshead- An avid listener of Dubstep.
Bass Drop- A characteristic inherited from drum and bass (another genre), a bass drop is a pause in the percussion either in silence or by fading out, followed by resuming into the track with more intensity; generally accompanied by a dominant subbase.
Music is a great way to widen your horizons and sample new sounds, and listening to new genres of music led me to listen to dubstep, cue drop.
Country music and top 40 reign supreme in Oklahoma, but isn’t there room for more than just one genre of music on your smartphone or mp3 player?
Growing up listening to the radio and popular music, I thought I had a pretty good grasp on the array of music I liked, but looking back on my formative teenage years, I had been suckered into the trap of listening to commercial music on radio and telvision.
Later in high school, I hung around people who only listened to country music. Although I didn’t understand country music at first, I slowly started to listen to more country music and understood why people enjoy listening to Blake Shelton or Carrie Underwood.
Yes, I listen to dubstep and all genres of electric dance music. Dubstep is so vast and ranges from fast-paced dance music to the dirtiest bass dropping bangers.
Lately, I’ve gotten a lot of flack from people who view dubstep as a negative thing. Either they do not understand the purpose of the music or they just think of it as a musical fad like boy bands, grunge or disco.
My counter argument for these people is to do the same thing I did with country music; try it, if you like it, awesome, but if you don’t, at least you tried and aren’t judging it based on a five or 10 second sound bite from a Skrillex track.
Chances are, your favorite musical act or performer has a dubstep or electronic dance music remix to one of their songs. From Radiohead and Bon Iver to Adele, all have dubstep remixes available on popular websites, such as Youtube or Soundcloud.
With EDM remixes from your favorite performers, it almost would be hypocritical to not listen to the remix version of their song. For instance, the song “Lights” by Ellie Goulding has a dubstep remix done by EDM legend, Bassnectar.
The electronic beats infused with Goulding’s lyrics make you feel inspired and alive. The build up (part of a dubstep song that happens before the drop) makes you fill with anticipation for the drop (when the music stops momentarily then comes back with a heavier bass drop), which is the best part of a dubstep track or remix.
The feeling you get when a good drop hits is like a feeling of euphoria, or a pure rush of adrenalin. Nothing else can beat that feeling, because in that very moment you feel invincible, and anything you do is just an electronic cherry on top of a very delicious EDM sundae.
Popular trance disc jockey Armin Van Buuren once said in an interview: “It’s not love for music, it’s a passion, and it goes beyond liking, and beyond a hobby, it’s about a way of living … music is essential for my life.”
Music lovers of any genre, whether it’s gospel or folk music, can agree with Van Buuren’s quote. Without music, the world would be a monotonous mess with no vibrancy or passion.
If you have not been persuaded to at least sample dubstep because to this column, then I’m sorry. But you will have plenty of time to listen because dubstep will be around for the long haul, right there next to your country and top 40 favorites.