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What is…Minimal/Deep/Dark Dubstep ?
In the contemporary world dubstep can mean many things which all contrast profoundly with one another.
If you walk on the streets today, pretty much everyone knows what dubstep is.
Throughout musical history I have observed how musical genres travel through simillar patterns. Most of the time a genre gets born in the subculture, in the depths of the stigmatized, as a way to evade the claws of main-stream. Why evade? The answer is quite simple in my opinion. Because most of the commercial crap is built for a speciffic targget which demands for their primal needs to be satisfied.In a society where the remaining virtues are constituted of the aquisition of expensive cars, bitches and the gathering of money, there are also small pockets of individuals who do not conform with the simplistic mechanics of the system and who oppose those “virtues” which the majorities accept. These pockets are usually refferd to as “the underground” and they have other needs… so in order to satisfy them they must create their own art.Such is the case with dubstep, an invention which has its origin in the underground of South London , UK.
Story simillar to that of synthpop, dubstep has went through many stages until it became the powerful entity that it is today.At first it was mearly just an experimental style played in obscure clubs.The genre was caracterized by a relaxing sound composed usually of a kick , a snare , a bassline and delayed sound effects which where played in a random fashion.The bpm is probably the single thing which has been kept until this very moment.Other than that, the heavy sub bass , which was the key ellement at first, is gone from todays productions where mostly you hear mid-range bass.
In 2007 some faggots from the US came and built the stepping stone for the “evolution” of the genre.Putting more accent on the wob wobs than the actual atmosphere of the song and adding catchyer melodies had led to a growing number of teen aged fans through out the whole Europe.Soon after, by the means of internet sharing , the genre started to get popular across the planet.
With the popularization, the dilution of the conoceurs and the growing numbers of dubstep wannabe artists, the old ways of making a dubstep song have been forggoten and so the songs started to sound more like random sounds placed in 4/4 time.This environment was perfect for the “Rise Of Skrillex” and so from 2011 dubstep has become just a bunch of squeling, mid range bass , random noises and chopped up pop sounding female vocals.
Having these ingredients , the genre fits into the category of ” accepted by the masses ” and so you see it now in any main-stream clubs.You might say that this will lead the diluted real fans and knowers of the genre to seek or create a new type of music, and yes, you are right but…there is still hope! The old-school dubsteppers actually still exist! “Why haven’t I heard of them on the main-stream?” you might say… well , because they do not conform with the new rules , which have to satisfy the needs of the masses , and they like it this way. Like I said earlier, these guys have another set of virtues so they are unvulnerable to the attacks of the trend.As to not get confused with the new and distorted main-stream dubstep they have renamed their genre Minimal/Deep/Dark Dubstep.
“who are these guys?”
Let’s have a look at some record labels :
^This record label pretty much is hold toggether by a very talented and appreciated producer/DJ called Distance.
Here is his latest mix for Chesplate Records
You can find Distance over at http://www.facebook.com/Distanceofficial
What I like about Distance and Chesplate Records is that not only they feature great artists with ballanced and detailed compositions but also they have respect for new artists and they always invite people to send their tracks so that they can add them to their mix shows or maybe even join their record label.
If you want to see a massive record label check out Osiris Records:
Founded by Kryptic Minds , Osiris Records will no doubt impress your sub.One of my favourite producers called Killawatt has its home there along with other awesome producers like District and Sleeper.
To be remarked is that Kryptic Minds used to create mainly dnb but after they’ve discovered the 140 bpm and fell in love with it thus making some crazy productions and a record label.
Another interesting record label is Chemical Records – http://www.chemical-records.co.uk/sc/music/home
Features monsters like J Kenzo and Noisia
What is interesting about these artists is that they are not faitfull to only one record label.They appear from where you least expect it. You might see a release here and after a few months you don’t see it here anymore and you find it elsewhere.
In the case of Noisia you don’t find releases that frequently because as they said in a TED talk , the creation of a song may take a whole year in some cases.
See the whole TED video here:
Sometimes when you ask someone from todays underground culture if they like dubstep, they might say no…but that opinion may be based on the fact that he has heard only the main-stream side of it.It is there for our duty to share our knowledge about the subject and maybe we will change minds like I have maybe done here.
This concludes my presentation for now.We will talk more about record labels and therely analyse individual artists and releases on my next article.
Until then I leave you with this thing called ” Painting the Mind ” by District :