Is This Even Music?: The Good and Bad of Dubstep

Ah, dubstep. I hated it at one point after hearing ear-burning tortures like Skrillex, thinking that the entire genre was pointless. But now, after hearing good electronic/dubstep artists like Matthew Parker, Capital Kings, and remixers like Phenomenon and Telemitry, I now have an entirely different opinion on the genre.

The Good:
Dubstep is a sub-genre of electronic music, which is my all-time favorite genre (yes, even more than rock). It generally consists of bass drops, synthesizers (what's electronic without it?), sometimes violins and other string instruments, and is to electronic as metal is to rock, a heavier, but different, version of the original genre. It is commonly used by DJs and remixers as well as regular electronic artists. If dubstep is incredibly heavy, (like some forms of metal) it can basically burn your ears off. Well, maybe not that extreme, but still. If it's lighter, it is generally easier to dance to, because then you aren't covering your ears and screaming in agony. Or something like that. Lighter dubstep often has more elements of regular electronic music, and less of the heavy, Skrillex-type bass-drops-to-the-extreme kind of thing. Artists like the previously mentioned Matthew Parker, pull the lighter stuff off well, but still having a heavier element in some songs without killing your ears.

The Bad:

Artists like Skrillex take dubstep too far and emphasize the bass drops way too much, and if your volume is way too high when listening, it can result in deafness (I'm sure this has happened). And we wonder why our kid's hearing is bad. Heck, I wouldn't even consider Skrillex music, much less dubstep or even electronic! It's just mindless noise! Just like One Direction is an insult to England, Skrillex is an insult to dubstep. And we all know it.
Well, that's about all I have to say about this, and like I always say, Stay strong and rock on!



The dubstep I love spans the melodious, haunting, inspiring chillstep, the heavy but elegant and often meaningful techno, which I find soothes me, energises me, and always brings me back. Whether it's Electus or Au5, Bassnectar or Gemini, it's music I adore. But in the media, dubstep pretty much equals Skrillex, and equals noise. If you dig deeper into dubstep like I have, you'll find something else altogether. - PositronWildhawk

Both your post and Positron's comment are spot on - ugregoard

What genre is next? I love this new post of yours! - visitor

This won't be a music series, it's called "Is This Even?..." where I state my opinion on various things. - RiverClanRocks

My favorite Dubstep is, like Pos, Melodic Dubstep. Electus is my favorite Electronic Artist. Au5 is also very good. I also like some harder Dubstep like SylV, Keynein, and Aevi. - letdot52

"And we wonder why our kid's hearing is bad". Did I "hear" that correctly? We wonder how many kids you have... - Billyv

I don't have any kids. (I'm almost 13, for Arceus' sake! ) I was just making a point. A lot of articles and posts do something like that, so... - RiverClanRocks

Skrillex is the only dubstep most people know about - bobbythebrony

You know, I agree. I really used to like Skrillex until he made a song with Justin Bieber and Diplo. - MeaganSaysHI

Dubstep has some really good artists (Devin Martin,xKore etc.) and I really like those brutal drops.I also prefer to listen to some dubstep while gaming,cause,yeah,it's a cool genre.The only real pitfall of the genre is that it was made popular by only one guy.Yes,that "one" guy. - UltimateHybridX

Skrillex is semi-talented. He has a lot of good songs without the bass drops being that heavy, but they are few and far in between. Also, Where R Ü Now, while not as bad as everyone says it is, is really mediocre. Because of the drop. Lol. - WonkeyDude98

I love skrillex,but I respect your opinion - Nateawesomeness