Dubstep, known for its heavy bass, mean synths, and big kicks and claps, has lost its popularity in the music forefront in recent years. This could be the fact that dubstep’s mainstream front-man, Skrillex, has shifted focus to other areas of music or as Sebastian Aguirre from riverrafting.com puts it, “some producers [going] too far and [taking] the enjoyable elements of Dubstep (heavy bass, big kicks and claps, ripply mean synths) and [taking] them too far. Now it’s all about “50,000 watts of bass” and who can make the grossest (often worst sounding) sound and blast it in your face.”
Not to be misunderstood, dubstep has always been active in the underground since its evolution from drum and bass and UK garage, to two-step, grime, and eventually dubstep’s inception in the early 2000’s. Love it or hate it though, dubstep is missing from mainstream music channels in the abundance it once had in the late 2000’s and early 2010’s.
A recent interview with Mija on BEATPORT, Mija went on to state that “it’s pretty obvious that dubstep is making its return,” and that trends fluctuate so quickly but with dubstep coming back it will be more melodic than before.
Back in 2014, Skrillex spoke with Billboard.com and when asked about future musical directions, he mentioned a resurgence in underground dubstep in the U.S. in a rawer form which is getting him excited.
Perhaps dubstep’s resurgence (if any) will take it back to the old-school dubstep that was more rhythmic and melodic, like the classic Dubstep Allstars Vol. 1 with DJ Hatcha.