Will Dubstep Finally Die in 2012? Five Signs the End Is Near

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For all the hype still surrounding it, dubstep won't be popular forever.

From collaborations with Korn to Christmas carol remixes, signs of its imminent demise are springing up all over the place. But will 2012 be the year that dubstep finally dies? Or will it desperately cling to life and linger like a zombie for another whole year?

Well, we here at Crossfade think that the Dubpocalypse is almost upon us. See the cut for five signs the end is near.

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5. Nobody Even Knows What Dubstep Is Anymore
Talk to any "real dubstep fan" and they'll probably tell you that 2011 dubstep is not like true dubstep. They'll name-drop a few producers, mention something about the old days, and bemoan the evolution of Skrillex and brostep.

This friction between the "real dubstep fan" and angst-ridden teenagers over what actually constitutes dubstep sparked the genre's mid-life crisis. Plus, the average person's idea of dubstep retains neither the "dub" nor the "step" attributes for which the genre was named. The dub-style sub-bass was replaced by distorted mids and lots of wobble, while the two-step was basically abandoned in favor of someone screaming in your face for 40 minutes.

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4. Nearly Every Possible Dubstep Track Has Already Been Made
At some point in 2012, it will become impossible for producers to create a new, original dubstep track. It won't be for lack of creativity or trying. But there are only so many ways to arrange female vocals, a wobbly bass, and a huge drop. And we as a society are fast approaching these limits.

Thanks to the proliferation of music software in recent years and the deluge of newly minted musicians that followed, it became a race to see who could churn out the gnarliest wubs on their copy of Native Instruments' Massive synthesizer without straying too far from a particular structure. Rather than evolve organically, dubstep became homogenized, which meant many more musicians would have to cover the same ground.

Because of this, every possible variation on dubstep will soon be exhausted, every last temporal avenue explored, every possible combination of filter and LFO discovered. Very soon, there just won't be any more dubstep left to make.
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McBastard
McBastard

I have never been a Dubstep fan. Many moons ago, I absolutely loved UK/2-step as well as some Speed Garage, which later lead to Grime...and that's when I jumped ship. 

 

There have always and will always be genres of EDM I don't like. I've never gotten the minimal techno thing at all. Hardcore? Only at punk shows but never the EDM style. 

 

I have taken an active hatred of Dubstep for a few (vaguely related) reasons:

 

--I am a breaks junkie. My truest love will always be the cheesy late 90's Florida Breaks. Now, Acid Breaks, Florida Breaks, Ploddy, Nu-Skool, Tear-Out etc have come and gone. That's to be expected. What I didn't expect was for every Breaks headliner to jump ship. The same happened with many DnB artists.

--I like angry music sometimes (I grew up on punk rock) but Dubstep just isn't my kind of angry. Which would be fine...except at parties it is so overplayed and overbooked it's often inescapable. 

--The reason I am still in the scene after 12 years if that I love to dance. Most other liquid-poppers are really into Dubstep. It's definitely changed liquid more into digitz/animations/botting and other things. Tthere really isn't much mid-tempo stuff out there for people who are into the older hand/rail/body wave style of liquid. 

--Brostep makes me feel old because I have really, really tried to at least "get it" and it won't click. The aggression in lieu of melody just makes it hopeless. It's like dancing to a recording of a dial-up modem being raped by a whale. 

--The tempo just kills the party vibe to me.  After following a good Electro House DJ  as soon as the Dubstep starts everyone stops dancing, becomes a bobble head doll or Rabbi at the Wailing Wall. 

 

--If there is one silver lining it's that the scene is definitely picking way up again again due to its draw for the 18 year old crowd. Now that there are great parties again--I just wish the music was a good as it was back in the day.

 

up0down
up0down

ok in terms of production of electronic music ,let me tell you something bruv.i am not a skrillex bruvstep fan i am an old schooler...but the fact that you are hating on some peoples music is awful...and guess what new sound WILL come ..Wobble is not a must have in dubstep ,,people will always discover something new,,and the thing that you said how to listen to dubstep "wait for the drop---have a seizure" shows how big of an idiot you are....DUBSTEP IS ABOUT ENERGY ,,,IT CAN AMAZE YOU ,,,MOVE YOU,,CAUSE CERAIN EMOTIONS;,,,BUT IF YOU,.and i heard a million times "it sounds like aliens or robots " well you should ask yourself ,,,HOW IS RAP OR POP "NORMAL MUSIC" AND HOW IS DUBSTEP THE OPOSITE...THINK ABOUT WHAT MUSIC IS;;;,,JUDGING MUSIC BY ITS COMPLEXITY IS IDIOTIC,,,,DUBSTEP IS BASED ON HEAVY BASS FREQS ,,DRUMS AND PERCUSSION,,,AND BITCH PLEASE;,,,THIS SKRILLEX HYPE IS GONNA DIE BUT DUBSTEP......NEVER..YOU CAN SUCK MY DICK,,

Nmanzi39
Nmanzi39

well basically, nobody can predict the future. you either like dubstep or electronic music or you dont. just because you dont like it, doesnt mean you now believe it will die away. and if you think anyone can dubstep, you are mistaken, it takes not only the right equipment, but lots of time, effort, and knowledge on the subject of sound and sound variations to make a certain, DUB noise. not to mention making sure everything is in key, and goes smooth together. and listen to NERO, he does symphony shit with his music and it BUMPS like a mother fucker. its completely revolutionary this scene, you take any song, and dubstep it to your liking, and now its a sicker version of that song. electronic music is the next step, everything is going to that direction of electronically proudciing even all those rock songs and pop songs. now this is without a beiber or rihana, so blow a load dubstep will always live.

npgust
npgust

who the hell likes this genre? it's the disco music of this generation...

ThePope
ThePope

Speaking from a musicians point of view, The man who wrote this is an opinionated idiot with no knowledge of how people act and receive music, or of how electronic music is made. A musical genre will not "Die" from losing some fans. It means that the productions artists release will have more musical depth and diversity. Its pure Darwinism. Evolve or Crash and burn. In the same tense, how many times can i hear the same guitar riff, drum solo, and bassline thrown together with some 12 year old pre-pubescent delinquent screaming? It's not a "race to see who could churn out the gnarliest wubs on their copy of Native Instruments' Massive synthesizer". If you knew anything about MASSIVE, you'd know it's an infinitely configurable instrument and can produce any sound you want. Your probably just a BMTH fanboy who wished death metal still reared its ugly head around the corner, "BRIE, BRIE, BRIEEEEE" does not make music it makes fancy cheese. You don't like dubstep? That's cool. Don't write about it then. You Media Idiots are the ones ruining the industry with your baseless opinions. James Blake would laugh in your face and spit on you.

Ygg
Ygg

Fucking idiot.

punkdolphin21
punkdolphin21

Jesus F'ing Christ, that Home Alone song makes me want to pull out all my teeth! 

Dark
Dark

Genius writing right here!! Hoping for the dubstep apocalypse to arrive :-D

Michael Hegner
Michael Hegner

Music will never die. People said rock n roll would die. Metal would die. Rap would die. They don't die they just evolve.

Gary Gilbert
Gary Gilbert

dubstep is not going to diebut if rave does make a combat i also hope so does progressive rock because that is some case worst then dubstep but at least they can actually play the instruments to make the soundi dont think you can make dubstep on a bass guitar

Clint Brown
Clint Brown

Its time to bring back the Florida breakbeats bitches

Clint Brown
Clint Brown

It will go the way of its predecessor Garage

guess
guess

no one is saying electronic music will die.  Just this absolutely awful offspring of it!

Devilmanozzy
Devilmanozzy

The person who wrote that doesn't have much of a perspective. Rock music radio is where music dies.... Oh Please. What is true is that old school fanboys like in all genres of music try so hard to keep the music to themselves and when the world discovers it, well they go apeshit. Dubstep or should I say brostep is still going up in popularity, and there will be a new wave of fans thinks to Korn. Let me guess.... like nu-metal was to metal music community, brostep is to dubstep. It may take years, but they are a part of your style like it or not. Stop judging music form. If you don't like it, don't buy it/listen to it. Easy.

Klrkatbookings
Klrkatbookings

And for the record I would love to hear Datsik and Creed collab. A wonderfully sick producer and legendary musicians? You shouldn't expect anything short of epic from a collab like that! 

Johnfelgarden
Johnfelgarden

Hey hipster trash. Stop moaning about dubsteps popularity and start asking yourself the real question... When is indie going to die? Dubstep is hear to stay so u might as well get used to it.

Mike Linder
Mike Linder

Dubstep is nothing more then a skidmark on the underpants of society, its a musical fad that will fade into the distance soon.  Any time something has a hardcore fan base, and become remotely popular, the hardcore fan base will immediately remove themselves thinking that its only for "posers" now, and the people who jumped on the bandwagon late will loose interest quickly.

Klrkatbookings
Klrkatbookings

Hands down the most idiotic article I have read in quite some time. If you think that Dubstep is dying then Alternative Rock and Hip Hop must be looking towards a sudden demise as well. These three genres all share very similar traits. For one, they all have very flexible standards by which they are made. 

You're telling me that Dubstep is going in a bad direction because Skrillex has done songs with Korn and is frequently getting plays on every music network out there? Wake up dude, that sounds to me like it's growing, and you sound like you just don't like that. I'll bet you never thought The Prodigy would go anywhere past a wacky song like "Out Of Space" but look at them now, they are pretty much the root and pioneers of nearly all Electronic Dance Music. 

You are looking at the wrong statistics my friend, simply taking a biased position in your review and criticism. Look at numbers. Dubstep is growing larger and has also been said to have been responsible for reviving the Rave scene, which if you look back about ten years, took a huge plunge from where it was in the early 90's. It's like they say, numbers don't lie and they don't die, they multiply. Long live bass culture. Live with it man.

Miperritowoodt
Miperritowoodt

Dubstep and Brostep is still better than anything that's playing on Y100 and Power 96. New times gonna hate!

no name
no name

This guy is not a musician. if he was he would know that music evolves.  He probably loves house music too.

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Guest
Guest

let's hope it dies soon

JC
JC

Dumpbsteps are the ones you take when you cant drop that last pice of poop on the toilet. lmao!

CG
CG

Its called dumpstep because after they step on sh*t they fell the seizure. then the bass drop

carlos
carlos

Man im glad DUMPSTEP smells like Hipster sweat. YUKK!!

Mistrwrong
Mistrwrong

You forgot #6 - Dubstep pretty much sucks.

Kris
Kris

What a stupid and pointless article, if the title had been "Will mainstream dubstep AKA brostep die in 2012?" then nobody would have a problem with it, but the fact that you think an entire genre is going to dissipate because of a few idiots who decided to cash in the culture? LOL get a life. House, techno and drum and bass all went through similar moments in their life span, and they are all thriving well in the underground scene. Think the dumbest thing you implied in the article is that dubstep will die because you can only have so many combinations of bass and vocals LOLOLOL really moron? Rock and classical have been around for ages, have they run out of combinations too? UK is in the post-dubstep phase, going back to house and garage roots and some ambient as well, there is always new avenues to pursue. Thats the difference between the UK and USA:

UK : Underground bass culture promoting creativity and experimentationUSA: 15 minute gimmick before running off to the next fad.

Youre part of the digital generation where kids with 10 minute attention spans have no time to appreciate anything and are so pathetic that they are rehashing shit that is already done (the 80s.....seriously?). Brostep was doomed and im sure some of the producers knew it, but actual bass culture will always thrive. Youre from Florida, so writing and doing stupid things come pretty natural to you, but stay the hell out of EDM, you have no idea what youre talking about.

Prophit
Prophit

I can't wait for the sweet release

guesswho
guesswho

YOU are shitty Christmas music!!  That Home Alone song is AWESOME!

Woah
Woah

VOMIT EVERYWHERE 

Woah
Woah

"Indie" is short for "independent" music.... So it's always gonna be around. 

Steve
Steve

It won't fade into the distance. Like a poster above said, it will slide back underground where it came from. There are always people who stick with a genre no matter what retarded route it's taking in "mainstream". Electronic music always gets thrust into mainstream at some point, and then falls back out of it. With that said, there are always artists who still make great underground music in all of the genres for years after people like you think they faded. 

ARSH
ARSH

There is only 1 prodigy. There are a lot of Skrillex's like

guest
guest

So the rave scene died in the 90's and now its coming back with dub-step? What is your evidence that it won't die again and come back in another form 10-20 years later?

tsunflow21
tsunflow21

Laughing at your own jokes makes it phunnnnyyyy!!!!

tsunflow21
tsunflow21

Dont apply to Harvard anytime soon

123
123

u probably one of those kids that gets beat up! ha!

Mmmmaa
Mmmmaa

Not willing to be disrespectful to the music you seem to like but do not compare classical music / a full orchestra with dubstep. Not many can write an orchestral piece, every asshole can dubstep...

human
human

psst... your period blood is showing...

Ermis
Ermis

He didn't say anything about the rave scene not dying in 10-20 yrs. We got our rave scene resurrected back here in Vilnius Lithuania over the last 10 years and I'm glad dubstep had influenced this. LONG LIVE BASS CULTURE.

Klrkatbookings
Klrkatbookings

Not exactly saying it's coming back with Dubstep, but Dubstep has been a positive springboard to launch the many different Sub-genres of EDM back into orbit. It's current prominence is a result of it being new, fresh, and constantly changing. I honestly don't even use the word "Brostep" because it was created by Dubstep-haters, but if I had define what Brostep means and compare with music from the past I would compare it to Metal and Glam-Metal in the 80's. Hardcore metal like Metallica and Sepultura and Glam-Metal like Poison and Kiss. They are all equally GREAT musicians but most of the puritans of metal culture would write-off bands like Poison and Kiss.

But to answer your question, most genres will just return to the raw essence where they began once the mainstream wears them out. Like I believe Hip Hop is slowly (very slowly lol) going back to the rawness it once had because everyone who loves it thinks it's dying and they want to keep it alive.

I have been in the live EDM scene for my entire life, and yes, the rave scene definitely died in the late 90's because of all the drug busts at the clubs and warehouses. Promoters were afraid to throw parties because of fears that they would get busted. I can even remember going to a few raves in the late 1999 early 2000 where real cops would search you like you're at the fucking airport in post 9/11. And with all that bullshit, "real" raves took a hiatus for a few years. Fast forward to late 2005 in the UK (mostly Croydon and Bristol) Dubstep formed from an amalgamation of the dark breakbeat bridges in Garage, the rhythm of 2-step, and the grittiness of Industrial. The first makers of Dubstep were unknown and so was the genre so they were forced to throw unofficial and unfiltered warehouse shows which brought back that feeling of what a "real" rave once was in the early 90's. Since Dubstep has recently risen to the forefront of EDM, some of the other sub-genres have been free to somewhat breathe as they once did, especially Electro, which shares some DNA with Dubstep. 

I understand if you're not into this type of music, believe me I do, every genre has it's dislikers. But you really can't accurately test the temperature of it or where it's going if this is a scene you are looking at from the outside. 

shinedown
shinedown

Whats wrong human, mad because OP called Florida out? Go burn a Koran or make a guest appearance on Cops, it'll make you feel better.

Hdechter
Hdechter

pssst....youre not as witty as you think faggot

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