One of the most significant musical genres to emerge this century is Dubstep, an electronic music spinoff with South London origins that began in the early 2000s. As defined by Wikipedia, Dubstep was originally a "half step club genre with big bass played around 140 beats per minute." But of course, it is so much more than that.
Dubstep was born out of a conscious "rejection" to and moving away from Uk garage, an EDM/club genre that defined the optimistic and extravagant spirit of the mid to late 90s United Kingdom. Uk garage music took people out of the "gray" Britain characterized by 1980s austerity into a colorful, vibrant and aspirational lifestyle highlighted by extravagant fashion, luxury and wealth. It was escapism at its finest, where people were just “extra” - riding up to the club dressed to the nines, chugging the best champagne and living large.
In the early 2000s, the first Dubstep artists and pioneers emerged. The sound they produced made it clear that Dubstep was well and truly a splinter genre, rejecting the escapism and ostentatious UK garage sound. Dubstep was darker, intense, slightly morose and brooding. The music embraced the "gray" - accepting and reveling in the stark reality of isolation and alienation prevalent in post 9-11 Britain - instead of trying to escape from it.
Even promotional and marketing materials made it clear: Dubstep was different. The visuals that accompanied new releases - album covers, photoshoots and more - presented a new breed of musicians - they looked normal and ordinary.
Over the next decade, between 2000 and 2010, Dubstep thrived, driven by DJ/artists such as Mala, Skream, Coki and Burial. Their beats enlivened parties and raves with deeply resonant tracks that, though dark and moody, delivered transcendental and almost religious moments of optimism and hope that unexpectedly lifted the spirits of those listening. Many believed it was best listened to inside a cavernous rave blasting from giant speakers, but at its artistic height, Dubstep made an impact wherever you first heard it.
Between 2008 and 2010, however, a few Dubstep spinoff genres popped up, such as purple music, Dubstep tear out and bro-step, which had melodic intros and modulated bass lines. Bro-step became extremely popular worldwide thanks to a Dubstep DJ/producer from Los Angeles named Skrillex. Due to his popularity, Skrillex's music is now the "definitive" Dubstep – even if it was very different from Dubstep’s original incarnation. He took Dubstep in a new direction, making it more mainstream and attracting a newer audience.
"The change which took place in the Dubstep scene can't be whittled down to any particular song, mix cd or artist." New musical experimentation and innovation led to new sounds, attracting new audiences. So despite the title, Skrillex might not deserve all the hate. He simply helped the inevitable come about. The change in Dubstep was happening within, as part of the natural evolution and development of any art form.