Getting Thumped

The bass line is everything in dubstep, whose core moves like robo-elephants, stomping and booming along.

Dubstep is the first music genre to have been birthed and cultivated in the thick of the Information Age. It is becoming the Internet's version of rock and roll, a unique musical happening gobbled up at 4G.

It's Elvis shaking his hips on YouTube or Michael Jackson debuting the moonwalk on Vimeo.

"When this started, people were saying that it was just another drug music phase," says Kurian. "But it has this rich past and is living its own excellent history right now. We all get to be a part of that, and that's what we or anybody that was around when it started wanted."

Suraj K, fifth from left with the rest of the Gritsy crew, started a dubstep night in Houston early in 2006. Today Houston is regarded as one of the best dubstep markets in the United States.
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Suraj K, fifth from left with the rest of the Gritsy crew, started a dubstep night in Houston early in 2006. Today Houston is regarded as one of the best dubstep markets in the United States.
Gritsy crowds, such as this New Year's Eve 2011 show at Warehouse Live, have been filling Houston-area venues for several years.
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Gritsy crowds, such as this New Year's Eve 2011 show at Warehouse Live, have been filling Houston-area venues for several years.

That's sort of the point of this whole thing, too, maybe.

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Claystone
Claystone

They forgot the rampant bromosexuality, hand in hand with weed mentality, and "dubstep is dirtier than..." jokes....

This article is more of a joke than laptop DJs...

Michael_jozwiak
Michael_jozwiak

Being not sure if I ever heard a "dubstep" song, I searched the term "dubstep" at YouTube. The three samples heard seems to suggest a melody or ambient melody backed by a screwed version of drum and bass that morphes in and out of electronic avante gard. The genre's great-grandfather could be a band called Neu. What is DJ Chris Anderson's opinion of this genre? How does sheet music of dubstep compare to sheet music of Beatle songs?

Corey
Corey

Kids won't even know neu, or any krautrock, and the beatles are considered prehistoric. But your screwed up drum beat is because it's in 3/4 time, or 2/3, not 4/4 like house or most western music, strangely in the same time signature as a waltz. But as far as innovation you're quite right, there is none, and it's about as ambient as a sledgehammer.

Corey
Corey

Here Gritsy is a clan of Houston DJ's who play music that was once relevant (if I hear snake eater again I may puke) but now has gone commercial and is the teeny bopper genre of the moment. Go see them if you want some bass to stand up the hairs on your arm, and if you're over 21 god forbid normally some good drink specials. Outside of that, there is real music.

Al Likes Music
Al Likes Music

It's 3am on the night of the St. Pat's Day Freebie and my chest has been up against one of the Wall of Bass subwoofers for Suraj's set for over an hour and it felt like my life was hangin' by a string! It's that kind of bass! Music fo yo chest! Big up Gritsy! Respect & salute! :)

Rory Hohensee
Rory Hohensee

Ugrayed is the shit ! big ups to Gritsy and all the Bassheads makin it happen

Basslover
Basslover

learn to spell when giving props homie !

Regina
Regina

Who ever wrote this did a terrible job . Lets try for once having an article about dubstep without mentioning Skrillex ,because dubstep is bigger than one person. Obvioulsy who ever did their reseach didnt research enough considering they couldn't even explain what makes girtsy what it is ,and that would be EVERYONE in it. Damn couldnt even explain how collectivley they make what girsty is , and couldnt even put their names under the picture. Lazy reporting and writing. Sad what a waste this could have been a great article.

Josh
Josh

Dubstep: serious fuckin business

Erin
Erin

Regina its spelled G.R.I.T.S.Y

Corey
Corey

Du(M)bstep had it's time, 2-3 years ago now it's a fad on it's last legs. Though I will say Suraj and Ted are ace gents, I'm just bored of the same LFO modulated square bass lines. There is more to music than macho bass.

Dudley "Booger" Dawson
Dudley "Booger" Dawson

Dubstep is absolute crap. Shitty music imported from the UK that makes suicide look great. I'd rather listen to Bette Middler rap NWA songs than listen to this WUBWUBWUBWUBWUBWUBWUBWUBWUBWUBWUB.

John Nova Lomax
John Nova Lomax

Wow, people have finally figured out a way to make reggae nervous-making.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Good article man. I still don't like dubstep or, more precisely, what it has become, but it was a good read.

Geezy
Geezy

Gotta agree with Hex here. I'm a pretty big fan overall of most EDM music and have been around long enough to remember the 90's. I guess, like everything sooner or later it will evolve- the commercialization of what was once such an underground preference and adapted taste in music is a bit overwhelming.

Congrats to Gritsy though, seem to be doing their thing and that's a big plus for the Houston music scene.

SS
SS

Wow. "Unlike with other kinds of EDM (fairly or unfairly), the stigma of heavy drug use has never been attached to dubstep."

 

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