Does PSU love dubstep?

ZACH WAGNER | Collegio Reporter

The turbulent techno, blasting bass and electronic- feel of dubstep-genre music has struck chords with PSU students.
Danny Davis says he considers himself a dubstep enthusiast.
“I’ve been listening to dubstep for about Hot New Dating Advice For Women Ebooks a year now. A lot of Skrillex, some Flex Pavillion as well,” said Davis, freshman in exercise science. “Dubstep music has a different feel to it. There’s a lot of inten- sity with it and it gives off a dance beat. I think that’s something other music can’t do.”
Dubstep music began to emerge in the United Kingdom around the early 2000s. It was initially an electronic dance music that incorporated instrumental dub remixes (techno music added to regular sound- tracks) of two-step garage tracks. It was popular in the underground party scene. The new beats swiftly gained popularity in the mid-2000s, and the name for the style of music became “dubstep.” In 2007, various disc jockeys began to call themselves dubstep artists. Skrillex, Flex Pavillion and Deadmau5 have all gained popularity in contemporary pop culture.

A crowd moves to dubstep at Dalton’s Event Center outside Pittsburg on Jan. 22. Photo by: Hunter Peterson

A crowd moves to dubstep at Dalton’s Event Center outside Pittsburg on Jan. 22. Photo by: Hunter Peterson

Susan Marchant, director of choral activities, says those who appreciate this form of music have a distinct attraction to the particular feel it delivers.
“With its emphasis on rhythm, incessant, repetitive, even aggressive, I think it takes on a certain hypnotic effect,” Marchant said. “It can be fascinating in its own way, as the listener is drawn into the cycles of repeti- tions. Because the live performance is rather loud with a prominent bass sound, I think that performances robably are felt as much as heard.” Dubstep music is more popular now than it has
ever been. Skrillex artist Sonny Moore received three Grammys for his dubstep music and various mainstream artists, ranging from Snoop Dogg to Rihanna, have taken that intense “hypnotic effect” and they have begun merging it into the background of their own music.
Despite the genre’s recent popularity, not all Pitt State students enjoy dubstep. Tess England says she prefers other music styles.
“I’ve had my friends show me some of their dubstep music, and I’m not super crazy about it,” said England, senior in communication. “I’m definitely more of a country music person.”
Trey Meyer says he was a D.J. for three years in the Wichita area, and he feels that, since 2007, dubstep music appeals to a new generation.
“Dubstep is a more heavy and very active music. When a mass crowd of people are listening to it you can see how it affects their energy in a unique way,” said Meyer, freshman in environmental life science. “There are a lot of people out there, hipsters in particular, that wish dubstep had stayed underground, so it would not have been released as a mainstream music. But I think it is better being out there for more people to be exposed to it.”
Monthly light show “Dubfix” concerts held in Spring- field, Mo., are an example of how dubstep has gone viral throughout the Midwest.
Ian Perron is one of many PSU students who have attended one of these shows.
“It’s unlike any other concert,” said Perron, senior in biology. “I don’t think any other music can offer a feel like that.”

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