Dubstep: What the 99% Call Music

The other day I decided to be a little venturesome in my late night booze crawl. Instead of making my usual rounds at the bar scene across from campus, I was lured downtown by a friend of mine based on promises of scantily clad women and some “Drink Free Until Midnight Special.” Normally I’d brush the proposal off and stick to my guns of all you can drink wells, but for some reason I decided to take the leap of faith and stroll over to the other side of night life. For those of you who don’t know, Gainesville’s downtown is a clusterfuck of establishments which call themselves “clubs.” Now, when I think of clubs, the first thing that comes to mind is something a little more sophisticated than the first place I walked into. Instead of your run-of-the-mill loud house music and people sporting black in hopes of looking edgy, I was bombarded with lasers, glowsticks, and something that sounded like a fax machine was dry humping my bottomed out jet-ski. This assortment of ear-raping screeches and womps is apparently a new fad in music called dubstep,

On first listen, I thought that the sound system might have been to blame, as the place seemed more concerned with the 30×30 wall of pulsating lights and lasers than the actual noises coming out of the speakers from overhead. Sadly, I was wrong. Apparently what sounded to me like my computer taking a shit is what the kids are listening to now. By the way, the kids who are really into this stuff are the absolute worst. Ever consider throwing on a pair of ray bans without the lenses, sewing together whatever neon clothing you can find at goodwill and wearing skinny jeans before you go out? Didn’t think so. But the dubstep fanatics seem to think it’s the fucking innest and coolest. I actually looked into one of the “artists” who creates the stuff and goes by the stage name Skrillex. Never before have I seen a person who looked like the spawn of some demented hippy-goth-robot-three-way, until I googled Skrillex.

As I looked on in sheer confusion at what was going on in front of me, I could not help but think of my father’s stories of disco polluting the club scene when he was in college. However, those were just people who liked to dance and do coke. On the slide scale of awful, that doesn’t even touch the things I saw and heard that night.

“I’m rolling my face off bro!!!!”

“Did you hear that bass drop man?”

Instead of some light hearted dance music and a little blow, these kids are getting their thrills from guttural howls and whatever drugs hipsters do these days. To me it seems where disco died and decomposed, some parasitic demon crawled out of its remains and claimed to be music. That claim is fraudulent. In dubstep, there is no meaning, and there certainly is no soul.

I get that clubs need to play music you can dance to, however tweaking out on amphetamines and grind-fucking on the floor isn’t dancing at all. Even the mindless dance pop of the 90s was better than this crap clubs keep peddling. Furthermore, what happened to the great American rockbands that have simply disappeared? Who took the place of CCR and Skynyrd? I guess this generation decided that learning to play an instrument was too archaic and a computer program would suffice. If the direction of our youth is reflected in their musical choices, this country’s downward spiral just got a whole lot faster. Until there is a substantial switch, I’m sticking to the bars where people get drunk to have a good time under normal lighting and “FREEEEEEBIRRRDDDD!” is the only thing requested.

    1. fratitat

      Agreed. Skrillex may be a full-on geed but I had a great time at his concert.

      Not exactly Dubstep but Justice and Daft Punk were easily the best concerts i’ve ever been to.

      13 years ago at 7:56 am
    2. Fratting hard

      I concur. I saw Garreth Emery while studying abroad. Definitely one of the hardest night of raging I’ve ever had. Walked out of the place thinking it was around 2 and it was 6:30 am

      13 years ago at 8:14 am
    3. funkyd04

      You kidding me?? Dubstep makes me feel uncomfortable. The sounds are so abrasive and incoherent. I feel like i want to enjoy it, but i simply can’t get over that awkward feeling i get when i listen to it.

      13 years ago at 8:30 am
    4. FrozenFrat

      Dubstep is great music, but you can’t listen to shit like chrispy, skrillex, or that unbearable fuck rusko. These 16 year olds playing around with wobbly base in fruity loops isn’t music production, but actual artists like nero are taken seriously around the world because their tracks are actually music and not just trying to make dirty bass lines.

      Writing off the entire genre because of shitty artists is the wrong approach. I don’t judge rock off of the fucking eagles, even though they were popular for some reason. Ditto for rap and retards like soulja boy.

      13 years ago at 8:36 am
      1. Fratmandu

        Oh cool you listen to obscure music that not many people like or know about? Let’s talk about it man!

        13 years ago at 10:26 pm
    5. Fraterdom

      I Like CCR and country and other classics just like everyone else, but I know first-hand that dubstep and similar genres can be a lot of fun. Get some friends and a shit load of molly or blow and hit up Dayglow. If you don’t have an incredible time then you don’t know what raging is.

      13 years ago at 10:36 am
    6. DavidAllanBro

      “Raging” is for queers who live on the west coast or in the north. Goddammit, it pisses me off when someone says raging.

      13 years ago at 10:38 am
      1. buffrat

        Then make a southern TFM site and fuck off. With all the money I hear y’all have down there it shouldn’t be hard.

        13 years ago at 11:18 am
    7. XivoryS

      Theres nothing wrong with dubstep music or any music if you can pull it off then your TFTC. Im a country fan myself..Keep the Change!!!! but rage to some dubstep

      13 years ago at 12:13 pm
    8. Honor Super Omnia

      Nero is a great artist. Anyone who says otherwise obviously knows nothing about music.

      – Turned down a Berklee scholarship

      13 years ago at 12:14 pm
    9. DavidAllanBro

      It’s *Skynyrd dumbfuck. And no CCR doesn’t “rape” them. They were both fucking good. Also, I don’t know what the fuck daft punk or justice is. You don’t sound American.

      13 years ago at 2:05 pm
    10. Six_Thirty

      I blacked in to Pretty Lights at Lollapalooza this year, it made love to my mind.

      13 years ago at 8:43 pm
    11. FratFrat11

      Take molly there and then write about your time. Your perspective will change.

      13 years ago at 1:02 am
    12. USS Hazer

      I feel like beating the absolute dogshit out of half of the commenters right here. And I know I could because they’re obviously shitbag tools who like whatever the fuck dubstep is.

      13 years ago at 11:57 am
    13. Constantine1855

      ^This guy has said the only thing on this string of mentally challenged comments that has made any sense. This is not music, in fact it is what is RUINING music. I was scared for music first when all that shitty “rap” came out, now it is all just hopeless. Lets just pray the decent bands we all love (OAR, Sister Hazel, Third Eye Blind, etc.) do not become obsolete. But with the way this “music” sounds, we are all fucked.

      13 years ago at 7:38 pm
    14. smooth

      after reading this article, this is the last time ill be on this site full of fucking judgemental scumbag pieces of shit. none of you are the 1%. no ones dad on this site is a fortune 500 ceo. get over all of yourselves.

      13 years ago at 8:50 am
    15. Scotch_Neat

      Geedfest 2011. Robot ear rape is not something any decent Fraternity man would ever engage in. *To.

      13 years ago at 11:32 am
    16. FratDaddyAK2B

      Dubstep is awesome! There’s no better way to piss off your neighbors rather than blaring Skrillex or Flux Pavilion.

      13 years ago at 1:59 pm
  1. Fratstar Runner

    Come on now. If you can’t rage, grind, and be a bad ass to dubstep, you aren’t raging properly.

    13 years ago at 12:46 am
    1. John Quincy Fratams

      I’m sure if I had to, I could tolerate dubstep and rage to it. Luckily, I have surrounded myself with people who don’t listen to fucking shitty music that sounds like a car unsuccessfully starting. Dubstep is absolute garbage and Skrillex and Deadmau5 and all those other weirdos suck and it’s ridiculous that people consider them “artists”.

      13 years ago at 12:56 am
    2. DavidAllanBro

      I will never come to appreciate this “genre” of bullshit. Also, the term “raging” is for queers on the west coast and in the north, who wear those gay fucking neon tanktop things. Fuck.

      13 years ago at 10:35 am
    3. Bronan the Barbarian

      DAB, I usually agree with you, but if you aren’t using “raging” down there in the south, then what the fuck are you all calling going out, getting shithammered, and having a generally awesome night? I mean, you could just call it what it is, but that’s a pretty long explanation to give someone.

      and we do not wear those retarded neon tanktop things. Those of us that aren’t bottom tier fucks have much more self-respect than that.

      13 years ago at 11:07 am
    4. tradstar

      Dayglow – Charleston was ridiculous. Top tiers at USC disagree with you DavidAllan.

      13 years ago at 12:47 pm
    5. DerekHuff

      DavidAllan, I find myself agreeing with most of your comments. It fucking pisses me off when I hear people say they want to “rage,” and dubstep has got to be one of the most awful things ever invented

      13 years ago at 1:46 pm
    6. VineyardSlampiece

      Its only okay to listen to when your drunk, besides that I’d rather get a headache from too much caffeine and adderall, then this ‘music.’

      13 years ago at 10:30 pm
  2. runninginthewetgrass

    I agree, kids these days listen to this crap and call it music. I feel sorry for them, and hope it doesn’t catch on everywhere. and “sounded like a fax machine was dry humping my bottomed-out jet ski” was a perfect explanation of this crap if nobody know what it sounds like

    13 years ago at 12:51 am
    1. Wings1240

      On contraire, music can be anything from a guitar shredding a solo to the simple tapping of spoons. The point here is you may not agree that it’s music but good for fucking you! That’s the beauty of it, I don’t have to listen to you and you don’t have to listen to me. On that note, it should be noted that all sounds creating frequency in a rhythmic beat shall be considered music… except for Rascal Flats and Justin Beiber.

      13 years ago at 12:38 pm
    1. Self Broclaimed

      ^^It’s a reference to their first album. Also I can’t believe he misspelled Skynyrd on the anniversary of the infamous plane crash…disrespectful.

      13 years ago at 10:31 am
    2. DavidAllanBro

      Ronnie Van Zant would be so fucking pissed off if he heard “dubstep” or whatever the fuck that european bullshit is.

      13 years ago at 10:33 am
  3. koonforpres

    First off, it takes some serious skill to produce dubstep; because that’s what they are, producers. It isn’t just this ‘press play’ shit that DJ’s use. Secondly, it was swept the nation; get a fucking radio and find out for yourself. Thirdly, if you really think that the great classic rock its that we all know and love are gone just because clubs play the newest version of electro/house, remember that that’s exactly what everyone was saying twenty years ago about the club music that you’re so adamantly revering. dubstep takes skill and musical talent just like every other genre; if you don’t believe me just pick up a laptop and try making some of this ‘shit’. Fucking Floridian tool.

    13 years ago at 1:09 am
    1. Moose_

      Just because it takes skill doesn’t mean it’s good. Your music is bad and you should feel bad for listening to it.

      13 years ago at 1:14 am
    2. Frat OClock

      Composing a symphony takes musical talent. Writing lyrics and music to make a great song takes musical talent.

      Speeding up a Katy Perry song and a generic bass beat then mashing the two together does not take musical talent. It takes someone with Garage Band and no life.

      13 years ago at 1:40 am
    3. Frat OClock

      Also, if you’re going to claim something takes musical talent and then say ‘pick up a laptop and try’, you should probably notice the ‘musical’ aspect isn’t there.

      It’s like saying playing guitar is really tough, pick up guitar hero and try for yourself.

      13 years ago at 1:43 am
    4. Casey Franthony

      Actually, Dubstep is some of the easiest music to produce. I have only fucked around with a few production programs, and I can make basic Dubstep songs with hard drops and “wobbles”. I will never make this shit, though, because Dubstep is fucking terrible.

      13 years ago at 7:37 am
    5. stockBROkeRAGE

      “It’s like saying playing guitar is really tough, pick up guitar hero and try for yourself.”

      13 years ago at 10:11 am
    6. UGAfratchampion

      ^While I agree with you for the most part, there is one major exception. The US Men’s National Team. If you’re going to sit here and tell me that watching the best soccer players in America run train on all those geed foreigners at their own game isn’t FaF, then you can kindly take several laps. Good day sir.

      13 years ago at 3:48 pm
    7. TopShelfnTopSiders

      It really astounds me how stupid some people in this world are. I can play guitar, piano and drums and it still impresses me what some of these producers can do with their equipment. If the music is bad, why has it caught on so fast? The genre was only introduced in 2009.. Use your fucking brain instead of being so backwards

      13 years ago at 4:36 pm
    8. Moose_

      “If the music is bad, why has it caught on so fast? The genre was only introduced in 2009.. Use your fucking brain instead of being so backwards”

      Popular doesn’t mean good. Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga are popular too.

      13 years ago at 1:31 am
    9. The American Lion

      Toplshelfin sperrys, I don’t care if you can play the durms, guitar or piano because you probably sound like shit, where as my annoying random roommate from a year ago put together shit that sounded pretty much exactly the same as this crap that you all keep saying is so awesome, it is nothing but a altercation of sounds that have already been made by other people. Rock and country require rhythm, skill, intelligence, and hard work, that is why it takes real artists a long fucking time to complete a good song where as your stupid dubstep creators will complete a song in probably a day. It doesn’t require skill, just hours of mixing multiple sounds and altering them. I’m honestly surprised at the number of people on this site right now that are supporting dubstep and calling it quality music, I know we have a bunch of gdi’s on this site trying to post shit but the numbers I am seeing now is a lot more than I had thought. Do not call yourself a fraternity gentleman if you go out dressed like a drugged out hipster to these clubs and do your fucking gloving or what ever they’re fucking calling it.

      13 years ago at 1:16 pm
    10. gammapsi

      Actually the genre has been around since the 90s. Please, think/research before you make an attempt at commenting again.

      13 years ago at 1:15 am
  4. Fratman begins

    Best column I’ve ever fucking read. Fuck dubstep and all of those who enjoy it.

    13 years ago at 1:11 am
    1. More Frat Than You

      “….something that sounded like a fax machine was dry humping my bottomed out jet-ski.” Exactly what i thought when I first heard dubstep

      13 years ago at 1:24 pm
    2. BroMiss

      It’s about time someone said something. It’s literally shit pretending to be music.

      13 years ago at 1:59 pm
  5. BlazersKhakisNattys

    Crushing bronsons listening to CCR, Phish, WSP, DMB, Allman Brothers, etc. FaF .
    Raging ones balls off to Skrillex, Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, etc. Also FaF.

    Swing and a miss, Dipper.

    13 years ago at 1:20 am
    1. MM Sweetland

      You have to be kidding me. No gentleman listens to this bullshit they call “dubstep”. Grow up for fucks sake.

      13 years ago at 2:20 am
    2. Brotastrophe

      A real gentleman respects people’s choices and realizes that a person is probably defined the least by some genre of music they happen to like.

      13 years ago at 4:52 am
    3. FratrickBatemen

      Big Gigantic and Pretty Lights are tolerable as are guys like Glitch Mob, Avicii and Swedish House Mafia. They make good party music and some pretty catchy beats but they are by no means “artists” and their music can not be put on or even near the same level as any of the other bands you listed. Skrillex and dubstep in general does suck donkey balls though. It’s like an electric, gay, European version of death metal.

      13 years ago at 2:21 pm
    4. Moose_

      “It’s like an electric, gay, European version of death metal.”

      That is an incredibly accurate description.

      13 years ago at 8:28 pm
  6. Frat Bateman

    I guess you’ve never seen Bassnectar live before. Dubstep isn’t something I would listen to in my free time but it always gets the party going and I’m not sure how I feel about people telling me what music is FAF or NF.

    13 years ago at 1:24 am
  7. NewMemberEd

    Good article. I agree, dubstep is horrible music and hopefully it is a short lived fad that will soon die out.

    13 years ago at 1:32 am
    1. Frat_In_ZAX

      On the contrary, Dub-step is a great genre, designed for ragers & made by ragers. When I get fucked up I like to do three things. Get pumped by Dub-step, sing classic rock songs, or fuck like a rabbit. I don’t know if I can agree with this article.

      13 years ago at 2:31 am