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Dubstep Gains Popularity In Teens

By Adam Blakemore


What is Dubstep?

According to a dubstep-based website,, Dubstep music probably originated from Jamaican dub music, and electronic sound made by really low frequencies. The dubstep genre did not start until 2002 however, when the term was first used in Croydon, South London. The music spread in popularity for a short time, before being spread out in combination with house and club music. Recently, dubstep has been adapted into songs by hit singers like Britney Spears and has become part of modern music culture.

Q&A: Senior Alison Nichols

1. Who is your favorite Dubstep artist, and why?
Dassik, because they just feel more original to me.
2. What makes Dubstep different from other types and genres of music?
It has a completely different sound and a different approach to how the music is made.
3. Why do you enjoy listening to dubstep?
I enjoy how much work goes into each song, and I feel like the moment leading up to the drop is one of the most suspenseful things ever.
Q&A: Senior Darius Gibson
1. Who is your favorite Dubstep artist, and why?
I think Flux pavilion is my favorite.
2. What makes Dubstep different from other types and genres of music?
It has influences from a lot of other music genres.
3. Why do you enjoy listening to dubstep?
 I like to listen to it because it is really different than any other kind of music.

Q&A: Senior Savannah Woodfin

1. Who is your favorite Dubstep artist, and why?
I like skrillex, because he does remixes of a bunch of different songs that weren’t originally dubstep.
2. What makes Dubstep different from other types and genres of music?
The beat is so different, and a lot of the songs don’t use tons of words. The sounds like people screaming and doors slamming really help to make the song.
3. Why do you enjoy listening to dubstep?
The beat just gives you a rush, and when i’m driving I want to crank it all the way up.

Q&A: Fashion Marketing Teacher Kim Beales

1. Who is your favorite Dubstep artist, and why?
Deadmau5, I love his mouse ear helmet.
2. What makes Dubstep different from other types and genres of music?
It’s different because it’s so electric, and it’s just one person doing all kinds of different things and sounds, not like a whole band.
3. Why do you enjoy listening to dubstep?
Don’t laugh, but when I’m cleaning the house it helps to keep me motivated. It’s not like rap, so I actually like it.
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    Tasia FaulconMay 28, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Dubstep music is extremely different. Especially since the Dubstep I’ve heard has no words. I really didn’t like Dubstep before but when I first read this article I became interested and listened to some of it and I actually kind of like it. Although I do think people make a bigger deal out of it than they should.

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    Faven ButlerMay 28, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    I did not hear about dubstep music until recently. Although I am not a huge fan of it, it was interesting to hear the unique beats and sounds that this new genre contains. I have heard of many people becoming more and more interested in this particular style. I can certainly agree that it is different than any other type of music I have ever heard.

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    Bradley CooperMay 27, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    The beats and rhythm of this new genre of music have left music lovers hungry for more. It’s hard to explain to people what dubstep really is and the feeling it evokes in people. It is one of my favorite types of music.

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    Sarah Beth HowardMay 26, 2012 at 7:25 am

    Some things that people don’t realize is that just as languages change and evolve, so does music. Traditional music is rampant and highly influential of all of the genres of music found today. There are even ideas that music travels in this big circle: Country is leaning toward rock, and rock is leaning toward rap, etc. Its always changing. But forms of music like these will always have a definite message and definite unique aspect of sound. Just like one could easily identify motown, one would easily identify dubstep. However, most people should look at all the different kinds of music and see how they are sometimes even slightly connected. This would make it easy to see the evolution and understand the interconnected language that music has.

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    Marshall DunnMay 23, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    I think that introducing an article about what music people is a great way to display information about the latest fads. Personally, I almost never know what is new, much less know anything about the latest trends. I also like how it takes the time to explain what Dubstep actually is in the first place; at least I have a general idea as to what it is.

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    Chloe AlexanderMay 23, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    I am glad that Adam took the opportunity to explain what exactly Dubstep means. Fans of dubstep, as with fans of anything, get frustrated when people do not understand their interest. This article does a great way of relating it to students and giving examples of dubstep groups that we can look into.

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    Rachel PughMay 23, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    It’s nice that TRN makes time for fun little features like this that capture the students’ attention by focusing on topics relevant to their everyday lives. I personally don’t listen to dubstep, but I like the Q & A format of the article because it helps one to view others’ appreciation. I also like that they even interviewed a staff member!

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    Matthew SchneckMay 23, 2012 at 5:54 pm

    With the Dubstep craze sweeping the nation, it is great to see that TRN is taking the time to explain what the music is and how it originated to those not familiar with the music itself. The question and answer section of the article was great as it allowed readers to see opinions of several different demographics.

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    Stephen BrockwellMay 23, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    Although I am aware of the growing popularity of Dubstep, I had no idea it had a history quite as extensive as this article describes. I am glad that this article shows the opinions of students on the subject, as it is good to see what the readers have to say on some matters.

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    Megan JonsonMay 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    I was actually not very familiar with Dubstep music. This article did a good job of explaining and clarifying, I did not know it was only technically introduced in 2002. My only suggested would be that reading the surveys was a little confusing, they all ran together because they were the same questions.