Notable Subgenres: Brostep, Luvstep, Thugstep
Notable Artists: Skream, Benga, Skrillex, Borgore, Coki, Mala, Nero, Flux Pavilion, Kode 9, Rusko, Bassnectar, Excision, Datsik, 12th Planet, Caspa, Joker
Notable Labels: DMZ, Tempa, Wheel & Deal, Dub Police
Contrary to popular belief, dubstep was not directly born from a love of dub music; it started as a darker, more experimental take on the 2-step sound that was running through London in the late 1990s. Clocking in at 140BPM, the early sound of dubstep was far from the aggressive tracks that are associated with the genre today. Early incarnations of dubstep are over a decade old, but the sound really started to grow in 2005, with DJs like John Peel and Mary Anne Hobbs helping bring the exciting new flavor to UK radio. Today, the sound is far from a London thing, and spent many years as the genre to many of today's EDM fans.