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Post-Dubstep

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Post-dubstep is, as the name would suggest, the newer form of dubstep music, or "after dubstep". This form of music came much later than the original, and has spawned what is known as brostep. This article will be about both brostep and the post form of dubstep.

This form of dubstep can include many different sounds and have many similarities to other genres. It's like a fusion genre, mixing elements from one and another. The most common genre it will be fused with is ambient music, which is quite interesting, because on the surface, they are opposites, but you know what they say "opposites attract."

It can also go to its roots and include sounds from UK garage and 2-step, as well as other forms of EDM. The tempo in this newer form drops slightly from the original, going to an average tempo of about 130 beats per minute. But let’s not forget about brostep. That is, actually the main form of post-dubstep.

Well, I'm sure many of you reading this have heard of the producer Skrillex. Skrillex is probably the best example of brostep. While dubstep usually relies on the deep sub-bass as its foundation, brostep focuses on higher pitched sounds. These can be described as robotic noises or metal-like aggression.

A little later when brostep moved on to bigger places, these previously mentioned sounds would be replaced with something that sounded like an electric guitar used in the genre heavy metal. This was produced by heavily distorting the bass (whether it’s the bass drum or the actual bass, created with the synthesizer).

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So, in 2011, this term was used by producers, artists and record labels alike to describe a style of music that grabbed most of its influences from dubstep, but had a different overall sound. Since there were so many different musical styles that could and were being attached to it, it was never really a specific music genre.

Brostep on the other hand, is more specific and we can give it an overall sound (as I did in the "sound" section). It was developed during the same time, in 2011, with Skrillex being the front-runner of this genre in the U.S. Although believe it or not, it wasn't Skrillex that started brostep, it was British producers like Rusko and Caspa who, at the time were using these techniques.

From there, it just sort of evolved into brostep. Another interesting fact is that, when it became more popular, metal bands starting working with brostep artists to create a new sound, that some call metalstep. The band Korn for example worked with several different dubstep artists in their 2011 album The Path of Totality. 

Post-Dubstep Specifications

Average Beats Per Minute: 130

Where It Originated: England

Stylistically Similar To: Dubstep, Electronic Dance Music, UK garage

Year Developed: 2011

Sub-genres

General Drum and Bass - Back to the overview of drum and bass.

Darkstep - It's dark, fast and full of energy. What more could you ask for?

Dubstep - Get with the "WUB WUB WUB" and feel that intense bass!

Post-Dubstep - The evolution of dubstep. Productions from 2011 and on.

Jump-Up - Jump up for this music! You really don't have a choice.

Liquid Funk -Softer and more ambient in nature. Does it taste good?

Neurofunk - Evolved from techstep, having many similarities to jazz and funk as well.

Techstep - A very technical genre, as well as being quite... step-like. Just read the page.

You are at post-dubstep.

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