Q&A With Dubstep Expert/Journalist Tom Dotan: A Dubstep Fan’s Perspective


Tom Dotan, Dubstep Expert/Journalist. Photography by: Jason Brown


Dubstep dates back to 1998, and originated in South London, United Kingdom. Since its inception, it has seen a tremendous growth not only as its own genre of music, but has also branched out into different forms within its own genre. (See our dubstep glossary). The sound has even infiltrated modern music as we know it, with several dubstep remixes of popular songs emerging, as well as the creation of original music featuring the distinct sound. I interviewed Journalist/Dubstep Expert Tom Dotan who reflected on his first exposure to the genre, why he thinks the genre is becoming prevalent in modern music today, and where he thinks it’s headed.

Why did you become interested in Dubstep?

I follow British electronic music and was interested in the precursors to dubstep, two-step and garage. Dubstep, as soon as it crossed my radar was the next step in my exploration through the genre.

What intrigues you about the genre?

It’s very primal and yet totally a product of technology. And it’s visceral, literally. You can feel it in your guts when it’s done right.

Why do you think Dubstep is popular amongst music fans?

I don’t know if popular is the word I’d use, I’m skeptical we’ll ever have a whole pop song done that slowly, and with a bass that distorted. But its peaking into the mainstream is probably because dubstep’s presence is so recognizable so quickly. Pop music is always looking for a signature riff, and dubstep is clearly that.

Do you think its infiltration into the pop world will affect its sound in the future?

Sure. Because dubstep is an amalgam of so many music styles and based on high-end audio technology it will naturally evolve and take in different influences, pop and otherwise.

Where do you see dubstep going? Where do you want it to go?

A musician like James Blake is a good example of what a post dubstep artist– more vocally oriented and less reliant on the “drop.” Remember, dubstep isn’t a new genre, by the time it caught on in America, it was almost 10 years old in the UK. We’re already living in the post dubstep world, despite the new popularity of artists like Skrillex.

Why did you create the Owl City video?

I was interested in mapping out the structure and pattern of a dubstep track; it comes with being a musician and boring music major. It was mostly for my benefit, I didn’t think anyone would really care (do they?). Plus if dubstep can give some soul to a plastic trinket like Fireflies, it must be worth delving into.

Anything you would like to add about dubstep?

Wub wub wubwuwuwuwuwuwwub wubwub voooom!


Also, check out Dotan’s video he created breaking down the components of the dubstep sound in the dubstep remix of Owl City’s hit song Fireflies below: 


Untitled from Tom Dotan on Vimeo.

DubstepIFICATION: With Wobbly Remixes, Dubstep Makes Its Way Into Mainstream Pop Music

Britney Spears, "Hold It Against Me" via adrianhummel.com

Today’s dubstep as it pertains to the pop world has seen a dramatic shift. The most notable is from the Princess of Pop herself, Britney Spears. Her hit single “Hold It Against Me,” has integrated dubstep into the bridge of the song. The simple yet effective dubstep break happens (around 2:19 in the video below) when Spears sings “Gimme something good/ Don’t want to wait, I want it now/ Drop it like a hood, and show me how you work it out.”

We weren’t the only people to notice this change. Back at the beginning of 2011, Los Angeles-based Skrillex, dubbed as the “Prince of Dubstep,” said in an MTV interview that he believed “the more the stuff that is underground becomes mainstream, the more the underground is gonna change. I think it’s gonna inspire people to obviously do something different.”

“I thought the track [“Against Me”] was great overall. I’ll be honest, man: I love Max Martin. I think he’s an absolute genius. And Dr. Luke did it, right? I think they are a f—ing dream team. I love the track! [However] I thought the dubstep part was unnecessary. Not to say it was done wrong. I feel like it was very self-aware and consciously put in there to be ‘the dubstep part.’ I can see a lot of people getting pissed about it — the purist dubstep and drum and bass fans — but at the end of the day, it’s cool that people are trying new things. Sooner or later, anything that happens in the underground — be it watered down or not — it always makes itself into the mainstream. It’s cool to hear.”

Read more from Skrillex’s Interview with MTV here.

Rusko, a UK dubstep artist, also helped produce the track, along with Max Martin and Dr. Luke, and takes responsibility for the brostep sound which this bridge most resembles.

The dubstep world is also infiltrating the pop world by featuring remixes of popular songs. Adele, Kanye West, Foster the People and Ellie Goulding, just to name a few, have seen their songs receive this treatment. So what does this mean for dubstep? I believe this growing trend is helping foster the movement and is bringing dubstep to the forefront of mainstream culture. Plus the songs, with their up beat tempos and heart pounding beats are fun to listen and dance to. Check out these dubstepIFIED songs below.







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[VIDEO] “Why Do You Listen To Dubstep?” Street Interview with Local Fan Alias Fernandez


Why is dubstep so appealing to L.A. fans? The genre’s popularity has skyrocketed over the years and has made its way into the mainstream music scene. With growing technology, the art form has been made easily accessible to a widespread audience and has allowed that audience to create beats of their own.

But what makes the wobbly bass and electronic music so appealing? We went to Dim Mak Studios and interviewed Alias Fernandez on what he thinks about Dubstep in this modern age. We also spoke to him about his first dubstep experience, who can make dubstep, and how he not only utilizes his computer to create beats but how he uses live instruments as well.

Check out his interview below:

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[VIDEO] March 22, 2012: RIZO Presents Pussy Power with Reid Speed and Shortee

Our dubstepping cameras went out to Los Globos in Echo Park for Pussy Power. Were you there? We captured some dubstep music from some amazing women and watched the crowd dance and get pumped up. Check it out: