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WTF is drumstep

By Sean Lewis
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Whether you love it or you hate it, drumstep is making kids go mental in venues from Europe to the United States. For those of you who might be thinking, “WTF is drumstep?” imagine drum ‘n’ bass at half its regular tempo. Still, that’s not exactly correct… it’s more like taking away half of the drums so it sounds like half of the tempo. Well… that’s still not correct, but it’s close so we’ll leave it there.

With the recent boom in dubstep’s popularity, drumstep is seeing its own surge in supporters. Past supporters of drum and bass that converted to dubstep during its evolution are finding excitement in drumstep’s familiar tempo and nostalgic energy.

Maybe it’s the best of both worlds, but don’t take our word for it. Check out what producers and supporters like Heist, Urban Assault (aka Faust & Shortee), Terravita, JSaxton, Vent, Danejah, and Dirty Deeds are saying.

Heist:

“Drumstep, half-time DnB, or whatever you want to call it is causing a lot of fuss at the moment, and I for one hope its here to stay.”

Urban Assault:

“For us, drumstep is becoming the bridge between where DNB and dubstep meet. Technically, it’s DNB, but we think it’s becoming its own thing, which leaves a lot of room to shape the sound of it… and that’s exciting.”

Terravita:

“Drumstep has been around for years, because it’s really just half time drum & bass. Once dubstep emerged as one of the most popular genres of underground electronic music, it was just a natural evolution for both drum & bass and dubstep producers to meet in the middle and merge the two genres to create drumstep. Drumstep allows DJs to spin 174 BPM but still catches the vibe of dubstep.”

JSaxton:

“I suppose it’s basically if jump-up DnB had a love child with dubstep… which turns out to be rather amazing!”

Vent:

“I think for us ‘drumstep’ is just another extension of a very exciting and healthy bass music scene that is going on right now, especially here in the UK. It’s something that combines the power, energy and tempo of drum ‘n’ bass with the rawness, freedom and space that you find in dubstep. It’s become an integral part of our sound, from our studio output to our DJ sets.”

Danejah:

“Drumstep feels like a bit of fresh air in the scene… I understand that the concept of half-time DnB has been around for a long time, but the sound that some of these producers have goin’ right now has me pretty captivated. As a producer I feel that experimenting with DnB tempo has really allowed me to express creativity in ways I couldn’t in dubstep. I feel 100% that drumstep is definitely gonna be something to watch in 2011, I’m just excited to see what happens.”

Dirty Deeds:

“Drumstep music encompasses many of the aspects we all love about dubstep, DnB, and even mainstream electronic music. With a similar swagger to dubstep, yet a tempo and drum pattern close to the DnB genre, it is easily interchangeable and fits into many different DJ’s sets. Drumstep music is something of its own, while at the same time a hybrid of genres, thus making it the newest exciting form of bass music today.”

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