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WMC Preview: The Week in Dubstep

For those of you unfamiliar with dubstep, its sound first originated in

London in the early 2000's and is a close relative of both UK garage

and drum 'n' bass. Rooted in the sparse yet effects-laden production

stylings of dub reggae, one of dubstep's best qualities is its

versatility in encompassing elements of pretty much any electronic

music genre you can think of: trance, electro, hip-hop, jungle, etc.

What characterizes it as its own sound, however, are the fast 165-185

bpm breakbeats accompanied by heavy, gut-rattling sub-bass --it's

all about the bass!

Dubstep should probably be alot more popular in the States, but so far

it has only caught on at the fringe of EDM subculture. But it could be

huge if more people got exposed to it over here, because it often

boasts that same wicked swagger as crunk hip-hop, and that same

blissed-out booty-bouncing directive (without the atrocious vocals.) Of

course we can count on WMC week to bring us some rare dubstep talent

both regional and international. If you're feeling limber, open-minded

and wanna think outside the four-to-the-floor box, you'll do good in

checking out at least one of these parties.

Dub & Bass: A Celebration of Bass Culture

Not

strictly a dubstep night, you'll hear everything from drum 'n' bass and

jungle to old school breaks at this celebration of all things bass. The

dubstep area will feature, among others, MRK-1, Infiltrata, Trill Bass

with DJ Lord of Public Enemy, and Miami's own Juan Basshead.

Wednesday, March 25, 8 p.m.-5 a.m. Jazid, 1342 Washington Ave, Miami Beach. $10 before 11 p.m./$15 after.

London Bass in Miami Pt. 2

With its intimate setting and stellar lineup, this is the

dubstep event to attend this year. Artists featured include none other

than the actual pioneers of dubstep, Skream and Benga, pivotal figures since the genre's early days in

the London borough of Croydon. These are the originals --not to be

missed! They are joined by Juan Basshead, our greatest local proponent

of dubstep and owner of Black Sheep Bar, one of the few joints in Miami

where you can hear this stuff all year around.

Thursday, March 26, 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Black Sheep Music Lounge, 721 N. Lincoln Lane, Miami Beach.

Future Sound of Breaks 2009

This

is the biggest '09 WMC event for the myriad breakbeat movements of the

world. With something like 200+ international artists ranging the

entire spectrum of sounds, you'll see everyone from legendary drum 'n'

bassists Goldie, Ed Rush and Optical, to Skream, Mala, Plastician

and even our very own Otto Von Schirach who will join the dubstep

arena that night!

Friday, March 27, 2009, 9 p.m.-10 a.m. Soho Studios, 2136 N.W. 1st Ave, Miami.

Dubstep should probably be alot more popular in the States, but so far

it has only caught on at the fringe of EDM subculture. But it could be

huge if more people got exposed to it over here, because it often

boasts that same wicked swagger as crunk hip-hop, and that same

blissed-out booty-bouncing directive (without the atrocious vocals.) Of

course we can count on WMC week to bring us some rare dubstep talent

both regional and international. If you're feeling limber, open-minded

and wanna think outside the four-to-the-floor box, you'll do good in

checking out at least one of these parties.

Dub & Bass: A Celebration of Bass Culture

Not

strictly a dubstep night, you'll hear everything from drum and bass and

jungle to old school breaks at this celebration of all things bass. The

dubstep area will feature, among others, MRK-1, Infiltrata, Trill Bass

with DJ Lord of Public Enemy, and Miami's own Juan Basshead.

Wednesday, March 25, 8 p.m.-5 a.m. Jazid, 1342 Washingtong Ave, Miami Beach. $10 before 11 p.m./$15 after.

London Bass in Miami Pt. 2

With its intimate setting and stellar lineup, this is the

dubstep event to attend this year. Artists featured include none other

than the actual pioneers of dubstep, Skream and Benga, who

single-handedly invented the genre at the beggining of the decade in

the London borough of Croydon. These are the originals --not to be

missed! They are joined, by Juan Basshead, our greatest local proponent

of dubstep and owner of Black Sheep Bar, one of the few joints in Miami

where you can hear this stuff all year around.


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