DubStep isn’t new anymore. Hello Moombahton…I love you
It was 2009 and I was driving down the road and I heard a song that would change my life forever. I was listening to BBC radio 1 and Zane Lowe was hyping up his “Hottest Track in the World” as being something of the likes I had never heard before. When he dropped the Jakwob remix of “Under the Sheets” by Ellie Goulding I literally yelled aloud at the first drop. Musically, It was quite possibly the sickest thing I had ever heard, it was grimy and glitchy but its melodies were silky smooth yet hard hitting.
I rushed home to download (legally of course) a bunch of the dubbiest dubs I could find. At the time I was hosting a weekly radio show on WRAS Atlanta and I had to play this music on air as fast as possible. When I went into the station for my weekly Drum and Bass show I dropped some DubStep songs and within my two hour friday night set I received over 150 calls asking what these crazy sounds were. This was unheard of because of the nature of the radio station, downtempo with boring announcers that relentlessly repeat ”and then” as they list off the songs you just heard so I immediately added DubStep into the mix and every week I began producing more and more DubStep heavy sets until I had completely switched formats to a DubStep exclusive show.
DubStep pretty much blew up after that, so much so that on any given night in Atlanta you can hear someone spinning Dubs at numerous venues throughout the city. As more and more people caught on to the “Dub Epidemic” hipsters, ravers, beatniks and DJs like myself began to grow disenfranchised with what DubStep was becoming…
Yes I said it, BroStep! What had started out in the side room at underground raves had quickly migrated to mainstream clubs and was being listened to by the likes of College Bros across the country. Glow Sticks and Neon had been traded in for matching Polo Shirts and hats on backwards with sunglasses in the front. “Hey Bro, you wouldn’t need those sunnies if your hat was on the right way!”
Their rowdy style of partying was not conducive to the PLUR attitude that had evolved out of the underground rave scene. We came to party with our best friends and sought unity on the dance floor, we didn’t want people bringing their college house party vibes to our scene but the power of DubStep is great and it was going to do what it was meant to do, convert people to electronic dance music.
Before I knew it Deadmau5 (pronounced Dead-Mao-Five, lol) and his minimalist house beats could be heard along side of the searing samples of Dub Heavy hitters like the Nectar and Skrillex and this was a sign that either my culture was moving main stream or more people were just moving into my culture. I was amazed that so many people took not to just the dubs but to the deeper genreas as well, the more I pressed people about it the more I learned that more and more people were being introduced to EDM via DubStep, and as a House DJ, that was fine by me.
So here we are today, Dubstep is still getting tons of play around the city and promoters are also becoming more receptive to other styles of electronic music. Now in places that would normally play something Dave Matthews you can find the four on the floor and even some of that grimy grime from the insurgence of DubStep around town. All was good and well until I went to Brooklyn for the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival and ran into my friend Chris Davis (Dead Beat DJs) who was working for DJ Times for the summer. He told me stories of New York clubs that were packed with countless people grooving to house House Music and how DubStep was old news.
He spoke of a genre that was started in DC last year when DJ Dave Nada slowed down his tracks to play at 110 the tempo of Reggaeton. I made a promise to check into this new style and shortly after that I peaced out to “the A” and wouldn’t hear about Moombahton again until I went back up north to lovely New Jersey for the DJ Expo.
I encountered Moombahton again in Atlantic City when I was filming Kid Cedek (one of our artists and all around badass) do a demo on the Twitch. He asked, “Hey man, do you like Moombahton?” to which I curtly replied “Yes, but not yet.” So he hooked me up with four of his new Moombahton tracks and before the end of the first song, I was hooked.
Moombahton moves at 110 BPM so its fast enough to groove to and it possesses a bounce that makes ladies go crazy, seriously you have no idea, which as a House DJ I can appreciate. Moombahton allows for some pretty cool translations of DubStep songs by taking them down to a danceable level without losing that dark edge that we all know and love. Its sound is very worldly with influences being taken from latin house and Caribbean music which I think is pretty cool.
Cedek hooked me up with some fat beats so I’m gonna hook you up with his soundcloud, be sure to check out all of his tracks and download everything that you can.
Until next time, Peace and Love