Dubstep is not generally my cup of tea, I will admit that much. However, with it’s prevalence increasing at a rapid rate in the music world, it only made sense to figure out what the hype was all about.
Stemming from south London in the early 2000s, dubstep has acquired a large fan base in a short amount of time. For notable names such as Rusko, DeadMau5, and Skrillex, sold-out shows are nothing new. With large festivals such as Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, and now, the HARD Summer Tour lined up, a year round of “fun” is only an understatement.
Though only in its fifth year of production, HARD Summer, has not only planned a summer festival in Los Angeles, but also a tour featuring Digitalism, Caspa, Jack Beats, and Destructo. Hitting fifteen cities across the country, the affluent DJs will also be bringing the party to Dallas on August 9th.
Producing beats and lots of them, Caspa, for example, features Gary McCann from West London. Similar to other dubstep artists, McCann produces heavy bass and heavy sounds that will allow the audience to feel as if they are traveling through a laser vortex (Which could also be defined as “cool.”). Teaming up with Rusko to appear on FabricLive.37, the conjoined album features, among many Caspa and Rusko remixes, “Rock Bottom,” an energetic effort by the two. Though young, Caspa is able to gain prominence not only by releasing numerous tracks, but also launching other dubstep and grime artists such as Toasty Boy and Search & Destroy under his label Storming Productions.
Macbooks and synthesizers are only instruments behind these artists, putting on a live show is much more than pushing buttons to make rhythms and sounds. These DJs are able to acquire a crowd because they can deliver a performance by swaying the audience in their direction, bringing them to a trance-like state. If you have not given this genre a chance, there is a reason why so many people are into this. Like one of my friends explained, “Sometimes, I just get high from listening to the music.” And I don’t doubt it. Sounds like a party!
Digitalism, Caspa, Jack Beats, and Destructo will be at Granada Theater on August 9th. In the meantime, check out what I was talking about, you know, being all hypnotized and stuff.