Music That Makes You Cooler: Is it Cool to Drop the Bass?

An independent Japanese music label, BlueHandVein Records, reached out to us at iEatGrass to check out one of their vegan artists. Yes, a lot of mystery. Who are they? And how do we know if this guy is really vegan anyway?

Well, I guess it doesn’t really matter because the vague email sparked a topic in and of itself. The vegan artist, Randy Ichinose,  is a dubstep/electro producer…But first, some background:

Dubstep made its debut in the late 90s. The genre is comprised of electronic dance music. The music website Allmusic has described its overall sound as “tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals.”

Yup, that about sums it up… and if you’ve ever been to a nightclub, you’ve probably heard this type of music before.

But back to Randy Ichinose. The 19-year-old Italian is probably NOT someone you would hear streaming through the speakers of your local discotheque. Ichinose isn’t as well known as Deadmau5 (who is actually a house music artist, but I’ll get to that in a minute) or Skrillex.

This genre is definitely not a sound I would choose to listen to while practicing yoga or anything but I have to admit that some songs are quite catchy, particularly when you’re in the zone at the club.

I’m no expert or a follower of this electro-funk craze. I don’t know the difference between dubstep, house, techno, brostep – yes, brostep is a subgenre of dubstep and supposedly the current most popular form of dubstep. But I do know that I don’t hate it.

I have a few friends that participate in producing this type of music and doing so really is an art form. It’s sort of like editing video or sound clips except it’s on the spot and one wrong push or scratch can ruin an entire song – er… sound? Whatever they call it.

Dancing to this tech-ey noise is a whole different story. Kids bopping around and jumping… is something to get used to for sure. My great uncle said it best, “what these kids do nowadays isn’t even dancing. There’s no holding each other or closeness… just jumping around.” Thanks uncs. It’s true, Deadmau5 is no Frank Sinatra (sigh) and this generation may have a warped outlook on what “dancing” is. But, if you can’t beat ‘em, bop around with ‘em.

Check out this very real video on how to dance to house music:

Like I said, it’s not something I would choose to listen to all the time, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t have Cinema by Skrillex on repeat for hours when I first heard it. What do you think? Dubstep? Brostep? House? You in or out? Tell us in a comment!

Just for kicks and giggles check out this guy dub-step beat box:

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2 Responses to Music That Makes You Cooler: Is it Cool to Drop the Bass?

  1. Dale Wilder says:

    Not a bad description at all. Dubstep is characterized a lot by the “wobble bass”, which is effectively an extended bass note that’s pitched/distorted. A couple examples: Old-school dubstep. Much different than what’s thought of as dubstep today. Also dubstep. More aggressive and typical of today.@All4one: What Skrillex produces is more complextro than dubstep, and Swedish House Mafia puts out house derivatives, not dubstep. To be honest, it seems you’ve fallen into the trap of thinking electronic noises = dubstep, which couldn’t be further from the truth.

    • elyssa says:

      Thanks for the mini-lesson, Dale! Like I said, I’m no expert. Much appreciated. Thanks for reading and checking us out! Make sure you catch up on our other posts if you get a chance.

      – E

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