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The Rise and Rise of Dubstep

I love this track and home video. It's a Nero remix of a song by awkward crooner hearthrob Calvin Harris. It's also a good metaphor for the rising influence of this sound on culture.

I dig this version better than the original. Also, I like the fact that Nero hasn't filed a takedown notice with the kayakers. I like that they (the crazy people jumping plastic containers over a million tons of water) were possibly inspired by a camera commercial that uses music by Skrillex, dubstep's nerd champion. Do Not Try This At Home.

I think it's fair to say: "You know you aren't cool when you are in a commercial for Internet Explorer." Other music genres have had the same cool / not-cool phase, but not so dramatically since Hip Hop in the 90s.

Dubstep might be perceived as weird and new to the often reluctantly exposed older generation. Kids love the stuff. Especially because it sounds "weird and grindy" like, say, kids' parents might describe punk in 1980.

As a musical style, it's part of a long, storied line of evolution in electronic music. We hear classical or folk guitar in just about 50% of every commercial on television, yet that doesn't make the instrument any less adept at winning hearts over a picnic. My point is that dubstep sounds are legitimately music, especially with deep homage to the London ghetto islander dub and the Detroit drum and bass underground.

Still, at this point, it is so mainstream I think you can disperse a hipster riot with a decent car stereo playing dubstep.

Hipster Riot. I think that will be the name of my upcoming Bluegrass Dubstep band!

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