Skream Says He Has Played His Last Dubstep Show

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If you’ve been following Skream’s progression over the last year, the following quote (which came from the end of the “No Sleep Til Croydon” RBMA show from last week) cannot be a shock:

It’s the last dubstep show I’ll play until further notice. Dubstep is just a name now. It doesn’t have a meaning any more and the movement is over. It’s like the end of a relationship but it’s ended on a high.

I’ve done dubstep since I was 14 but there’s no way I’m going to be dictated to. I stopped because I’m not inspired by it any more.

You could already hear it in the way Skream’s production has moved out of the 140BPM range into 130 and other tempos, as well as the obvious shift of his sets, which have recently incorporated more house and disco, which he credits to Daft Punk: “They’ve put the craft back into producing records. There’s so much work gone into it. I can understand how it’s taken them five years to make it. I’ve got a new disco record called Rollercoaster and after listening to Daft Punk I’ve done a lot more live recording.” 

DAD’s thoughts? We’re not mad. We don’t necessarily agree that the entire genre is dead because Skream is no longer inspired to make it, but he’s not the kind of producer to champion something that he’s not feeling. When dubstep was gaining popularity a few years back, when he just started calling anything in that 140-140 BPM range “bass music,” to escape whatever connotations people were putting on the scene. What will happen to his show on BBC Radio 1, though? He and Benga host the “Dubstep Show” – will it be getting a different name?

For those wondering where that leaves Magnetic Man, don’t fret, their second album will be coming: “Our last album was a classic, so the second one is never going to live up to it. This one is a whole new concept.”

What are your thoughts? Is dubstep now dead? Was it already dead for you? Can a genre “die?”

UPDATE We’ve added tweets from Skream, who wanted to clarify that he never said “dubstep was dead.” Looks like he was misquoted, and he mentions that there were quotes that did not make the final piece.

(Daily Star)

  • El Primis

    Dubstep isn’t dead, and new people discover it everyday, but it needs to be understood that the people who made it perhaps want to evolve as well into other things. You can only go so far until you start repeating yourself, and I think Skream started to take notice on this.

    • Storm Evans

      Its a bit like punk. It is dead. A time and a place, a movement that made an impact which we are still feeling the larger wakes of. It just happened. If that makes any sense? When you try to keep it alive, that is what’s sad, like keeping a terminally ill person on life support.

      • Duncan

        I make dubstep as a hobby and I feel like i’m always finding new styles and artists that I love, and its not like a tempo and including bass limits you very much.

    • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

      I agree, but not in terms of Skream. I imagine he could continue to “evolve” within dubstep, but that’s not where his head’s at right now.

      • El Primis

        Any further evolution of that music would no longer be considered dubstep, in a way it has become frozen in time.

        • http://www.rockthedub.com/ khal

          dubstep’s run its course?

          • El Primis

            In the same way punk did, it’s not that you’ll stop hearing about it, not with EDM joining the party, it’s just going to start sounding the same over and over, this tends to happen to all genres at some point, you can say the same about house or disco, even though you can make it sound more futuristic, per say, you’re still going to recognize for its original essence, only the sounds change, the music itself remains the same.

          • Storm Evans

            Exactly.

  • Christer

    This makes me really emotional. It’s like watching Zimbas dad die againg… But as I read dubstep isn’t really dead(or in case dying), Skream is just quitting doing it. It makes me really wanna cry… Skream is a legend to me :’)

    • Guest

      Simba

    • Ployk

      Simba*

      • Phoenix Lomax

        Zoomba.

  • Jarod

    I think skream needs to pioneer speed garage and send the genre back into the stars. One of the latest tracks of his I heard had a super garage vibe. Having said that it sucks to see a pioneer leave Or quote to leave a genre. The genre dubstep has changed over the years for the good and the bad. The dubstep world as we know it is changing before our eyes. We will see where it goes. Only talented producers and time will write the future of dubstep.

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  • eride

    skream has always followed the money. Hoping to make it skrillex status. The problem is that money has three legs and he will not be able to catch it.