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What the Dub? Evolution of Dubstep (2005-2008)

Updated: Jul 27, 2020


Skream "Midnight Request line" happened, and the UK paid attention, spawning numerous bootlegs and copycat tracks alike and for a while becoming Skepta’s own anthem.

A monumental movement for the scene came with the introduction of The Dubstep Warz Breezeblock show that aired on BBC 1, hosted my Mary Anne Hobbs. Featuring heavyweights such as Digital Mystikz, Benga, Skream and Kode 9, the show was a fair and accurate representation of Dubstep music.

Airing between 2-4AM in the UK, but during the day or early evening in the States made the Americans pay attention. “Basically: it made it big in America, which made it big in the UK. Within 18 months, everyone who was featured on that show got status, straight away.” - Oris Jay

Other notable events were the beginning of The Dubstep Forum in the mid-2000s that grew from a population of a few hundred in 2005 to between 20-30,000 by the end of 2006. A tight knit community with several producers even engaging in various topics and discussion.