Rusko rages against dubstep’s bastard spawn – ‘brostep’
As the chorus of industry figures noted in inthemix’s in-depth feature on dubstep, the British-born scene has splintered off in recent years, yielding more commercial and alternatively underground variations of the genre. One such offering has been the so-called ‘brostep’ sub-genre, described as being more ‘aggressive’ and containing exaggerated amounts of wobble.
One of the producers charged with spawning the maligned brostep scene is Mad Decent pinup Rusko, but the upcoming Good Vibrations visitor recently spoke out about his feelings on the scene saying he’s come to “hate” the sub-genre.
“Brostep is sort of my fault, but now I’ve started to hate it in a way,” Rusko told BBC1’s MistaJam on air. “I kind of took it there and now everyone else has taken it too far. I tried to put a bit more energy into it…I just tried to see if it would go there. Now I think it’s gone too far, it’s got too noisy for noisy’s sake…it’s lost a little bit of the feeling.”
Rusko went on to explain that the more ‘ravey’ and ‘rock’ mentality of many American fans was a contributing factor to brostep’s dilution of its dubstep lineage.
“A lot of dubstep fans come ‘cos they just wanna hear the most disgusting, hard, dirty, distorted music possible, and that’s not what it’s about,” he mused. “It’s not about playing the hardest, hardest tracks…that’s like someone screaming in your face for an hour; you don’t want that!”
It’s quite similar to Diplo’s assessment of the US dubstep boom, where he said that dubstep had filled the void for “angry, hardcore” dance music left by electro.
Now what’s worse; brostep or Britstep?