With Dubstep continuing to grow here in Denver, many people have been asking the question, “Will this form of electronic music bring the drug scene with it?”
Ever since electronic music became popular back in the early 90’s, the scene that is associated with the genre has been known for doing synthetic drugs such as Ecstasy or MDMA(the most pure form of Ecstasy). This has to do with the fact that electronic music is usually more fast paced and energetic, and the lightshows that live DJs have at their shows look cool. These drugs generally enhance a live electronic show.
With Dubstep just beginning its climb to the top of the popularity charts, people are wondering if it is it because of the music or the drugs that are associated with the music. Many Dubstep DJs such as Rusko have prided themselves in interviews saying that they only drink, and that the whole synthetic drug scene actually has negative effects on their production of music. Maybe this means that the whole culture thinks the same thing.
Dubstep listeners love the genre because of it’s legitimate instrumentals and musical aspects. It is more a combination of other genres like hip hop, rock, and techno, instead of a couple of sounds put together on a computer. This could mean that the followers are into the music for the music, instead of the drugs and shows. Only time will tell.