Dubstep is a musical genre that arose in the early 2000s in south London as one of the branches of gridge. In terms of sound, dubstep is characterized by a tempo of about 140 beats per minute, dominant low-frequency bass and sparse breakbeat in the background.
The typical dubstep sound began to take shape in 1999-2000 thanks to dark gerge experiments by producers such as El-B and Zed Bias. Soon a number of labels promoting the new sound appeared, the first of which back in 2000 was Tempa with the project Horsepower Productions. The term dubstep itself with respect to this music was first used in large numbers in 2002 by the San Francisco magazine XLR8R, which put this word on its cover together with the photo Horsepower Productions, where the term meant instrumental tustep-gared (i.e., the prefix dub-referenced in the form of remixes, when the lyrics are removed from the vocal composition, sometimes only the refrain is left, and additional sound effects are often added as compensation, the bass part is enhanced). After the first part of the Dubstep Allstars compilation, dubbed by DJ Hatcha, was released on Tempa in 2003, the term is now firmly established.
In 2007-8, the influence of dubstep reached the mainstream in the ranks of electronic dance music (along with synth pop and trip hop), and in the following years there was a style merger. So a few fleeting butt styles were born: first the European "fidget", then the North American "complex". Since 2010, the concept of “postdabstep” has appeared in the everyday life of DJs, which defines genre music that appeared after the influence of house and trance dance styles. The peak of the popularity of post-dubstep occurred in 2011-12.