By Randy Schafer – Associate Editor
Glow sticks and lights twirl around the mass of green-clad and sweat-dripped bodies on St. Patrick’s Day night around one a.m. The heads and hands of 18-30 year-olds bob and wave in the air and shout, as others jump and thrust themselves into each other in a primal ritualistic dance.
The atmosphere may reflect the same candor of a typical rave or dance club, but dubstep shows encompass more than just drug-addled teenagers and college students looking for the next party.
“Some of these people that you meet at the dubstep shows end up being the best friends you’ll ever have in your life,” said Dunwoody student Patrick Morgan. “You have everyone from the frat houses and the underground grunge scene, to high school kids … it’s pretty diverse.”
A Decatur student who wished to remain anonymous said, “The shows are like any other social institution … some people go to church or hang out with their friends …. It’s a social gathering and people come to party.”
What makes dubstep different from any other hip-hop or electronic dance genre? It’s essentially the lovechild of the two, but seems to be more complex than its outward appearance.
At the March 12 dubstep performance at The Quad, Promoter of Cyberaver Zack Price explains the origin of dubstep as the combination of Jamaican dub-reggae and UK two-step. “It’s not your parents’ rave music … You can take it in so many directions … it just depends on what producer is tweaking the knobs,” said Price.
“From a contemporary sense, it came from drum and bass,” said Mayhem. “Dubstep also takes a lot of influence from electronic music, rap, and hip-hop …. It’s a genre of its own with even sub-genres in between it.”
Ike Jernigan, an agent of Betamorph Recordings, describes dubstep as, “a very wavy format, almost trance-like, and also like a grinding machine … it’s electronically created, but not based on the same format as electronic dance.”
Many students have said that dubstep shows can be found in various venues and clubs across Atlanta. Some clubs get shut down and others have shows on certain days of the month.
No matter what the venue, patrons can look forward to a diverse and energetic crowd, DJs with various eclectic productions, bright lights, loud bass, and plenty of people dancing to the beats.
Typical dubstep show venues:
>> King Plow Arts Center
>> The Graveyard Tavern
>> The Quad ( previously
known as Spring and
>> Eastside Lounge
>> 2High Studios
>> The Masquerade
>> Blue Frog Cantina
Websites for additional information on dubstep in Atlanta can be accessed at: