Drum and Bass History and Musical Features

Drum and Bass History and Musical Features

In the mid-1990s, a new type of electronic dance music emerged and blasted us with energetic jungle, break beats and fast tempo.  Drum and bass is generally composed of highly electronic and industrial sounds giving importance to its deeper bass lines.

The music vastly developed in the UK as their response to the rise of hip-hop in the 1980s. Its heavy bass-lines brought energy unlike any other to bass-loving ears in the UK. It later spread out around the world and reached widespread acceptance greatly in Europe, Russia and the United States. Many artists in specific regions created their own forms of drum and bass because of the wide range of influences behind the music.

Tempo and Sound System

Over the decade, the genre evolved in many styles, from its hardcore jungle roots, to rugged beats to a more futuristic and sophisticated sound. Drum and bass tempo is usually between 160-180BPM range, although some DJs and artists produced tracks with slower tempos.

This genre is following a sub-bass musical pattern that can only be produced through a powerful sound system and technical skill by the musicians.  A syncopated breakbeat is one of the distinctive elements of the drum and bass music. Although there are many tracks specifically made for personal listening, some musicians have performed live over the genre’s years of development. They usually feature instruments such as acoustic or electronic drums, synthesizers, samplers, turntables or electric guitars.

Experiment Within the Drum and Bass

Even with the genre’s energetic appeal to their audiences, there are other dance music styles that would be popular in the music scene affecting drum and bass’ popularity.   With the rise of different electronic dance music styles, many producers and labels drew influences from it. Some people are even being confused as to what category the track belonged to. The scene developed much more specific sub-genres that include techstep, dubstep, neurofunk, breakcore, hardstep, darkstep and many others.

drumMany DJs and artists focused on creating drum and bass tracks with a diversity of styles with full of experimentation of sound. Although not all drum and bass tracks can easily gain mainstream acceptance, the genre has a small group of record labels run mainly by Dj producers.  They produce challenging and experimental releases to push the genre further into the mainstream.

Although, the drum and bass genre remained in the underground, many other DJs and artists such as Pendulum, Chase & Status and High Contrast have pushed popularity in the mainstream media and into the public.

To this day, drum and bass music has evolved creatively and technically and people at the parties are becoming more open to the genre.  Drum and bass is taking the media by storm and widely promoted throughout video sharing sites like Youtube, music blogs and internet radio stations. Aspiring and professional DJs have adopted the use of Soundcloud and MixCloud to share their newest tracks for fast response of their fans.

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