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Top 5 Dubstep artists of 2012

Updated on January 6, 2014

Okay so for you people who are in to EDM (Electronic Dance Music), you more than likely know what Dubstep is....right? If you don't then I think you've been living in a cave for the last 2 - 3 years. Last year Dubstep really started to kick off and become BIG in the mainstream media. I have been on the Dubstep scene since it was an underground sound and have watched it evolve. I'm going to give my personal opinion on the top 5 Dubstep artist for this year.

5. Subliminal Substance - Subliminal Substance is a very interesting producer, I was impressed. If I had to describe Subliminal Substance's sound I would say it's a unique mixture of a lot of EDM genres.

Subliminal Substances Album, well worth a buy!:

4. Omnitica

So this artist is becoming pretty established at the moment, Their music is very "oriental" sounding from the Xenosphere EP i listened to. The music has some real heavy "filth" sounding basslines spint by clever drum fills and synth breaks.

I don't feel like Omnitica is comparable to many artists the sound is very unique i must admit, clever riffs and very melodic synths. I didn't feel i was being hit by a load of LFO wobbles like most Dubstep.

There isn't amazing amounts available by this artist and i feel his Dubstep tracks are much better than the House tracks on his EP. I found myself listening to their stuff over and over again!
I don't think anyone would regret listening to this stuff.

You can listening to Omnitica on soundcloud here:

I couldn't find a website for Omnictica but the stuff is also available on Spofify and iTunes

3. Zomboy

Zomboy blew me away as soon as i heard his music, there is no way i could leave him out the top 5! My ears instantly got hooked on his party atmospheric sounds. His music consists of well thought out vocal samples, heavy bass and upbeat drum beats. You will definitely hear a sound in his music that makes you want to move!

He currently only has a 4 track EP available which i can find and a few remixes that i found on youtube!

His EP "Game Time" is well worth the listen and certainly wouldn't be a waste of money!

2. Knife Party

So Knife Party have got big REAL FAST! and i was really wondering why they got so big and found out that knife party are the masterminds behind "Pendulum" If you don't know who Pendulum are... You really need to listen to more electronic music!

Knife party is a side project for pendulum and a lot of their music consists of Electro House but they also do some real good Dubstep tunes. Their sound isn't as unique the Pendulum sound is but its definitely a BIG sound, not only in there Dubstep brilliant but so is there house and Drum & Bass.

1. Skrillex

Okay okay so Skrillex has hit the Dubstep scene and the whole electronic music scene real big over the last year! I feel he has a lot of haters but at the same time a lot of lovers. You might think i'm selling out a big by putting Skrillex number 1 artist but honestly his music is good and does deserve every bit of fame he gets! He change the dubstep movement over the last year massively, he's a talented artists and producer.

I'd find it hard to explain skrillex's sound, its something you really need to have a listen of.
Hell this guy won 3 Grammy Awards in one go already!

You can find his music in most online store!

More Dubstep!

To stay up to date with everything to do with EDM, I'd really suggest you follow the ESA Podcast, They're always bringing fresh EDM to people's ears.


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      JasonKing 4 years ago

      Knife Party





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      Kris Weber 4 years ago from Saint Cloud, Minnesota

      Are you going to make a dubstep list of 2013 or the future of 2014?? I can only find this list other than your list. Thanks for the list of your favorites. I downloaded most of their songs. Great playlist

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      Gaurav 4 years ago

      Thanks for your suggestions.. They are really good..

      Can you help me with a song... This song has stuck in my mind like forever...

      Please reply me on


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      mac 4 years ago

      Cryptex is a lot better than skrillex

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      harreh 4 years ago

      1: Savant

      2: Razihel

      3: Tristam

      4: Mad Zach :D

      5: Zomboy

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      qwerty 4 years ago

      "grammer" police blasting the author for spelling was a laugh riot

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      lol 4 years ago

      How can I trust this guy, when he has some serious grammar issues ? Also, believe me, skrillex is getting more than enough fame.

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      yeyeyeaaghh 4 years ago

      How about Zeds Dead? U forget it.. please check that one!,

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      Josh 4 years ago

      Sorry Skrillex* Is Brostep *Typo*

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      Josh 4 years ago

      DeadMau5 Isn't dubstep he hates Dubstep, he may have created 1 or 2 songs of it but he dislikes it, also Dubstep is broStep not Dubstep want proof? Go onto Dubstep Wiki but Skrillex is always gonna be Number One in my Opinion.

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      jake 4 years ago

      How bout Excision or Flux Pavilion*? where would u rate them compared to the artists above?

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      FUCK YOU 5 years ago

      skrillex is not a dubstep dj !

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      ed 5 years ago

      did you forget how many major festables and the huge crowds bassnectar draws every time? how is he not top 5

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      Distant Mind 5 years ago

      Bangarang! ;) Good job! :)

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      Bradthelifter 5 years ago

      What about Pegboard Nerds, Getter, Excision, Datsik, Flux Pavilion, Habstrakt, Mord Fustang and Bassnectar? I do like Knife Party though. And obviously top 5 is not a large enough list. There are plenty of good Dubstep artists.

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      Anon 5 years ago

      How is it that not a single artist from monstercat got on this list? And skrillex as number one? Just no.

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      Kris Weber 5 years ago from Saint Cloud, Minnesota

      Deadmau5 is dubstep and there is no way around that. He has songs that are hands down dubstep. I have never heard of Zomboy so that's news to me! Great list and I like how you you had Knife Party up there on it too. They have a ton of good songs and a lot of people don't know that. Im on a mission tonight to find like 50 super great dubstep tunes to go work out at the gym to. Got any other playlists?

      -By the way? Where do you find your dubstep tunes at for just daily listening? I'm having a tough time finding them on itunes haha

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      Sarah 5 years ago

      Deadmau5 is definitely NOT dubstep. Although, dub originated in Jamaica and is really a Reggae style music.

      That said, I absolutely love anything house/trance/techno/dubstep. And Deadmau5 definitely falls under the house category.

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      Jake 5 years ago


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      dubmakers 5 years ago

      Respect, I like your list :)

      Whenever it comes to listing songs, there's going to be people who agree and people who want to chase you out of town with a pitchfork, I've come to realize.

      It's all about the music, anyway, so thanks for sharing :)

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      chickenface 5 years ago


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      Aaroff 5 years ago

      # 1 NiT GriT

      #2 Gladkill

      #3 Knife Party

      #4 Cyberoptics

      #5 Coyote Kisses


      #9999999999999999999999999999999999999999999 Skrillex

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      lavos 5 years ago

      the top 5 are covered in the replies not the post.

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      Liquid Stone 5 years ago

      I don't agree with you. Dubstep you mention is that breaks dubstep ears. A small homecoming necessary. This is for me the best dubstep songs :

      (sorry for my bad english)

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      Gow 5 years ago

      I think that the best dubstep artist alive is Seven Lions. Search him up, you WILL NOT be disappointed!

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      No time for a name 5 years ago

      Skrillex is an electronica fusion artist:


      House - (Cinema/All I ask of you)

      DnB - (Goin' in)


      Dub/Reggae (Bun Dem)

      Rock (The Doors thing)

      I mean, think whatev you want idc... music is subjective. Just have some respect I guess, or don't... idk, I was bored of music until I listened to Skrillex, so I guess that says enough.

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      Brye 5 years ago

      Check out Adventure Club

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      Programminghub 5 years ago from India

      Nice Post....: )

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      bob 5 years ago

      uh you're all wrong, dub steps been droppin hard since early 2000

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      ska 5 years ago

      blackmill, seven lions are what dubstep need

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      Gabby 5 years ago

      OH BASS, you need some ice for that burn?? ;D

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      Gabby 5 years ago

      I really don't like Skrillex, I heard a few of their songs, and they are complete shit. Hate to burst your bubble guys : /

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      me 5 years ago

      im new at dubstep and ill like to hear some real dubstep artist so give us a list of thoes who are the best on dubstep ;)

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      ryan 5 years ago

      listen to "savant" will change everything...

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      tony 5 years ago

      je decouvre le dubstep et voudrai juste que l on me dirige vers ce qui ce fait de meilleur;authentique et non commerciale;merci a vous d avance;

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      Henderick M. 5 years ago


      Wake up! Skrillex is NOT DUBSTEP. Sometime I really wish people should do their research on dubstep & the roots of it... In regards to this list they are overrated producers that have are not dubstep. Shackleton, Burial, Benga, Coki & the Horsepower Production crew is real dubstep. You guys have been dumbed down by the suits... Secondly Deadmau5 is NOT bass music techno. He is another garbage producer that lacks skill... I suggest you listen to various Canadian producers such as Nautiluss, Kevin Mc Phee & Basic Soul Unit... I am fed up with people not trying to understand real talent when they hear it. If you want to hear real electronic music at its finest, listen to my show & learn:

      Here's my weekly show

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      If you are tired of being told by the mainstream who is good, then check out various forward thinking sounds. I challenge people on this board to want more substance in their music...

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      Happy Birthday 5 years ago

      Lol well good job...Lets forget pretty much anyone whos on Deep Medi, which all of them undoubtedly put better productions out than anyone on the list...Lets forget how much Kromestar has put in his music and the physiological state he feels when making A FULL EP...Kromestar alone is WAY more diverse with his sounds and influences on music throughout every LP, EP, and even VIP's. And that's even AFTER the "modernized world" of dubstep. Lets forget about Burial...he may not completely be "dubstep" though he has had and still does put a HUGE influence on dubstep with his sounds alone...but wow... if were talking ARTIST this is just sad. I do understand it now though...if its not dubstep that you can take E to or any other designer drug to, and "rage" all night, if its nothing to raise your heart rate, and have you rubber necking hard as shit and have a "drop" covered with high pitched lfo sounds, its too slow or too soft. It doesn't reach the ears of any unless searched. Or where it started, root-wise... But to each its own I guess were going by charts on this one, slightly influenced by Illuminati elitist.

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      Dafuq 5 years ago

      Love all the people that think Skrillex is the best just because he's got the people that know how to extort dubstep correctly and completely change what it's about to fit the views of the ignorant vox populi.

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      S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 5 years ago

      Because the 1 and 2 you deserve a like.You did an awesome job men. :))))))))))

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      ModernLady 5 years ago

      Your insight is great, but this review is almost impossible to get through because I'm finding grammatical errors every three words. Edit before posting. =]

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      han solo 5 years ago

      deadmau5 is good but he's not dubstep, except for raise ur weapon and one trick pony, so he does not deserve on the list. Skrillex is good, but he's overated, and he deserves on the list, but not first. zomboy or knife party should be first. and where is feed me and exision?

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      SkrillCosby 5 years ago

      Man I wish that people actually had to be capable of spelling words correctly before they could be allowed to share any of their opinions. I am honestly not sure if the author of this means I will "DEFIANTLY hear a sound that will make me move." or "DEFINITELY hear a sound that will make me move." One thing is for sure though, my ears are definitely, defiantly hearing dubstep because the genre is complete garbage. Composed of garbage; edited, spliced, tweaked and reassembled by garbage; and it ultimately just sounds like garbage. Shitting a bunch of sounds at people through your macbook speakers is not the same as making music.

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      Spartacus800 5 years ago

      Seriously ppl should put into consideration ry legit for, when it comes to bass drops he wins. Btw have you heard xkore before?

      Skrillex really has changed dubstep a lot, hesmore like electro now

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      Vulrokun 5 years ago

      You forgot SubVibe...

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      Jeff 5 years ago

      lol deamau5 isn't dubstep

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      abbyleedance 5 years ago

      dupstep is awesome

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      Duke 5 years ago

      BARE?! Bassnectar for sure!, Document One! NOISIA!! Kill The Noise!!! Sub Focus, Original Sin, and Skism to name a few..... first ones who started dubstep is Benga and Skream which formed Magnetic Man (Awesome group btw), Skrillex made it huge amongst kids, plus he was already known from the Emo band From First To Last, but yea.... definitely not #1 anymore.... at the end of the day, all credit go to the UK for making some of the best music in the world, Garage, Minimal, Dub (no step).

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      JasonKing92 5 years ago

      Bass king, I appreciate your comment, but no. Dubstep originated from the UK. London in fact. Skream, Benga and Plastician had a huge influence on the movement. Bristol also had an influence on the sounds. It was underground. Then got bigger. Americans then started to make the bass lines more "Filthy" and since then artists like excision and Bassnectar have been growing on the sound. A quick google search will reveal this. So please spare the stupidity.

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      Bassking11 5 years ago

      first off dubstep started off in chicago with an artist named Bassnectar he was underground until late 2009 but he started the genre when he was mixing in the 1990s so you saying you have been flowing dubstep since it was underground 2-3 years ago is very sad an yes i agree with some of you where is flux, chrisspy, nero, butch clancy, zeds dead, mt eden, basement jax, rusko, flosstradamous, luminox, dj fletch, fytch, torqoux an twist, bar 9, skream an example, the widdler..........................


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      Josh 5 years ago

      This just turns into people naming the most underground shit they can think of.....Stop being hipsters....Just listen to the shit you like lol

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      bn 5 years ago

      wow!!!! You really did put together some good shit here. You're right Skrillex has got down.

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      BassLr 5 years ago

      Where is Flux Pavilion ?!

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      Harry 5 years ago

      Obviously it says "Top 5 Dubstep Artists OF 2012," so all these people who are listing older artists, need to be a little more attentive and read the title.

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      K.E.S. 5 years ago

      K.E.S. is best. cuz its me.

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      Alen 5 years ago

      Here should be Rusko, Datsik, Flux Pavilion!

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      an333d 5 years ago

      I have no problem with Skrillex he isn't the best or the worst but hes good, but i def think that he shouldn't be number 1. that slot could have been given to more newer artist like said above me Rednek or Cyberoptics, i'd ever accept Feed Me or Nero! Good list overall tho

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      FUA 5 years ago

      skrillex is the best

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      Neil 5 years ago

      I like Klaypex.

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      Fon 5 years ago

      Listen to Seven Lions.

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      ryan 5 years ago

      the only good artist on that is knife party

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      Grammer Police 5 years ago

      The author used "There" correctly only twice in this entire article. "Their" was the word he/or she was looking for. Pay attention! You are supposed to be a writer, right!? How Lazy!

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      Random Guy 5 years ago

      Dubberman, Feed me does mostly electronic house. And its just one guy.

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      Dubberman 5 years ago

      Feed me needs to be on this list. Popular though they are, I think they still are THE most underrated dubstep artist out there

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      Excision 5 years ago

      Excision / Datsik [ 10 x 0 ] Skrillex

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      Matt 5 years ago

      Knife Party should be first!!!!! Skrillex isn't dubstep, he has a few decent tracks, but is highly overrated.

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      Pedro 5 years ago

      Skrillex isn't real dubstep.. that's just commercial..

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      BobbyZ 5 years ago

      Skrillex Respect! My favorit top of artist dubstep is 1-Skrillex/2-Knife Party 3-Tristam :X

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      Brenden 5 years ago

      Skrillex is brostep, not dubstep. Where is Skream, Benga, Ry Legit, Chrispy, Nero, and Dubba Johnny.

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      ginger 5 years ago

      wat about butch clancy neone ever heard of him

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      Me 5 years ago

      Document one....

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      Matt 5 years ago


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      Hey, Ninja 5 years ago

      You're right. heavy dubstep an metalstep rules

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      Danman54 5 years ago

      Bassnectars considerable

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      Anybody? 5 years ago

      Anyone heard of 501? That guy is a beast! Look him up on

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      JasonKing92 5 years ago

      Out of all the deadmau5 albums, there are about 3 -4 dubstep tracks, if that!

      I didn't feel should be in the list. He's mainly an electro house artist.

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      emo freak 5 years ago

      where the is deadmau5 at wtf MAN

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      Jaxxckiieee 5 years ago

      You should have put the full version of Fire Hive on here! X{D

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      Benjamim Afonso 5 years ago

      I like

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      Monster7 5 years ago

      I really wish people would stop labeling Deadmau5 as dubstep. He has never been a dubstep artist.

      Love the Steve Vai comment! Yea, no shit he's been doing it since the 80's, and with a guitar, too!

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      Tornlogic 5 years ago

      Where's Dubba Jonny? I believe he's more skilled then most.

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      bass breaker 5 years ago

      Zom boy is gay skrillex isn't even dubstep sry but that stuff isn't all that great. Try adventure club or arkasia, flux pavilion,ry legit but knife party is good ill give points for that.

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      DJ OB187 5 years ago

      Ninja knows what's up, all thise producers are sick! knife party is dope as fuck and carry on the pendulum sound!

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      Uhhhh 5 years ago

      Deadmau5? He's a house artist and has like 1 or 2 dubstep tracks, which aren't nowherewhereas good as his house and dance music...

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      Meh 5 years ago

      I think omnitica is the best artist in the whole world. it should be number 1 =)

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      The other guy 5 years ago

      Ry legit?!?!? Hes pretty good too

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      This Guy 5 years ago

      wtf, wheres Krewella or Deadmau5 or Klaypex???

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      wjs 5 years ago

      good list thanks for the new artists i had never even heard of the first two

      good argument for skrillex as well

      anybody who wants some dope dubstep check out Savant

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      Skrillex } 5 years ago

      Skrillex is #1 on a lot of charts. He has changed dub steps a lot and is amazing me and a lot of people can't stop listing to him caudlse he is just so amazing

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      Ninja 5 years ago

      What About These Producers:



      12th Planet





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      Anonymous 5 years ago

      Blackmill is #1

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      annonymous 5 years ago

      skrillex isn't the first person to play dubstep...

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      shane 5 years ago

      Imo i like the heavy synth wobble vocused bass mean dubstep like...



      Virtual Riot "the best of all electronic genre at 17yrs'




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      Azriel 5 years ago

      I think Skrilex deserve the respect :)

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      john 5 years ago

      Flux Pavilion Yo!!!

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      Steve 6 years ago

      Forgot to mention Flux Pavilion and Doctor P as well.