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Top 5 Dubstep Artists

Updated on March 16, 2011

If you aren't familiar with Dubstep music then you probably don't listen to a lot of electronic music to begin with, but that doesn't necessarily mean that you won't like Dubstep.  Dubstep is a recently new genre of music that rose from the underground rave scene in the UK.  Although it does fall within the larger genre of electronic music, there's plenty of Dubstep that does not resemble the typical electronic sound.  Dubstep's roots lie in not only electronic music but also reggae, hip hop, and drum & bass.  The five artists/DJs/producers below are 5 of the best in the Dubstep game today.

5. Skrillex

Skrillex (real name Sonny Moore) blew up on the Dubstep scene in 2010 with his EP Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites after signing to Deadmau5 label Mau5trap. Skrillex, who is only 23 years old, doesn't come from an electronic background at all. Before DJing and producing Dubstep/Electro music, Skrillex could be find singing lead for a post-hardcore band and than doing solo gigs.

4. Caspa

Caspa (real life, Gary McCann) is one of the more famous names in the Dubstep genre. He's been making Dubstep type sounds since early to mid 2000s and grew up in the West London area where lots of Dubstep is credited for being invented. He's been known to take popular pop songs and create Dubstep versions. Some of the more famous of his remixes are songs originally done by Ludacris, Miike Snow, and Depeche Mode.

3. Rusko

Rusko (real name, Christopher Mercer) grew up in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England and studied Music Production from Leads College of Music. He became fully immersed into the growing Dubstep underground scene and ended up hooking up in 2006 with Caspa (see above). They both became big on the scene around the same time. Rusko still pumps out some of the best sounds in the game and has even been known to work with some international popstars including Britney Spears and Rihanna.

2. Skream

Skream (real name, Oliver Dene Jones) hails from the west side of London and is often credited as being the first big Dubstep DJ/Producer. Skream, who also is in a group with fellow Dubstep DJ Benga known as 'Magnetic Man', has played an important role, if not the most important role in bringing Dubstep out of the underground scene and to the forefront of electronic music. He's worked with many famous producers and artists in the past, such as Deadmau5, La Roux, and Chromeo.

1. Bassnectar

Bassnectar (real name, Lorin Ashton) is a DJ and producer from California. His wild style and diverse music background has made him one of the few Dubstep artists that has been able to gain fans from all types of music genres. He's been known to drop remixes of songs from Hip Hop to Classic Rock. He personally states that he doesn't do drugs and that his music does not need to be listened to while drug induced. He's one of the few American Dubstep artists who has made an impact on an international scene.

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      Kieran 4 years ago

      Listen to this, this is proper dubstep not edm, not brostep, but dubstep

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      Joshua 4 years ago

      Skrillex is far from number 1 but i must admit he is decent but if you want a top 3 from me its excision #3 Downlink #2 Datsik #1

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      Kiki 4 years ago

      Why in the blue hell is Skrillex up there...?

      He's BROSTEP not DUBSTEP.

      Flux Pavilion or Excision should be up there...

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      Bradthelifter22 5 years ago

      Getter should be in this list.

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      Vendetta 5 years ago

      Actually, I think Skrillex was included in this list because of how popular his name in the dubstep industry is. For example: People who first start listening to dusbtep lean towards Skrillex because they haven't learned of any of the popular, yet less-known producers such as DoctorP, Flux Pavilion, Zomboy, Boregore, etc. (This is just my opinion, please no hate)

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      Hubert Pollywinkle 5 years ago

      All of the artsist are pretty bad, i find bassnectar to be similar to flux pavilion in the sense that all of his music sounds axactly the same. Rusko is okay but there are so many people who are so much better than him. Why is no Zomboy on here or knife party? And it should also specify that the OLD skrillex should be in the top 5, not new shit skrillex

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      Shantran 5 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota

      All these artists you listed are huge in the dubstep scene, no matter what your opinions are of them. Everyone has their preference in dub-ish sounds. :) I especially love Pendulum, Nero, Datsik, Rusko, Flux Pavillion, Bassnectar, artists like Steve Aoki, Big Gigantic, and Pretty Lights are also up in that electronic/dubstep genre that I myself go nuttttttsssss over. So Whatever! Everyone has their preference. Whether it be drum n bass or brostep. Its entertaining and different, also the best stuff to dance to in my opinion ;) The underground stuff is where its at mostly though...

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      mee 5 years ago

      ok, obviously, none of y'all have ANY interest in music WHATSOEVER because most of you are hatin on SOMEONE, anyway, i actually LIKE music, especially dubstep and yes, some of you are right, people such as flux pavilion, benga, and culprate SHOULD be on this list, but they AREN'T so quit bitchin! this is ONE, SINGLE top 5 there are like a million more! and yes! skrillex IS dubstep!

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      Carlo 5 years ago

      Skrillex is the only interesting artist to my ear in this list (he brings something fresh). All other music is crap. Nothing new there. Electronic music 25 years ago was MUCH better. The Cold wave was much more creative than this thin line up.

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      Ryan 5 years ago

      What about flux pavilion?...

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      Skrillex... 5 years ago

      Skrillex is not much dubstep, hes a good electro artist though, but he really shouldn't be here.

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      stfu u haters 5 years ago

      why hate on skrillex, hes not even bad, there no other better than him, and how is his music not dubsep u fat shits.

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      xen 5 years ago

      skrillex is the poor mans excision, try datsik trollysnatcha bar9 etc etc judge dubstep by going to a rave not by listening to the charts lol

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      Shut up Fatties 5 years ago

      Skrillex is the #1 Dubstep Artist known today, and anyone who doesn't like him, shouldn't be allowed to listen to Dubstep. No idea why Skrillex isn't number one on this list, but whatever.

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      nikolakis23 5 years ago

      Seriously,Skrillex??!!!Not even mentioned benga,loefah or mala man

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      Will 5 years ago

      Really??? Excision basically brought dubstep to America (I know he's in Canada) and skrillex?? He ruined dubstep!!!

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      cookiemonster 5 years ago

      Im british and i love skrillex and know no one no doesn't

      google trends shows that skrillex is most popular in manchester (uk) i live in no one says cack

      Dubstep 4 ever!!

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      Auz 6 years ago

      Skrillex-In For The Kill.

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      RetroGod 6 years ago

      Thuuuuu, ever heard DUBSTEP?

      You might check out stuff like Kode9, El-B and others of their times. Before calling _Skrillex_ Dubstep you should listen to some roots dubstep, the initals in London. Realize what it is, and what it is thought for, so far... Fuck you this article is ehrm bulls**t :(

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      I do not Know whyyyyyyyy? (bic bay) 6 years ago

      Skrillex Is part of an offshoot known as Brostep, or as the brits call it MID RANGED CACK (cack being a negative word). This is still dubstep (I guess).

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      Richard 6 years ago

      I don't really understand why skrillex is even on the top 5.