Croatianblood1 wrote:I don't follow dubstep but I can't help but notice how it has become so popular. I have to ask, is it just a fad?
I would have to say no, because at any point you could consider a number of electronic music genres to be a fad. Trance, house, DnB... they all went through phases where they were more popular and mainstream then at other points. Then these genres reach a point where they are so much in the mainstream and the limelight that countless producers start putting out tracks imitating the tracks which have been accepted and embraced by the people you'd consider "outside the scene." This is where dubstep is right now.
Dubstep has been around for several years but only now are many of the so called "plastic" kids getting into it. (By this I mean the posh brostep loving kids who only really appreciate it when combined with some sort of drug and played at a party scene).
Eventually its overall popularity will fade but there is an underground culture of people who have embraced dubstep from the beginning and will continue to do so. These days, with SO many electronic artists switching from whatever style of music they used to produce to now producing dubstep, it just means to find the gems you have to make more of an effort to sift through the BS tracks with no substance that attempt to copy the dubstep which has hit the mainstream (see the ridiculous number of dj's who have tried to imitate caspa's signature wobble sound).
Dubstep is the evolution of dub and UK Grime/Garage/2step and simply the latest progression in electronic music. It's not going to fade away but it will certainly not always be as popular as it is, and it will evolve into something else in the future. Thus is the cycle of life in electronic music, as far as my humble opinion goes