You Whippersnappers Better Get Off My Lawn!

26 Feb

I don’t get dubstep. This makes me tragically uncool, but I just can’t like it. I have tried, I just don’t understand the appeal of it.

If you are over 23, you are probably like “what is dubstep?!?” Technically, dubstep is defined as a genre of electronic music featuring tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals (thank you Wiki.)  If you watched the Grammy’s this year you probably heard or saw a mention of an artist called Skrillex, he is the newly mainstreamed driving force behind the dubstep movement. In layman’s terms (mine) dubstep can be described as taking a really great electronic song and throwing this dirty, shockingly gritty bass line into it and ruining the song.

Skrillex sample:


Dubstep and by extension Skrillex is every where right now. People are talking about him on Facebook, I hear his bass lines reverberating in the cars that drive past our house at 3 AM, my little sister is crazy for him.

Why did I feel this warranted a blog post? I mean, so what I don’t like a new artist or genre of music. The thought of blogging about this struck me last night while talking to my sister. She was so excited about going to see Skrillex at a music festival and I heard myself say to her, “I just don’t understand it, that’s not even music.” She responded with “alright, mom…” Shocked, I realized then that Skrillex/dubstep is the first real thing that I have firmly allied  myself with the “oldster” view on. Next thing you know I’ll be wearing shirts with bedazzled zebras and thinking a fanny pack is a handy way to carry everything when I travel. I’m getting old!

Because I am a glutton for punishment and am still seeking some semblance of “cool”, I just spent half an hour listening to Skrillex on Spotify trying to find the appeal. I was unsuccessful until I reached the hidden track on his new album. I really loved the song but sadly since it is an orchestral arrangement based on his hits, it really did nothing but reinforce my oldster status.


If you need me, I’ll just be over here signing up for the AARP. 🙂


4 Responses to “You Whippersnappers Better Get Off My Lawn!”

  1. Tiffany February 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    …aaaand I just had to explain the zebra shirt situation to Mark after I burst out laughing for no apparent reason. 🙂

    You think I’m kidding when I tell you I’m going to go buy that shirt!!

  2. Sara February 27, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    This whole post was Greek to me! I give you props for even knowing who this person is.

    But….sometimes I honestly wish fashion designers and celebs would make “fanny packs” come back into style. It would be so freeing to sit at a bar without having a purse draped over your arm or having to set it on the sticky table/bar. Instead it would be securely strapped on your waist!!!! And fashionable, of course!

    • leslieford February 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm #

      This is a secret wish of mine too Sara. How much easier would life be if you just had a fanny pack for every outfit?

      Maybe it’s coming? They have fanny packs in Brave New World and that is set in the future. Haha!

  3. Lacey February 27, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

    Great job at referencing the zebra shirt! It shall live on forever. Haha.

    Sara – you could get a cross body bag. It’s much cuter than a fanny pack. 😉

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