Watch Out for Trapstep


Electronic music has entered a new era of unprecedented creative and economic development, surging into mainstream culture like a bass-heavy tidal wave. Conceived nearly four decades ago as a grass-roots, avant garde, underground movement couched prominently in Europe, the maturation of what we now commonly call “EDM” has brought with it the inevitable complexities and controversies of “adulthood.”

Trapstep is a sub-genre to Dubstep in combination with Trap and  some interesting high hat techniques with whatever the DJ/Producer feels flows with the track.

No matter your views on Electronic Dance Music (EMD), there is one thing for sure – it never fails to keep things interesting in this ever changing industry. The new movement seems to be Trap EDM, or to put it simply, “Trapstep” and it may be blowing up faster than the entire scene itself. If you are not familiar (and I don’t blame you) it’s pretty simple. Imagine all of the wubs, womps, build ups, drops, etc. you surely are used to hearing by now but throw in a looped T-Pain or Meek Mill beat with an overwhelming amount of random ad-libs ping ponging through your speakers. That’s trapstep…and it’s pretty awesome.

Does it appeal to a larger demographic? Probably, although I am dreading the day when I fill up at the gas station and two big guys roll up in a tricked out Cadillac blaring tracks like this from the radio. Many top producers are already on board with the movement including Skrillex, DJ Scream, Drumma Boy, Flosstradamus and Trap-A-Holics so if you dread this already, you are in for the long haul.

There is one group of guys who are going to take this genre to the next level, and I’d be surprised if we don’t see them at the Grammy’s in 2014.  They are not only making a music movement, but a social movement…look out for aColorWar coming later this year.




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