Bass music

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Bass music (also UK bass) is an umbrella term that refers broadly to varied contemporary electronic dance music styles across dubstep, wonky, UK garage, drum and bass, bassline, techno, and house, among others.[1] The phrase began to be used in response to the ambiguous blending of sounds between these defined genres, with a key characteristic an emphasis on bass and rhythm.[2]

Dubstep producer Skream is quoted in an interview with The Independent in September 2011 as saying, "The word dubstep is being used by a lot of people and there were a lot of people being tagged with the dubstep brush. They don't want to be tagged with it and shouldn't be tagged with it - that's not what they're pushing... When I say 'UK bass', it's what everyone UK is associated with so it would be a lot easier if it was called that."[3]

In the United Kingdom, bass music, or UK bass has had major mainstream success since the late 2000s and early 2010s, with artists such as Example, Chase & Status, Skream, Benga and Wretch 32.[4] Outside of nightclubs, bass music has mainly been promoted and played on web radio stations, the most notable being Rinse.FM, Sub.FM and Rood.FM in the UK, and BassRadio.FM in the US.


  1. ^ Ryce, Andrew. "Bass / House". Resident Advisor. Retrieved 11 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Best UK Bass Music of 2012 (so far)". Salacious Sound. Retrieved 13 June 2016.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  3. ^ Moir, Sam (2011-09-13). "Skream: "I want to make sure once this fad dies out, I'm still standing"". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2012-01-04. 
  4. ^ The Guardian