Bangers and Mash. It has been awhile. I remember my first dubstep days. The “EDM” scene was on the verge of blowing up. Bassnectar was recognized in the electronic crowd, which was still a unique culture at the time. Rusko had only just started changing what dubstep was. Skrillex didn’t exist.
It was my sophomore year at college and I lived in a 10 x 10 box of a dorm. I had 5.1 surround Creative speakers duck taped to the ceiling and two 4-foot high 1970’s Sony speakers I picked up at a junkyard. Jerry-rigging the setup to play out all 7 monitors, I racked up a fair share of noise complaints.
We had no qualms packing 40 kids into that 10 foot box, blaring Mr. Madjestyk’s Dub Hangover at unhealthy decibels. Our ears inches from the tweeters, greedily asking for more.
After awhile, either my ears’ ability to continually absorb the abrasiveness of dubstep faded or the genre lost its soul. Either way, I lost my taste for a heavy beat.
Something about this Lil Silva tune reinvigorates a small flicker of the untamable energy from my sophomore year dorm.