Are you ready for DubStep?

As we prepare for May 29th, I’ve received several inquiries about DubStep music. I wanted to share an article written by Sasha “FriedSushi” Heller, founder of DeltaDub. DelatDub was a weekly event held at da House of Khafre Tuesday nights in downtown Indianola, Mississippi, and then moved to Thursdays at the 308 Blues Club. When Sasha started, only a handful of people would visit to hear the wub-wubs, complex beats, fast breaks, and heavy drops of DubStep. But then something magical happened… those few turned into a many which resulted in a weekly and expectant AND diverse crowd that respected one another and embraced this music.

Can FriedSushi make magic happen again… in Pampa, Texas?

Is Pampa ready for Dubstep music?

Yes it is.

Pampans are more than ready for Dubstep music and its associated elements to infiltrate the local culture. Community members have unknowingly heard Dubstep music playing in the background of commercials and movies. Dubstep, and its cousin genre Drum’n’Bass, are often selected by commercial music and film soundtrack producers for background and theme music because the genres’ tempos and styles are known to increase the heart rate and release certain neurotransmitte­rs that begin transferring dopamine – or “the feel-good drug” – in chemical signals relayed throughout the body. Advertisers have learned to utilize that natural reaction in the body to their advantage, causing the viewer’s heart to race or triggering a massive release of the body’s answer to codeine.

So what is Dubstep?

For some perspective, music is divided into various genres, most of which the average listener is aware of: Rock, Blues, Jazz, Opera, etc.

Technical music enthusiasts can subdivide genres into subgenres almost infinitely, as they find the correct phrasing of the musical fusion and style they’re looking to describe.

As such, each genre has an accompanying tempo, measured commonly in beats per minute (BPM) and focusing on the number of drum hits heard: Hip Hop/Rap is around 115-120 BPM; Disco ranges from 118-135 BPM; Dubstep is around 140-145 BPM; Drum’n’Bass is between 160-180 BPM.

Dance music producers like to fuse different styles in their sonic endeavors. Every new subgenre is essentially a variation on the same central theme. For example, Drumstep has quickly gained favor among the dance community; Drumstep blends elements of Drum’n’Bass and Dubstep, hence the “Drum” and “step.” Trap music includes features of both Rap music and Dubstep. The list would go on and on.

How do I know Pampa is ready?

Because I am a DJ. I spin as FriedSushi and mix Dubstep, Trap, Drumstep and Drum’n’Bass. And while I was working by day as news editor at The Enterprise-Tocs­in in Indianola, Miss. – in the heart of the Mississippi Delta – I started Delta DUB, a free weekly Dubstep night at Club 308, a local juke joint. Delta DUB’s still going strong today, every Thursday night at Club 308. Indianola’s population is around 12,000.

Every week, 50 of those people came to experience Delta DUB. It was beautiful. One of my lasting memories is while playing a set, I remember turning to my left to see the server, bartender and dishwasher from the Mexican restaurant playing a game of pool. So, from then on, every week, we would have blacks, whites, Mexicans, Asians, whoever, under the same roof, listening to the same music, vibin’ on the same riff & just enjoying each other’s company.

I really think Pampa is ready for something like that. The kids will thank you. They won’t be old enough yet, of course, but they’ll thank you down the road when the culture has long been established. And don’t fuss over the negative elements commonly associated with rave music and dance clubs: drug and alcohol abuse, increased crime and juvenile delinquency. That will not happen in Pampa. Problems like those are often based on escalated numbers of attendees. There simply wouldn’t be enough people showing up at Dubstep weeklies to cause that big of a ruckus or begin moving that much dope. Those problems will happen in rave scenes in Houston, Dallas or Austin – but not ours. I promise.

I am ready— that much is for sure. Anyone else interested can email me or call the news office or 806-663-0800. I’d love to be a part of Pampa DUB. We could start a weekly at local club or anywhere really. It’s nothing to be afraid of Pampa, take my word for it. Dubstep and Drum’n’Bass will come eventually, like any other trend. So why not now?


Sasha Heller, aka FriedSushi: writer, photographer, visionary, sound maker… all around good guy.

About Mario Strong

Celebrating blues culture and promoting roots music worldwide. Fully engaged in an ongoing personal campaign towards raising social awareness and promoting a healthy consciousness throughout the Mississippi Delta. View all posts by Mario Strong

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