It draws on many musical influences. Such influences include, dub, reggae, d'n'b, jungle, UK garage, grime, techno and IDM.
Usually around 140bpm in tempo, the unifying sounds within dubstep are always bass and sub-bass.
The music ranges in style from melodious instrumentals to dark, techy and distorted numbers.
Many UK grime mc's also mc over dubstep tracks, although grime and dubstep should not be confused.
Dubstep is usually mellow and generally has a well paced structure to each song. Grime beats are generally more disjointed, the overall production level being grittier than that in dubstep.
The last of these has led many an unwary listener to question a DJ's knowledge of his EQ and sound levels only to later find out that it was not any hardware failure that caused the angry sound of dubstep to assault their ears -a sound that has often been described by many true followers of PLUR as being "violent" "hateful" and "vibe crushing".
Dubstep is often described as being "filthy" "grimy" and "dirty" by its fans, which is ironic as they also describe themselves with the exact same words. Much like the bros that dubstep has excreted into the modern rave scene; dubstep should be divorced from raves as it does nothing to further the scene and is only destroying it like a cancer.
Dubstep should not be played at any event, ever.
Person B "You mean the one that goes "wubwubwubwub wump wump wump wubwubwubwub?"
Person A "Yeah! That's the one!"
Person B "No."
Person A "Then how did you know what the track sounded like?"
Person B "I didn't, it's dubstep so I just guessed and made shit noises."