A brief history of Dubstep – HiT Welcomes Propatingz


HiT welcomes Anthony Traynor (PROPATINGZ) to our group of illustrious instructors.

A Brief History of Dubstep:

One of the most popular genres of electronic music, Dubstep, came on to the scene in 2002 and has been steadily growing in the market since then. Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in South London, United Kingdom. Its overall sound has been described as “tightly coiled productions with overwhelming bass lines and reverberant drum patterns, clipped samples, and occasional vocals”.

Throughout 2010, Dubstep was beginning to hit the pop charts, with “I Need Air” by Magnetic Man reaching number 10 in the UK singles chart. This presented a turning point in the popularity of mainstream Dubstep amongst UK listeners as it was placed on rotation on BBC Radio 1.
“Katy On a Mission” by Katy B (produced by Benga) followed, debuting at number 5 in the UK singles chart, and stayed in the top 10 for five more weeks.
Dubstep has now become a major part of American music culture.

PROPATINGZ; a name synonymous with the thunderous, uncompromising sound of now known as dubstep.

The man in question, Anthony Traynor, is responsible for some of the biggest dance floor bangers in the scene. Heralded as “Man of the Moment” (Fat Drop UK) he has numerous top 10 releases on dubstep’s biggest labels (BOKA, Z Audio, Black Acre, Fabric) and has emerged as one of the hottest names on the international DJ circuit.
His cutting edge style has been in great demand for remix and collaboration projects forscene powerhouse producers such as 16 bit, Bassnectar and Breaks legend Freq Nasty with major support coming from N-type, Glitch Mob, Akira Kiteshi, Radio 1 DJ Kissy Sell Out amongst others. Not only a dubstep don, his previous incarnation as BreakBeatBuddha helped forge the now lauded International Glitch Hop scene alongside such artists as Edit and Lazer Sword.

As PropaTingz he has made a triumphant return to his to his UK underground roots but to see how he got here lets rewind and take it from the edge…….2009 saw the first PropaTingz releases, the first of which, “Peacemaker”, made it on to the seminal Fabric Live mix CD, mixed by Freq Nasty. “Babylons Scared ft Dakini” (Audio Freaks) followed close behind with the mighty 16 bit on remix duties, described by Boomkat as “a technological murder weapon”;

In 2010 the pace quickened as Propa took turns on the remix duties remixing 16 bits slaughter house dubstep anthem “Chainsaw Calligraphy” (BOKA). His crunk step take on the original, described by ST Holdings as “devastating, pure and simple” earned him accolades and established him as a major player in genre.“PoorManStyle/Wickedest Sound” (Off Road/Black acre) found itsway to Kissy Sell Outs “Young Blood” feature on BBC Radio 1 and was an instant dubstep rave smash. “Hustle Hard/Stay Alive” (Bad Acid/Black Acre) saw Propa return to his UK grime roots and was described by the listening booth as “a leviathan of block rocking bass science…”

THE FUTURE; look forward to a slew of remixes in the pipeline, an EP and World Tour…..the word on the street is that there is a live project in the mix too….. Big Tingz Indeed!