Martyn: "U.S. dubstep has taken the place of nu-metal"
Tue 19th Jun, 2012 Newsin
Dutch impresario Martyn is a name that carries considerable weight on the international circuit, with a shapeshifting sound that takes in techno, bass music and house. While his hometown is in Eindhoven in The Netherlands, the producer now lives in Washington D.C., and he recently spoke to UK newspaper The Guardian about where his musical mind is at. You can read the full interview here, in which he talks about his ‘dubstep epiphany’ around 2005 and his excursions ever since, however he had a withering assessment about the more aggressive strains of bass music.
“It has very little to do with me,” Martyn quipped when asked about the Stateside definition of dubstep. “Dubstep in the US has taken the place of nu metal. An electronic music rave in America now is like a Limp Bizkit concert 10 years ago. If you listen to a Skrillex set, it’s basically just an orgasmic reaction every three minutes. It has little to do with what dubstep was really all about, which was sort of a meditation on bass. Now it’s like a caricature of that in the US.” We take it he didn’t enjoy the latest Korn record.