In the course of writing for commercials (which I’ve been doing a lot of recently), I get stretched to write in a lot of different styles that aren’t necessarily native to me. Last week I was asked to write a dubstep electronica cue. Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music which incorporates a lot of breakbeat and rhythmic elements not only in its drum programming but also in its synth programming. Skrillex is one of dubstep’s foremost practitioners.
Here’s the short dubstep track I wrote, titled Outsider. While it doesn’t have traditional verse-chorus song structure, I put a lot of emphasis on random variety as well as creating a few contrasting sections (e.g. drums only and breakdown sections), which are useful for when a piece like this is used in a commercial and, once synced to video, the editor may prefer one section of music over another. In the course of a minute-and-a-half piece, I’m writing to give the editor enough variety to find at least 30 seconds of unique content to choose from.
This track is also available for listening and sharing on SoundCloud: