Dubstep has exploded on the world music scene enormously over the last few years, moving from the underground rave scene to the mainstream. Artists in dubstep can be classified as either underground or commercial.
Below is a list of the top 5 commercial dubstep artists. Remeber this is my opinion of the best dubstep artists,feel free to comment and discuss!
Rusko AKA Christopher Mercer saw commercial fame with the critically acclaimed Cockney thug “Wake the F*Ck up!!” Rusko was one of the original big time dubstepers with his first professional release SNES Dub in 2006. He worked initially on dark evil wub wub dubstep (you know what I mean) eventually showing a lighter side with his worldwide success Hold On.
Caspa AKA Gary McCann was an original dubsteper from the beginning, with a flurry of collaborations with Rusko. Caspa’s label Dub Police dominated the new dubstep sound of the time. Caspa big commercial success came with Wheres my Money, a massive international success that went on to become one of the biggest dubstep tracks of all time elevating Caspa to commercial success.
Nero AKA Daniel Stephens and Joe Ray have won numerous dubstep awards, been nominated by BBC’s Sound of 2011 and achieved critically acclaimed success in the commercial charts. Their debut single This Way was released in 2008 and Nero have been dominating the commercial scene every since. Subsequent tracks Innocence, Guilt, Me & You all received extremely high chart positions in the UK and worldwide.
Chase and status
Chase and Status AKA Saul Milton and Will Kennard are one of the main causes for pushing dubstep to the masses. After their success in the underground rave scene with amazing drum and base sets all over the UK, they choose to change their focus to commercial acclaim. After a string of collaborations with commercial artists of all genres from R&B to Grime to Drum and Base, Chase and Status’s second album, No More Idols entered the UK charts at second position and was a huge success leading to an explosion of commercial dubstep.
Composed of three initially solo artists Magnetic Man AKA Benga, Skream and Artwork signed to Columbia records in early 2010 and completed their first full length sell-out tour in late 2010. Widely accredited for being one of the major causes for pushing dubstep to the masses, Magnetic Man’s first single I Need Air (What a tune!) rose to 10th in the UK official charts and received world wide acclaim.