While house music might have formed a holy union with urban and hip-hop in recent years, viathe hookups made possibly by the likes of David Guetta and Tiësto, dubstep’s alliances appear to have ben formed more with the rock world. UK stadium-fillers Muse turned a few heads in June when they released a trailer for their upcoming The 2nd Law album, hinting they’d be dabbling in dubstep. In an interview with UK music rag NME this month though, drummer Dom Howard revealed the band was indeed inspired by the righteous lord of dubstep himself, Skrillex.
"We went to see Skrillex in Camden around October. We went, 'F**k, it's so heavy,' loved it. I was like a full metal gig, they had circles of death, people were moshing, I hadn't seen a reaction like that to electronic music before. We took inspiration…"
The band’s comments also shed light on just how much US dubstep has tapped into the energy of hard rock and heavy metal; it might be light years away from the UK, dub and reggae origins of the dance genre, but it’s been a source of inspiration nonetheless.
Singer Matt Bellamy had even more to add. "Some of that hard dubstep and brostep coming from America, is capturing the imagination. The moshpit has moved from guitars and gone towards the laptop, so with that song we're trying to see if we can challenge the laptop. We created something that was dubsteppy but we wanted to see if we could do it with real instruments. We wanted to ask, 'Can rock bands compete with what these guys are doing?'"
Fans can make up their mind as to whether they’ve pulled it off when The 2nd Law drops on September 17. Meanwhile, Muse’s new song "Survival" is the official track for a modest little event called London 2012 Olympics, which a few of you might have been tuning into lately.