To truly appreciate music you should know where it comes from. In this blog series we are going to look at the different sub-genres of Drum & Bass and how they came to be. So here?s your ?what?s it all about? guide to Drum & Bass from a Frogbeats perspective.
Let?s start with the easy stuff. Drum & Bass, or DnB, generally operates at a tempo of between 160 and 180BPM and tends to be more syncopated than the electronic styles out of which it grew. It tends to focus on break-beats and huge bass-lines influenced by dub and reggae. DnB is one of the most diverse genres of electronic music, with its own sub-genres forging connections with just about every other type of music from techno to blues.
To understand where DnB comes from you need to be familiar with Jungle. This is the Granddaddy of Drum & Bass, which came about from the underground dance scene in the early 1990s. DnB came out of the acid house and rave scene back in the 1990?s by crossing Jungle with the more popular electronic music styles of the time.
Naturally music evolves from generation to generation as new artists step in to create their own signature sound. This is what occurred in the turn of the millennium when artists such as Fabio began championing a new form of DnB called ?Liquid Funk? on his Creative Source label. This took influences from Funk, Disco, Latin, Jazz & Soca (Carribean music originating from Trinidad & Tobago) generally using the raw sound of instrument in recording. The tempos vary a lot.