While it’s certainly useful and necessary to divide and classify music into discrete genres for the purpose of organization, things can sometimes go awry. This can occur because like language, music is an alive and breathing cultural phenomenon, and attempts to solidify the epitome of a particular music’s style can be tricky, as changes are occurring within that style as people are trying to define it.
In regards to a particular case of dispute among fans of electronic music, I am referring to the one of the most misunderstood labels in EDM, “dubstep.” Depending on your frame of mind, images may come to mind of aggressive, alien-sounding robotic noises or may conjure images of peaceful, spacious bass vibes. This is more of a problem than you’d expect, given that one single label is being used to describe two totally different, and occasionally, polar opposite, sounds. Take a look a look at the Digital Mystikz’s classic dubstep song “Anti-War Dub.”