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The Playground Takes a Look at the Music Industries Biggest Battle: Electro Vs Dubstep

The Playground looks at the clash of the genres in the run up to Steve Aoki’s exclusive London show on September tenth at Koko.

London, United Kingdom, July 15, 2011 --( In recent years electro has noticeably evolved from acts like Daft Punk, through to much more bass-driven dubstep acts like Bar 9, Flux Pavilion and Skrillex. Years go by, and people continually strive for something different, something new, which has resulted in electro developing a much darker tone.

Whether the dirtier sounds are a by product keeping in line with the pace of life or it be something that deserves to be noticed rather than kept underground, the power of electronic music today is undeniable with the strength to be uplifting, haunting and mesmerising all at the same time.

This development in electro goes hand in hand with the filthier sounds that dubstep artists are producing today. Skrillex has skillfully taken elements from all these different electronic movements to create something which he calls electro-house-dubstep, a genre that is currently exploding, and is destined for even greater things.

As Eddy Temple-Morris explains “For me, it's the impurity, the dilution, that makes something better. It works genealogically: the more mixed the genepool, generally speaking, the better the result.”

Ever since Skrillex’s laptops were stolen, there has been a handful of leaks and releases of unfinished tracks. The fascination and buzz behind these unfinished tracks proves the potential of what the reaction would have been like, had his dubstep / house infusion been fully produced.

It’s fair to say that as the world of dubstep continues to expand, more and more artists are crossing over into the genre. Holding onto their electro roots, but making that transition into a new realm, creating a synthesis of the two genre’s. Skrillex is a perfect example of that but so is Steve Aoki.

Despite having an altogether different sound to Skrillex, Aoki manages to keep his foot firmly in the electro door, whilst pushing his sound more and more towards the dirtier and darker sounds that we would now associate with dubstep. Aoki develops his own dark electro productions, and has remixed some of today’s biggest artists.

Who’s to say where these genre’s are headed, the more artists that collaborate across genres, the more likely it is that this new electro-house-dubstep will expand to a point of domination in today’s electronic music industry. That’s certainly an exciting prospect.

With this in mind, party pioneers The Playground decided that it only made sense to embrace some of the industries dirtiest dubstep acts, with some of the hottest producers working on the darker side of electro for a single line-up at Camden’s infamous KOKO on Saturday the 10th September.

Steve Aoki will headline this exclusive one off show in his only London appearance of the year. He’ll have support from an eclectic mix of some of today’s hottest electro and dubstep producers, including Modestep mc&dj, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Mixhell, Bar 9, Rokosonix, Genetix and Autoerotique.

Koko can be found at 1a Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE. Doors open at 9pm and tickets are on sale now via

For all media enquiries and interview requests for all artists, please contact or call 0207 683 1223

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Warren Morris

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