A sub genre of drum and bass where the beat structure is “half time” but the remaining elements still adhere to the usual tempo and melody pattern style

“Just left the studio session with excision downlink and evol intent!! Started on some heavyyyy drumstep :)” – DATSIK

“Drumstep is basically half tempo dnb”

“Same bpm as dnb but same techniques as dubstep ….hence Drum-step”

“Drumstep is taking the double time theory and applying it to DNB…. example: 140bpms feels like 70bpms in dubstep, drumstep is something like 180bpms but feels like 90bpms…. someone correct me if im wrong here… a perfect example would be the “Quarks” song by Dirty Phonics”

“I meant half time, i dont know what i was thinking, too much music theory runnin through my head….and Arron Silverstien, The middle part off Against the Machines is Drumstep i believe, its a 3 part song basically with 3 distinctively different drops.”


So, any of you guys interested in producing tunes in this genre?just uploaded a mix to get you heated.

Description: Minimix by bilsiactracklist1. Eggchan – On the road now2. Skream – Midnight request line (zinc rmx)3. Bilsiac – We control it4. Dj Hazard – wicked so5. Bilsiac – Blood on the line6. Bilsiac – Lonely Department7. Jazzsteppa – Two

Euhm…I may be wrong but…isn’t it just dubstep tracks remixed into DnB?

No need to call it Drumstep…

don’t want to call it drumstep either, but there is a clear difference between regular drumnbass and this genre.  Whatever it’s called, i love to mix it, and id love to have some more tracks like this.

Wtf are you talking about? This is just drum and bass, what is this clear difference you talking about? Is it because of the snare? Is it because it isn’t using the generic amen break style beat? This is silliness!

Ok its drumnbass, the snare is just repeated half the time it is used in regular dnb.  i think it gives a new perspective. btw check out this topic since there are also people who think it is not just clear dnb


Also the snare is in between where the 2 generic snares would be which gives it the generic dubstep swing. I do like it don’t get me wrong but at the end of the day it’s just another style of drum and bass in my opinion. Didn’t read anyone calling this Drumstep in that thread?

why the fuss over a word?  its just music

Isn’t this just dubstep at 170 bpm? That’s that that’s bad.

Sometimes you have to speed things up a bit, like something I vaguely remember “Wouldn’t it be terrible if Led Zeppelin made all their song at 140 bpm?”.

god, get it right boys, half step dnb is basically hip hop.


I do quite like returning to some hip hop vibes though, as I was mainly into hip hop when I started producing.

These are a couple of my “drumstep” attempts…

We Don’t Care by J-One

Tears by J-One

I won’t say what it is, but it is at 170 bpm. Check it out!

Grooki – Electron by Grooki

Mellodrone by Blánca

Blánca – Clocks (Clip) by Blánca



  1. squarepusher made some stuff like this in the early’90s, wei chi made some stuff like this…ofcrs it sounds older no vst pluggins….so not new,just never picked up…Think at the start and death of a gerne, people experimenting…try to get something new out of it….
    But to do that….i think y got to break out of the pattern trap called drum&bas

  2. So if Drumstep is just Drum N Bass then you could say that Dubstep is just Garage because that’s where it came from. Dubstep used to be really deep and dark 2 Step Garage and then it was half timed. I have a feeling that Drumstep will continually evolve just like Dubstep did and prove all the people that say its not a new genre wrong.

    1. i feel pretty much the same.. i think most of drumstep around is just dn’b… there is some good drumstep tho… in terms of composition and structure

  3. Not particularly into the name ‘drumstep’ to be fair, not that it matters. See what OneLove’s saying, it could definitely evolve into it’s own thing. I guess you’ve got the whole autonomic sound going on too.

  4. some of you commenters are missing the point. it is debatable whether drumstep should be a new genre or a subgenre, but it is not dubstep and it is certainly not atmospheric dnb. you need some better examples on here to prove the point.

    check out Loxy’s recent CX (cylon/xtintion agenda) podcasts. they are heavy on minimal halftime “drumstep” beats. highly recommended!

  5. Nah i agree it is just half time drum and bass but if u dont call it “Drumstep” then how will u find other tracks like it?

      1. Theres bare confusion about this genre, and the reason is cos the title ‘drumstep’ is given to very different styles. Personally I consider

        “Same bpm as dnb but same techniques as dubstep ….hence Drum-step”

        to be drumstep, and tracks that resemble a typical drum and bass beat to be something different. At least I hope that the defintion above is what will become recognised as Drumstep..

    1. Drum and Bass has had filthy wobbles WAY before Dubstep. Also Drumstep uses the same snares as the average Jump UP track.

  6. Drumstep is closer to DnB then it is Dubstep… its at the edsact same tempo as Drum n Bass…but its on the third bar…seriously count to four and tap your finger to the beat…each snare lands on three but its the same pace as DnB. and not only that.. Drumstep has been around for years…even before Dubstep was known… some early Drum n bass tracks from the late 90’s yeah Jungle turned into DnB are Drumstep….of corse back then everybody called it Halftime DnB. cant think of any examples now though sorry… ill be sure to dig them out though…. hope i helped.


  7. It’s way too early to call Drumstep a separate genre. Why would anyone want to break away from the Dnb title anyway? Dnb has many subgenres that are growing independently (eg. liquid, jazzstep, skullcore, drum n bossa, jump up, ect.). I think this makes Dnb more likable as a whole. So, let’s just add drumstep to the list of subgenres and continue to love Dnb!


  8. @ Kaz Zim…edsactly! i dont see why everyone hates Sub Genres…. if i want a particular sound of Drum n Bass ide much rather type in Liquid DnB or Jump up DnB or now Drumstep DnB…instead of searching a whole heap of tunes… although i kinda see drumstep as a sub genre of a sub genre…i mean it really sounds simular to Jump up in terms of the vibe.

    btw… TUNE! /watch?v=tbEOr5MZDOo

    1. I didn’t invent the term “DrumSteP”, somebody else did. IMHO, it’s clearly quite different to DnB, which I’m not a fan of at all and also Dubstep, of which I’m a huge supporter.

      I’m just chronicling the “Political Reality”, which is that producers are creating fresh tunes and calling it DrumSTeP..why cause it’s quite distinctice in it’s own peculiar way.

      The fact that Kosovo exists is a Political Reality, much in the same way as DrumSteP is a political reality! Funny/strange analogy but a pertinent one to highlight a political reality!

      DrumSTeP is a fresh innovation on some pre-existing genres….but it’s different to what was here before and hence it deserves to be recognised as such, imho! 🙂

  9. @dj umb … Drumstep has been around for years being called halftime DnB, so it’s not new to us old school junglists. Only until you trendy dubstep fuckers wanna come claim all the glory does it become new. Get your mind right. Dubstep is a mix of garage and drumstep (which was around before dubstep!). Andthen you want to hate on DnB? Fuck outta here…

    1. LOL…dude I did not invent the term…

      DnB has been around for years too, they use to call it DANCE MUSIC….:-)..

      DJ UMB-Trendy Dubstep, I like that, thanks…I’m gona start using that 🙂

  10. To me, it’s right in the middle, it’s got that frantic speed of DnB, but the halftime snares along with the crazy bass is right up the dubstep alley. I remember Pendulum had a song called ‘Set me on Fire’ that was just like this… I couldn’t really decide, is it one thing or another, so, uh, it’s both. Through experimentation I’ve even produced tracks up to 200 beats per minute with basslines at half of that… maybe this all means that dubstep doesn’t need to be confined at around 140 bpm, which is very narrowing.

  11. What is the name of the computerprogramm you’re using? For my guitar stuff I’m using Guitar Pro 6 . . . but this is so much nicer!

    In case you’re using more than 1 programme, in which one do you ‘built’ your beats?

  12. if any of you self righteous, self proclaimed edm experts actually produced this style of music you would notice a clear difference in the feeling when you play to a drumstep beat, as opposed to a dubstep or a dnb beat, if it feels different, it is different…it’s okay everybody…change is goooooood!


    Check out my track “junkstep” and tell me what the hell I file this under?Having trouble deciding, its following dubstep rules but more ambient/prog flow.

    Prog dubstep? I don’t know help me.

    ps – I love a lot of DNB, and really I’m a metal guy, dubstep doesn’t mean I hate DNB, its just another style, deal with it.

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