Since emerging in 1995, internet radio has revolutionized the broadcasting industry by giving a voice to new ideas in music that would otherwise have no mass outlet. Many DJs and producers of emergent underground styles have embraced the webcast in recent years by starting up internet radio stations with regular programming in order to self-promote by gaining exposure for their sounds and selves as artists.
Amongst the young sounds being spread by internet radio is Dubstep. Leading the movement is Dubstep.fm, and at its helm, Dubstep DJ and internet radio champion, DopeLabs. Officially on the air since April 10th, 2007, Dubstep.fm is one of the only radio stations broadcasting Dubstep at 192 Kbps and boasts the highest average numbers of listeners as well as the record for most listeners at any one time among internet radio stations of the genre. DopeLabs’ own deep knowledge of the genre (as well as deep record bins) has given rise to deeper sounds and vibes than he himself had anticipated. Here is a vinyl DJ that has, through his station’s contribution to the global underground Dubstep network, gained access to treasures among tracks. In his Dubfix sessions, he weaves them off one another for all the world to hear, shifting from movement to movement without ever losing any momentum.
DopeLabs has been involved in internet broadcasting for over 10 years. The first station he was involved with was a Trance, House, Progressive, and Breaks station, AfterHoursDJs.org. After providing administrative services for AfterHoursDJs for quite a while, he eventually took it under his wing completely.
Now DopeLabs contributes web hosting, shoutcast hosting, transcoding, and administrative services for many other radio stations such as Sub.fm, Rinse.fm, Cyba.fm, Smoothbeats.com, Iconicradio.com, Hivemind.fm, ReworkRadio.com.
When first getting into Dubstep, in addition to getting Dubstep.fm off the ground, he unofficially helped out by hosting a Shoutcast relay, providing the resources for up to 100 additional listeners when the popular Rinse.fm radio servers were at capacity. He provides transcoding services for Sub.fm, Cyba.fm, and Hivemind.fm. He also hosts the websites of Sub.fm, Hivemind.fm, Iconicradio.com, and ReworkRadio.com.
DopeLabs has worked on 2 separate web projects with Sub.fm. The first was converting the website from HTML to PHP. The second project and most recent change was a complete redesign of the entire Sub.fm website. He has also provided Cyba.fm with a handful of handy radio scripts, helped with server administration, and advised on good broadcasting practices.
As far as Shoutcast hosting goes, he provides many of the Shoutcast servers you and I connect to every day, including servers for AfterHoursDJs.org, Dubstep.fm, Sub.fm, Cyba.fm, Hivemind.fm, SmoothBeats.com, IconicRadio.com, and ReworkRadio.com.
DopeLabs also owns a Dubstep record label aptly named Dubstep Records.
With signed artists such as The Widdler, DZ, 6Blocc, Mr. Boogie, EshOne, The SubDivision, Hellfire Machina, Grifta, Triage, Tyrant, HD4000, XI, Bombaman, Roommate, Yong, and more. Dubstep Records has both digital and vinyl releases distributed worldwide.
DopeLabs’ love for the Dubstep community is second to none. His time, dedication, and love for Dubstep music and technology goes deeper than anyone could have anticipated. He believes that sharing knowledge, time, and technology with others will unite and advance the Dubstep community.