Dubstep Mime

Dubstep Mime

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“Dubstep Mime” is a phenomenan in which a person libdups a dubstep track. Since dubstep is known for its wide diversity in sounds and subgenres (drillstep, drumstep etc.) the outcomes can be pretty original and, in some cases, hilarious.


On May 31st 2011 Youtube-user esoterradubstep uploaded a video of him lipdubbing Flux Pavillion’s dubstepmix of ‘Gold Dust’ by DJ Fresh. This would be the first dubstep lipdub ever created.

However, this was NOT the video that made dubstep mime recognisable. The video that did, was submitted on the same day, again by esoterradubstep. This time, it was ‘Big Boss’ by Doctor P that he made a lipdub of. It still took a while for the video to gain viewers. When eventually the video was embedded to The Daily What at July 15th, the views skyrocketed and the video was shared all over the web.

All other dubstep mimes created by this user where uploaded rapidly afterwards. As of yet it is unknown why exactly THIS video made dubstep mime this popular. It might have been because this track is much more well-known, or because this track is pretty extreme, even for dubstep. This is being researched.


A dubstep mime is good when the lipdub fits the music. In some of the tributes (see next topic) it’s noticable that the users are just randomly moving their mouth without any relation to the music. As you could see in his videos, esoterradubstep perfectly mastered this skill.
Another thing that’s important (but of course optional) is the bending in the video. In this way there’s more emphasis on the shape of the mouth so it fits the music even better. Either that, or esoterradubstep used it to not reveal his identity that much. Most of the trinutes have also included bending.

lip dubs

Even before the dubstep mime lip dubbing was very popular. Most famously with smosh’s videos. Of course when lip dubbing the copyright infringements were always an issue. Many videos like numa numa have been considered for copyright infringement but in carlnuma’s case the band behind the song liked it. That is not always the case.



Not very long after the submission of the videos the first of the inevitable tributes was submitted. Below some tributes to dupstep mime are displayed. You can find more in the Video section.

Of course, also parodies were inevitable.

Also, this video is also called ‘Dubstep Mime’, but this isn’t a lipdub, it’s really a mime. Posting it here to avoid confusion.

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