"This is a music forum," he wrote on the site's FAQ. "Keep that in mind. This place was started to bring people together. Bring music lovers together. We like to think of this site as an experiment of positivity. Global bass culture. You wouldn't trash up your own neighborhood, so please take the negativity and strife elsewhere."
Over the following ten years, Dubstep Forum exceeded all expectations in bringing like-minded people together, even if keeping negativity off the site proved more difficult. What remains today is an unmatched archive of club culture and the dubstep community.
Since the turn of the millennium, dubstep's mutation from 2-step garage, grime, drum & bass and dub was being led by a small but passionate crew, revolving initially around East Croydon's Big Apple record store. By October of 2005, when Dubway started the forum, the bass-heavy vibrations had spread from South London, becoming a prominent underground sound across the UK and in some pockets abroad. The club nights FWD>> and DMZ had created a regular place to hear this music on a worthy soundsystem. The first anthem—Skream's "Midnight Request Line"—was released. Dubstep's transformation from a section on the shelves at Big Apple to a globally recognised genre was well underway.
The sound needed its own space online. Ammunition Promotions—Sarah "Soulja" Lockhart and Neil Joliffe's company, which housed FWD>>, Tempa Records and Rinse FM—had started a dubstep-focused webshop and message board called Dubplate.net. There were also the likes of Hyperdub and Blackdown's blogs or more varied forums like Dissensus and Dogs On Acid. When Dubplate.net mysteriously closed, Dubway saw a gap. Fuelled by new possibilities for user-generated content (early Web 2.0), he started a free forum to engage the following his blog had gathered by hosting mixes on Zagreb University's server. Paul Rose, AKA Scuba, encouraged some heads to join and a few days later everyone was on there. To name a few: Mala, Skream, Benga, Mary Anne Hobbs, Blackdown, Kode9, SGT. Pokes, Bok Bok, Joe Nice, Oneman, Ben UFO and dubstep's Brazilian torchbearer Bruno Belluomini.
Within three months, membership was at 1,000 and Dubstep Forum was a vital hub, supplementing pirate radio as the voice of the 140BPM community. It was the frontline for knowing the latest releases and dubs, to the extent that there was already a thread for the best tracks of 2006 by mid-January of that year. It was an events listing platform, a way to share knowledge and a place to chat breeze. All users had a signature space to leave their tagline or links to their music, and there were private messaging possibilities. Moderators like Seckle or Boomnoise even led a democratic system for implementing changes to the forum.