Gabber Gabber Hey! Live
Gabber is going through a revival, but some would argue it never really went away. The sound of gabber has permeated through the underground, finding a new home in unlikely places and how younger artists are connecting with this sound that dominated their youth.
During the evening of May 12th, The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision’s RE:VIVE initiative and WORM’s Ether Snuiven will host a discourse event led by former music journalist and hardcore encyclopedia, Holly Dicker. Holly will sit down with Maurice Steenbergen to recount the early years of hardcore and gabber in Rotterdam. Where did it start for Maurice, the imact of the RTS hit “Poing” and where he finds himself in the genre now. Next, bringing us into the present day, Holly will facilitate a roundtable discussion with Know V.A., photographer Boris Potsma and producer Somniac One to talk about their relationships with hardcore and gabber, how they’ve developed over the years and what they think is in store for the scene. We’ll have some DJs to close out the night with their favourite hardcore bangers as well
Holly Dicker is a journalist who for the last 10 years has written for a variety of print and online publications. Since 2011 she has mainly worked as a features writer and critic for Resident Advisor. Between 2016 and 2018 she was a staff writer, culminating in some of the platform’s best long form contributions, including the first scholarly piece in English about the global influence of Thunderdome and gabber subculture in Holland. Her landmark Thunderdome piece was shortlisted for 2018’s Best Work of Music Journalism by Reeperbahn Festival in Germany. She has written several articles about hardcore music and has interviewed many notable figures in the scene, including artists Marc Acardipane, Manu Le Malin, Lady Dana, DJ Promo, and celebrated author and journalist Gert van Veen.
Boris Potsma is an international photographer, Postma explores identity in a world which aggressively bombards us with pop-culture, brands and lifestyles. Why is it we become part of groups in search for individuality? By studying individual aspects and behaviours within subcultures and social groups, he examines the way we position ourselves and how interact with the world around us.
Maurice Steenbergen is de maker van de hitsingle Poing!, die in 1992 in Nederland de tweede plaats van de hitlijsten haalt en al snel ook elders in Europa doorbreekt. Deze plaat wordt tot de dag van vandaag gezien als de wereldwijde commerciële doorbraak van de ‘Gabber House’ rage. Phil de Wilde, producer van 2 Unlimited vertelt in een interview dat zonder ‘Poing’ hun grootste hits ‘No Limit’ waarschijnlijk nooit het daglicht zou hebben gezien. Maurice maakte van 1992-1998 onderdeel uit van het creatieve team achter “Rotterdam Records”, handelend onder de paraplu van Mid-Town Records. Hij produceerde naast muziek ook het artwork en de videoclips, o.a. voor de commerciële hits van DJ Paul Elstak. Zijn laatste werk voor deze scene was de documentaire “Oldschool Renegades” (2013) over de opkomst van house en rave-muziek. Met onder meer Moby, The Prodigy, Frankie Bones, Joey Beltram, Paul Elstak en vele vele anderen. De film is vertoond op diverse internationale filmfestivals in Nederland, Denemarken Polen, Rusland en Finland.
Postma’s editorial photography work has been published by international publications like Boiler Room, i-D Magazine, Indie Magazine and Vice Magazine among others.
Somniac One is a Rotterdam based, Lithuanian hardcore DJ and producer on PRSPCT XTRM Records. After the talks there will be an hour (or more) with several gabber dj’s; Dj Wilco, Know V.A and Nick Hoppezak.