Gabber Modus Operandi is an accidental project founded by Kasimyn and Ican Harem. Born out of a shared obsession for all sorts of high-octane, fast-paced sounds, they explode an extensive range of influences into vibrant, outrageous productions.
Together, the duo fuse the challenging sounds of gabber, footwork, grindcore, and noise with a number of traditional Indonesian sounds such as jathilan (a trance dance in which an animal spirit possesses the body), dangdut koplo (a subgenre of a popular folk music), and funkot (reminiscent of both European happy hardcore as well as dangdut).
The duo formed by chance, when Kasimyn filled in for one of Ican’s collaborators at a punk gig in Denpasar, Bali. Kasimyn now produces tracks that Ican Harem provides vocals and humorous, improvised musings over—which first appeared in their debut release Puxxximaxxx (October 2018 via Yes No Wave Music). Puxxximaxxx makes use of rapidfire tempos; stuttering, angular percussion; and high-octane vocal delivery.
More recently, they contributed to SVBKVLT's acclaimed Cache 1 compilation, with the exuberant "Sangkakala II.” Their sophomore album, Hoxxxya, released via SVBKVLT in August 2019 was picked up by the likes of Boomkat, and Fact Magazine who have spoken with Kas and Ican ahead of the release: “For this album, we owe a lot to the metal/noise scene and to the small rapidly growing rave crew in Denpasar”, explain the duo, “while at the same time a ton of influence strongly came from all the sounds blasting out of our banjar (neighbourhood) community.” The 8-track release includes artwork by Tianzhuo Chen.
Their love for energetic, intense sounds forms the foundation of their hyper-active, unprecedented output. Using samples of traditional Indonesian music (especially of the Balinese gamelan), and borrowing from the pentatonic scale, Gabber Modus Operandi attempt to bridge the gaps between humour, dark contemporary music, and Indonesian tradition. With exuberant digital sarcasm, they straddle the line between the sacred and the banal.
“winking yet perfectly executed gabber grammars”
– Adam Harper, The WIRE
– Gabriel Szatan, Crack magazine
“I dragged my limp body to Berghain yet again and was instantly shocked to life by Indonesian duo Gabber Modus Operandi. Backed by a gigantic screen playing distorted YouTube clips, producer Kasimyn played a selection of truly eccentric tracks fusing noise, grindcore, gabber, jathilan and footwork...This set the pace for the entire night and Berghain throbbed with a genuinely rebellious energy.”
– John Twells, FACT Magazine
“What Atari Teenage Riot were for my generation in the ‘90s, Gabber Modus Operandi will be for this generation from February 1 onwards. Hailing from Bali, this duo combines a punk aesthetic with the DIY spirit of the Indonesian experimental music community to express the friction caused by postcolonial resonances and growing religious conservatism. I had the (dis)pleasure of DJing after one of their performances—they are the kind of live act that you can’t top in any way no matter what you do.”
– Michail Stangl, Electronic Beats
"In eight hooligan alloys of heavy metal, militant Dutch kick drums and native styles of gamelan and Dangdut Koplo - local folk-pop - Hoxxxya is a unique proposition no matter what angle you’re coming from. It’s a seethingly up-for-it and puckishly immediate sound, lending a thrilling new spin to well-trampled tropes in a way symptomatic of the current wave of rave goods." – Boomkat
Territory: Europe → Jan Rohlf
Available in Europe fall 2019 and April/May 2020
→ 09.08.2019 Oil – Shenzhen, CN
→ 10.08.2019 All – Shanghai, CN
→ 16.08.2019 Loop – Gangzhou, CN
→ 17.08.2019 Zhaodai – Beijing, CN
→ 23.08.2019 Final – Taipei, TW
→ 24.08.2019 wwwß – Tokyo, JP
→ 02.10.2019 Trauma Bar – Berlin,DE
→ 04.10.2019 Inkonst – Malmo, SE
→ 05.10.2019 Downtown Festival – Rotterdam, NL
→ 08.10.2019 Beursschowburg – Brussels, BE
→ 09.10.2019 ZBD – Lisbon, PT
→ 11.10.2019 Unsound – Krakow, PL