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Top definition. A derivitive of a Yiddish word meaning "friend", a gabber is a person who likes hardcore techno originating out of Rotterdam that goes by the same name. The name was coined supposedly when a club bouncer stopped someone, saying " Gabberyou can't come in here.
I wonder if there has been a gabber track with positive lyrics and themes? Gabber is not a musicgerne, it's a subculture, the track is oldschool hardcore. Who cares about the lyrics of a gabber track.
Based in Belgian New Beat industrial style of Techno, Techno music reached Amsterdam in the late s,  and it was the producers and DJs from Rotterdam in the early s who evolved it, mixing it with industrial into a harder house variant which is today known as "gabber". Though techno tracks from Frankfurt 's Marc Acardipane were quite similar to the Rotterdam style, it was the popularity of this music in the Netherlands which made Rotterdam the cradle of gabber. The essence of the gabber sound is a distorted bass drum sample, overdriven to the point where it becomes clipped into a distorted square wave and makes a recognizably melodic tone. Gabber tracks typically include samples and synthesised melodies with the typical tempo ranging from to bpm.
At its peak, gabber gathered thousands and thousands of Dutch ravers every weekend, eventually hitting the mainstream before fading away almost as fast as it arose. The two Parisians have been behind the recent renewed interest in the genre, with an exhibition that took place in May at Le Point Ephemere Paris. Gabber was originally born in Rotterdam in the late s as a reaction to the domination of the city of Amsterdam on the Dutch scene.
Gabber is the black sheep of the Dutch music family. A total outsider, Gabber is anti-culture, a pain in the ass of the mainstream. Gabber is crude, bold and raw.
Hardcore is one of the most liberated and liberating genres in dance music, encompassing a vast range of speeds, styles, and emotions. In the s, Thunderdome brought this sound to the masses. It launched the careers of hundreds of DJs and soundtracked the youth of millions worldwide; it is one of the few living relics from the heyday of rave, charged with the difficult task of staying grounded in the present while simultaneously preserving the past.
I was writing a history of dance music, and I wanted to interview Marc Acardipane. It turned out his appearance was a measly half-hour on a tiny, far-away stage at the end of the last night, like booking the Belleville Three to play the burger bar. I kept asking about speaking to him, while my smiling handlers pretended not to hear.
And thus Gabber was born! The Gabber culture evidently suited the sounds of their hardcore tracks. Of course, the excessive quantity of pills was no requirement but a preferred input.
The Internet never tires of gabber—a short-lived but iconic Dutch rave phenomenon that makes the gnarliest dubstep sound about as hard as Tiny Tim. Between Tom Nijuis' recent gabber-inspired clothing collectionSoulwax's slowed-down gabber mixesand Noisey's gabber spelunking in Big Night Outwe can't seem to stop ogling dance music's weirdest subculture. Having spent seventeen minutes yesterday watching videos of babies doing the hakken dance, I knew I couldn't just post this clip without providing the who, where, when, and why - because, as a friend pointed out, "The evangelicals would be planting car bombs over this if it happened in America.