eldar gags ยท Bald Terror - Rotterdam 1993

This is a bit of experimenting I did in Rotterdam. I went to various people and asked them if I could take a picture of them while having a conversation. The people I went looking for were the ''stereotypical'' Rotterdam kind of people.

I decided to dig deeper in the Rotterdam orignated culture named: Gabber. Gabber, also known as gabba, early hardcore or Rotterdam hardcore, is a style of electronic music and a subgenre of hardcore techno. It was derived from acid house, techno and New Beat in the early 1990s. The musical style is described as "a relentless mix of superfast BPMs, distorted kickdrums and roared vocals".
The music is typically 180 to 190 beats per minute with samples taken from films or other tracks.

The word "gabber" comes from an Amsterdam Bargoens slang based on the Hebrew chaver) meaning "mate" or "friend". An Amsterdam DJ was asked about the hard Rotterdam scene and said "They're just a bunch of gabbers having fun".
Having heard this, Paul Elstak etched in the vinyl on the first Euromasters record (released through Rotterdam Records in 1992), "Gabber zijn is geen schande!" ("It's not a disgrace to be a gabber!"). The word gained popularity in the Rotterdam music scene and people started to call themselves "gabbers".

And as a answer: the gabber is dead.

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