Neo-Gabber is taking over clubs in Eastern Poland and its the work of various annoymous crews who are trying to take dance music back to the underground with the help of meme culture and trolling.
Spearheading the scene in Eastern Poland is a tongue-and-cheek crew called WIXAPOL who reckon that neo-gabber is their way of poking fun at dance music’s stereotypes, especially in techno.
Electronicbeats recently headed to Poland to speak to WIXAPOL’s main players to find out why 200bpm gabber is thriving in Poland.
“WIXAPOL was created as a reaction to all that seriousness in the techno scene,” explained DJ SPORTY SPICE to Electronicbeats.
“For example, the description of those techno parties, they sound like it’s some kind of classical music in the philharmonic. But it’s a club event. People go there to get fucked up and dance.”
With techno now seen as an acceptable art form in Polish society, WIXAPOL decided that they needed to come up with something different — and that’s where neo-gabber came in.
“We were sick of that when we started, so we tried to do something completely different. We tried to do something raw, untasteful and ‘not good,’” said DJ SPORTY SPICE.
The crew’s social media revolves heavily around trolling, memes and 4Chan culture, where memes and writing in caps is the scene’s currency, and they take great pride in playing music that’s really annoying.
“Hardcore and hardstyle are kinds of music that can be very annoying. It gives you the same pleasure as making your parents or neighbors annoyed. It’s a trolling pleasure like as in punk or any other counterculture,” said TORRENTZ.EU.
This approach hasn’t won the crew many fans in the gabber community though, according to MIKOUAJ REJW.
“For some orthodox gabber and hardcore fans, it’s unacceptable that we play this papal donk music or anything different alongside gabber. They think that hardcore can only be serious, and that we’re making some laughs about it.”
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