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Highlights 20 years of gabber

Read here the rise and history of a Dutch subculture called Gabber that has grown into a concept worldwide. 

The emergence of gabber


We have arrived from Mescalinum United was the first record where you could clearly extract the influences of hardcore.This plate was pressed in 1990 by Planet Core Productions in Frankfurt Germany.The name of this album itself was Reflections Of 2017, better known by DJs as PCP 006. Producers were stimulated to produce more of that kind of records and hardcore was born. 20 years of hardcore is coming ...



Resident DJ Rob Janssen, better known as DJ Rob, experimented with his drum computer on the Friday nights in discotheque Parkzicht. By mixing these kicks through the house plates, a firmer version of house was created. This was the beginning of the hardcore in the Netherlands and because of this appearance of the harder house this soon spread. People from all over the Netherlands came specifically to this club.

Soon hardcore got the name gabberhouse and if you were a fan of hardcore you were called a gabber. The name gabberhouse was created because D-Shake, a Dutch house producer, said in an interview with the VPRO " this is now gabberhouse ".


Gabber grew out


On June 19, 1992 Irfan, Duncan and Theo decided to start a party organization called ID & T. The Final Exam. They wanted to make it the biggest national graduation party. Later on October 3 was officially the first Thunderdome in the Thialf Stadion Heerenveen.

The first hardcore album in the Netherlands was Euromasters - Amsterdam Where Lech Dat Dan ?founded by Rob Fabrie and was part of Rotterdam records that was in the hands of DJ Paul Elstak.



And Hardcore was growing in an upward trend. Parkzicht was too small to give parties. Thunderdome went on tour Germany, Italy, Australia, Belgium, France, Switzerland and Spain


Gabber got its own identity


Gabber clothing from hardcore labels and parties has been shown for years at various parties. You also saw more and more short shaved heads on the sides and mats, but the rise of the Australian tracksuits really became the gabber outfit in 1995. A real subculture was born, gabber!


On July 1, 1995 was the first Masters of Hardcore event in the Sporthallen of Almere with the name Doomsday - Masters of Hardcore .


A Hardcore overkill


The year that Mecado was founded by Robert-Jan Hertog in Alphen aan de Rijn.This record company came with parodies of hardcore and released it under other names at very cheap prices. Very much a record company that did not have any connection with the gabber scene or whatever. Many large, but especially false, television commercials of the very cheap CD albums produced a huge turnover.This gave record companies such as ID & T and Mokum Records very difficult to sell their offer.



Arcade and Gabberwijffie filed a lawsuit against Mercado, because the song 'On a big mushroom' by Gabberwijffie was on the album Hakkuh & Flippuh 2 under the name Reef Teeffie - On a big paddock chair. Hakkuh & Flippuh 2 had to be removed directly from the store.


Figures could tell that the gabber culture now counted 300,000 young people.Hardcore had reached its ultimate summit.


Gabber is becoming less popular


Hardcore was destroyed by cheap record companies and a lot of negative news from the media. Mercado was declared bankrupt on February 14th. This made hardcore an underground music movement and was clearly no longer mainstream.


The Australians went into the closet, hairs had to grow again and it looked like gabbers had disappeared. Nothing is less true! The gabber supporters increasingly went into clothes such as Lonsdale and later also Fred Perry, Everlast, Hooligan and Pit Bull joined. Hardcore became underground.



Because hardcore had become an underground music movement, there was room for experiments with hardcore.Among other DJ Promo, also known as Sebastian Hoff, made an important part of this by making understated sounds on a drum computer. This gave the subgenre Industrial Hardcore more publicity, although these sounds could be heard in 1993 in the production of Laurent Hô.



Because hardcore had become an underground movement, it also had many negative aspects. For example, ID & T was forced to abandon Thunderdome 2000 at the Expo in Ghent, because too few tickets would be sold. And to keep Mystery Land alive, ID & T on the main stage had to replace the hardcore with another mainstream genre.

In 2000 Sebastian Hoff founded, after a disagreement with ID & T, a new record label that mainly focused on the subgenre Industrial Hardcore, namely The Third Movement. In his own words Sebastian Hoff wanted "an industrial project that is between techno and hardcore". It seemed that everyone was 200% committed to blowing hardcore back into life, because that was not all. Because of more dark and mysterious sounds the hardcore got a subgenre, darkcore. The album of Endymion, called Demonsworld, emphasized this and was thus seen as one of the founders of darkcore. Because of the many subgenres the big brother hardcore started to grow again and again.


Gabber as always!


Hardcore was on the rise! Slowly you saw the die-hard gabbers again with Australian tracksuits appear and hardcore parties were again better visited. ID & T organized another Thunderdome in the HMH after 2 years no longer having given a party. The sale of the Thunderdome CDs was just as good as the most popular genre at that time, namely hardhouse.



12 October, Thunderdome celebrates its 10th anniversary at the RAI in Amsterdam. The party had the name Thunderdome a Decade and there were two rooms, namely in the Randstadhal 1992 - 1997 and in the Hollandhal 1997 - 2002.



On July 18, 2003, several hardcore DJs organized the 3 Steps Ahead 4 life party.This party was a funraiser event to raise money for an expensive treatment method of Pigmans. Unfortunately, Peter-Paul Pigmans died on 27 August 2003.



Mystery Land, which once started with hardcore on the main stage, will no longer have hardcore on the agenda. Hardcore has disappeared for good on Mystery Land.



Lonsdale youth regularly arranged in the media. Extreme right-wing ideas. Real gabbers did not feel like it and Lonsdale was less and less worn. The normal clothes and especially the Aussie's came back again.



During the real hardcore celebrations Evangelists regularly tried to protect visitors from the evil that is within the walls of the dark hardcore halls with the "To House" bus. A parody of this, the Thunderdome bus with the text "To the Klote" went in the den of faith gurus to preach the hardcore music they had no knowledge of ...



On 15 December, Thunderdome celebrates its 15-year jubilee at the RAI in Amsterdam. The three rooms were divided into Future (future) Present (present) and Pas (past), so that the different generations of hardcore could be heard.




Hardcore meets Hardstyle


Many hardcore DJs produce hardstyle because this genre is commercial. This creates a genre between hardstyle and hardcore, namely the RAW Hardstyle.Previously, these musical styles could not be together, but slowly changed.



Hardcore makes way for his little nephew hardstyle at Dominator 2010 in Eersel.RAW Hardstyle! The hardstyle with a rawer sound.

In this year, Master of Hardcore also celebrated its 15th anniversary.