Gabber Modus OperandiID
Birthed from the experimental punk scene of Bali’s capital city, Gabber Modus Operandi took shape when Kasimyn Harem filled in last minute for an absent band member in friend Ican’s punk band. The result was fluid, genre-crossing anarchy - music that bridged noise and rave rhythms, inspired in equal parts by Chicago footwork, happy hardcore, and the the gamelan sounds which could be heard from the community centre next to their studio.
That sound coalesced in 2018’s PUXXXIMAXXX album, stuffed full of references to Balinese folklore and black magic, and 2019’s HOXXXYA LP perked up the ears of the Western music world as an 180bpm exploration of millennial Indonesians' relationship to digital culture.
For their first ever MUTEK, Gabber Modus Operandi bring their frantic, exuberant diasporic sound to Montreal, connecting the dots between the explosive energy of noise music with the syncopated rhythms of the rave world. Performing in homemade costumes with a DIY attitude that feels firmly planted in their punk days of past, Gabber Modus Operandi is a fever dream of percussive power, a shining example of what the future of Bali club culture could become.
Bali-based Kasimyn and Ican Harem filter the traditional Indonesian sounds of their neighbourhood through the unlimited kaleidoscopic possibilities of the internet era, creating rapid-fire frenetic tracks blending happy hardcore, Chicago footwork, and Balinese gamelan genre. Chaotic, rainbow-coloured rhythms and mind-bending percussive gymnastics ensue.
Hyper-charged duo Kasimyn and Ican Harem, who merge traditional Indonesian folk music with vigorous footwork, grindcore and gabber influences to create a frantic, exuberant diasporic sound.
Trance, gabber, grindcore, noise, happy hardcore
HOXXXYA - SVBKVLT (2019), PUXXXIMAXXX - Yes No Wave Music (2018)
Before Gabber Modus Operandi, Kasimyn was in a “black metal karaoke boy band”. Screaming overtop sounds created from an old Nokia, the project drew threats and jeers from the scene’s more conservative metalheads.