The Bali-based duo Gabber Modus Operandi is known for creating powerful fusions of club music and Indonesian tradition.
Inspired by the incredibly fast rhythms of the Indonesian folk tradition, the name is a pun on the seminal 1990s Yogyakarta new media art collective "Geber Modus Operandi," a really important movement in the development of underground media in Indonesia. "We don't consider ourselves Gabbers though, we simply push everything to 200 bpm. Our goal is to create orgasmic club music at 200bpm."
Formed by DJ Kasimyn and Ican Harem, two former punk musicians who began playing together almost casually, GMO's sound is best described as a cultural orgy, born of their shared obsession with footwork, jathilan, gabber, soundsystem culture, and Indonesian street-race.
Gabber Modus Operandi's love of energetic and intense sounds underlies their hyperactive and unprecedented production, which bridges the gap between obscure contemporary music and Indonesian tradition with exuberant digital sarcasm, straddling the sacred and the banal.