In the pulsating world of electronic dance music (EDM), there are countless DJ heroes mesmerizing millions of fans with their beats. But behind the scenes, capturing these magical moments, one man takes center stage: Rutger Geerling, better known as Rudgr.
Rudgr: the unseen hero of EDM
When you see the most iconic photos of EDM events come by, chances are you are looking at the work of Rudgr. His book "This My Church" is not just another photo collection. It is a time capsule, a tribute to the rich culture that is EDM.
The stories behind the images
What makes "This My Church" so special are the stories behind the photos. Greats like Martin Garrix, Tiësto, Hardwell and many others share their personal experiences and reflections. It feels like getting an exclusive backstage tour at the biggest EDM shows in the world.
From the underground to the big stages
Rudgr's photographic journey began in Holland's underground scene in the 1990s. He was there when trance music became big thanks to names like Tiësto and Armin van Buuren. He captured the growth of festivals such as Tomorrowland and Ultra. "This My Church" takes you from these early days to the global dominance of EDM.
A life among the stars
Although Rudgr can mostly be found behind the camera, he lives a life not unlike that of a superstar DJ. His work has taken him to all corners of the world, from South Korea to Argentina and from South Africa to the US.
An essential work for EDM enthusiasts
"This My Church" is more than a book. It is a love letter to EDM culture, a tribute to the freedom, community and passion this music embodies. For anyone who is part of this world, or just wants to understand its magic, this work is indispensable.
Author: Paul Vugts
Photographer: Rutger Geerling
Size: 238 x 312 x 30 mm
Size: 328 pages
Weight: 2320 grams