The DJ heroes of EDM have millions of fans all over the world. But all those heroes are, in turn, fans of one man: Rutger Geerling aka RUDGR. The legendary photographer will release a 320-page, 2,5 kilogram coffee table book this October. Worldwide pre-order starts July 13th. For a limited time only, buyers will receive a signed copy.
The book, called 'This Is My Church', shows Geerling’s best work, accompanied by stories from the scene’s key figures. Martin Garrix, Tiësto, David Guetta, Hardwell, Carl Cox, W&W, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and many, many more have been interviewed to comment on the iconic pictures. For this special occasion, Armin van Buuren put down his headphones and picked up his pen to write an exclusive foreword. Finally EDM gets the document it deserves. Never before has the freedom, togetherness, music, love, energy, friendship and magic of its culture been captured so brilliantly.
Geerling has been photographing parties and festivals for two decades. Throughout the years he has transformed his skill of capturing parties to works of pure art. He was there at all the defining moments: from the Dutch underground scene in the 90s to the breakthrough of trance by Tiësto and Armin van Buuren. From the success of Tomorrowland, Ultra and Sensation to the crossing of EDM to the USA and from the emergence of new gods like Martin Garrix and Hardwell to the eventual global triumph of the leading musical style of the 21st century.
After such a successful career, nowadays Rutger leads the life of a superstar DJ himself. Flying back and forth between Holland, Argentina, Korea, South Africa, USA, India to name a few.
To keep the book at a reasonable price, it will not be sold in stores.
Available online only at:thisismychur.ch
Martin Garrix: ‘His pictures are never random. They tell the whole story. That makes him one of a kind’
Carl Cox: ‘What’s really unique and clever about his photography is that you don’t know that he’s there. He is like stealth. That’s what makes him great’
Dimitri Vegas: ‘He’s the only one we’d bring on tour with us. By far. Rutger is the best’
Hardwell: ‘He’s not your cliché photographer. The way he captures the emotion is pure, pure art.
Rutger is fully available for interviews.
Releasedate: October 14th (@ 2015 Amsterdam Dance Event. Rutger will be available for interviews during the event)
Photography: Rutger Geerling
Author: Pascal Vugts
Interviews: Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Nicky Romero, W&W, Chuckie, Steve Aoki, Ferry Corsten, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Duncan Stutterheim, Hardwell, Fedde Le Grand, Ibo Orgut (Q-Dance), Christophe van den Branden (Tomorrowland), Alan Hardenberg (Flying Dutch / Amsterdam Music Festival), Rotterdam Terror Corps and more to be announced.
Publishing: Mary Go Wild – Amsterdam
***STRICTLY AVAILABLE ONLINE – NO RETAIL***