Megarave – December 31st, 1998
Sometimes life plays its funny little tricks, that’s how I regot this photo. I started out my EDM career late 1995 as a photographer for Strobe Magazine which focussed on the booming hardhouse scene in the Netherlands, better known as Gabber and known for shaved heads and training suits. This scene basically evolved into the biggest post-war youth movement of this country, which peaked at around ’97/’98.
From working for this magazine I worked hard on building the empire now known as Rudgr.com ;-). Sadly enough I have only very few images from that period since it was still pre-digital and slides tend to get lost easily.
The roots for that famous Gabberscene were in a sportsvenue called “The Energiehal” in Rotterdam and last year a beautiful documentary came out on Vimeo “Hard voor de Hal” on the rise and fall (destruction) of this special place. Somehow though I managed to miss this incredible video until last week and, sadly, I had no photo archives from this place.
Only three days later a message found its way into my mailbox from a French producer/performer called DrMacabre. It took me a while but I remembered him from the days of the Energiehal. He had a photo-CD lying around with my photos on which I must have sent or given him 15 years ago. Since my website, which was printed on it, still worked he easily traced me here to this page.
He Wetransferred me the images (which are in a little know digital slide format called PCD) and to my huge surprise it contained two hands full of photos from the Energiehal, taken on the New Years Eve ’98. How about that!
Feel free to spread these around if you have good memories of this hardhouse temple.
WOW, a middle-finger on my website – a first! However, DrMacabre deserves to be here massively, Guillaume I owe you!!!!
Organizer George Ruseler from RIGE
Thank you George, Natasha, Gijs & Liane… you guys know why!