Michael Tullberg is one of the longest-running and most respected electronic music photojournalists in North America. Beginning in 1996, Michael comprehensively covered the rave scene across the country, as well as around the world. His words and visually pyrotechnic pictures helped define the public face of the American rave scene during a time when the mainstream press was largely content to present the scene solely as a source of controversy.
Through the peak years of the rave scene in the 1990s and 2000s, Michael’s images, interviews and articles appeared domestically and abroad in the pages of magazines such as Rolling Stone, SPIN, URB, BPM Culture, Mixer, Insider, Mixmag, Q, Hybrid (Japan), Lotus, Sweater, and others—more than any other electronic music photojournalist of the period. During that era, he also shot album covers for several of the world’s major dance music DJs and artists, including icons like Carl Cox, Ferry Corsten and DJ Dan.
Michael is also the author of Dancefloor Thunderstorm: Land of the Free, Home of the Rave, the groundbreaking coffee table photo book about the rise of electronic music in North America. Containing hundreds of vintage photographs, DJ interviews, rave fliers and memorabilia, Dancefloor Thunderstorm has won praises from the likes of Mixmag, VICE, Buzzfeed, Insomniac.com, Paper, and more. The first book of its kind in the US, Dancefloor Thunderstorm is a tribute to the men and women who catapulted electronic music into the public eye, and who laid the groundwork for the dance-dominated pop and EDM that top today’s charts.
Today, Michael Tullberg photographs for Getty Images, contributing entertainment pictures from the red carpet, concerts and celebrity benefits. He is also the CEO of 5150 Publishing, a new independent book publishing house established to put out works devoted to electronic music and pop culture in general. He still shoots raves when he can find the time.