Multi-talented muso plugged into a positive mindset

Musician Rudi Stadler PHOTO: Richard Springorum

BLUES guitarist and Solid Ground Church worship band member Rudi Stadler’s mission is to use his talents to inspire the youth, at the same time spreading the word of God.

The 31-year-old shipping agent at Wilhelmsen Ships Service has 18 years of music experience under the belt and has achieved a number of impressive milestones.

‘I grew up listening to a lot of blues and rock in our household which ignited my passion for music from a young age,’ said Stadler.

‘I used to mess around with my grandfather’s old guitar before my dad bought me my own, a Pearl River guitar which was my first love that I’ll never forget.

‘I taught myself to play and eventually joined a youth band and started with music ministry for the youth.’

After touring with the band, Stadler eventually hooked up with top class Afrikaans rock band Die Foute.

‘I achieved most of my dreams with this group, spreading the word of God at nightclubs and festivals, recording demos and filming music videos.’

The band broke up in 2012 and Stadler fell out of the music industry and broke away from the church.

‘I was meant to go to London to play music, but things did not pan out for me.’

In 2014 he got back into music and started attending Solid Ground Church, where he currently plays in the worship band.

‘I have grown so much in my music here and have learnt so much from worship leader Jakes Olivier.

‘I am currently writing songs and plan to bring out a CD in the near future along with a music video that tell the story of my walk with God.’

Stadler’s creativity stretches beyond music. He draws for a hobby and as freelancer has been doing weddings, automotive and wildlife photography for the past eight years.

One of his wedding photos from Darkwhite Creative was published in the SA Brides magazine last year and he draws cars for Car Magazine and, as well as for high-profile clients.

‘I got into photography through body boarding actually,’ he said with a smile. ‘I used to shoot body boarding and surfing action photos before my friends asked me to photograph their weddings.

‘I specialise in lifestyle photography utilising natural lighting and surroundings.

‘I did art at school and have drawn designs for major car manufacturers.’

His latest drawing was a futuristic VW Golf GTI.

Last year Rudi taught himself how to build guitars, which is a new thing he likes to do.

‘I just want to inspire the youth out there and let them know that one can teach yourself to play any musical instrument through practice, patience and commitment.


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Richard Springorum
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