Last week, I presented recent academic work at the IASPM Benelux Conference Music Theory and Practice in the Lowlands which was held at the InHolland University of Applied Sciences, Haarlem. My presentation, entitled ‘Christian musicians versus musical Christians: Combining rock and religion in Amsterdam’, examinded how young Christian musicians and producers in Amsterdam give meaning to religious rock music. I discussed why religion is such an interesting case to study, how such a phenemenon can be studied and what kind of results it generates. The results show how these Christians negotiate their identities in relation to American commercialism, Dutch Christian orthodoxy and the local secular indie scene. These insights also have value outside academia, as such negotiations are central to all identities and show how young people relate to their favourite media.