Aus Finnland Metal Export Workshop

10.06.2015 – 10.06.2015

Aus Finnland Metal Export Workshop is a part of “Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices, and Cultures Conference” (MHM) and Music Finland’s “Aus Finnland” initiative. In addition to Conference Delegates, the participants include a large number of Finnish and German metal practitioners (managers, label reps, promoters, agents, artists, media) invited by Music Finland.                                                                

The Workshop consists of a joint panel discussion and three parallel roundtable discussions. In the panel, Finnish and German panel members share their personal views and experiences on the current state and future prospects of metal markets and cultures; the crucial aspects and practices that the artists and their management should be aware of. The particular focus will be on the German metal markets and on Finnish metal bands operating there.


15:00 Introduction

by Toni-Matti Karjalainen (MHM) and Riku Salomaa (MF)

15:10 Panel discussion

“Metal markets and cultures – review on current and future practices and challenges”

Moderated by Toni-Matti Karjalainen

  • Thomas Kreidner (Seaside Touring/ICS)
  • Achim Ostertag (Summer Breeze)
  • Thoresten Harm (Rodeostar)
  • Niels Andersen (Oktober Promotion)
  • Laura Niebling (RockHard magazine)
  • Jouni Markkanen (Grey Beard Concerts & Management, Tuska Open Air)
  • Tuomo Saikkonen (Sakara Records, Mokoma)
  • Esa Holopainen (Amorphis)
  • Markus Vanhala (Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum)

16:30 Coffee break

16:45 Roundtable discussions: “Metal export in practice – what should a band know and do to get a foothold in German metal markets?”

Group 1 (moderator Riku Salomaa):

  • Tuomo Saikkonen (Sakara Records)
  • Thoresten Harm (Rodeostar
  • Niels Andersen (Oktober Promotion)

Group 2 (moderator Kimi Kärki):

  • Esa Holopainen (Amorphis)
  • Jouni Markkanen (Grey Beard Concerts & Management, Tuska Open Air)
  • Achim Ostertag (Summer Breeze)

Group 3 (moderator Toni-Matti Karjalainen)

  • Markus Vanhala (Insomnium, Omnium Gatherum)
  • Laura Niebling (RockHard magazine)
  • Thomas Kreidner (Seaside Touring/ICS)

17:45 Wrap-up

18:30 End

Time and place

10.6.2015 at 15.00-18.30
Aalto University School of Business, Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki


Aalto University School of Business is hosting an international metal music research conference on 8–12 June. The conference, titled Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices and Cultures, is built around over 50 research presentations that all examine heavy metal and heavy rock music. The presenters cover multitude of science fields and nearly 30 countries. The presentations will provide a diverse view on research in the field. These include metal music industry and related business, and will address political and social aspects of metal music, cultural characteristics and issues related to gender, ethnicity and religion. Another focus will be on fan communities, visual culture, and the history of metal music. The programme will include the philosophy of music, structural analysis and research on lyrics and the sound world.

The event showcases appearances by many veterans of metal music, such as many-time Grammy nominee Scott Ian (USA), a founding member of the platinum record-winning band Anthrax, and guitarist Alex Skolnick (USA) from the band Testament. Music journalist and writer Martin Popoff (CAN) and heavy metal research legend Deena Weinstein (USA) will also speak at the conference. A workshop arranged in cooperation with Music Finland, will bring together Finnish and German metal players and documentary films will be shown at the conference.

A number of metal music concerts will be held in Helsinki in the evenings during the event week. Tuesday 9 June Four up-and-coming Finnish groups will take over the Bar Bäkkäri stage: Blind Channel, Bloodred Hourglass, Ranger and Shiraz Lane. Wednesday 10 June Battle Beast and Lost Society, both of which have already attracted international attention, will perform at Tavastia's Pre-Tuska Party.

Academy Research Fellow Toni-Matti Karjalainen from the School of Business is the creator and main organiser of the event. Aalto University's event partners include the University of Turku, University of Helsinki, Sibelius Academy, the Finnish Jazz & Pop Archive, and many music industry actors.

This event is the first official conference of the International Society for Metal Music Studies. In conjunction with the conference, the research papers will be compiled into a proceedings book that will be published in print and electronic format.

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