Beyond the metal business
Where are the new, rising up and coming artists in hard rock and metal? Why are the oldies playing every festival re-releasing old material, doing farewell tours and re-union shows? What is the future of new festivals popping up and how do you stand out and survive long term? And if you are a band, an artist, a label, a festival etc; have you ever ordered a bulk of merch, vinyl or similar only to sell half of it and then be stuck with the rest? Will Print on demand be the new solution and what is it exactly?
We have gathered a bouquet of highly competent candidates to discuss the future of music business on these topical themes and more.
Time: 24th of August, 14:00- 15:30
Michael Berberian: founder and owner of the legendary Season of Mist – leading French independent label for all Metal music. Since 1996, this label has followed its path and has worked with such great artists as Abbath, Mayhem, Rotting Christ, Gaahls Wyrd, Heilung, Sólstafir, Drudkh and dozens of others.
Simon Füllemann; CEO/Founder/Owner at By Norse and All Independent Service Alliance – AISA (Mgmt, Distribution, Label Services, D2C solutions) working with bands as Wardruna, Enslaved among others. Has been part of the music industry and been an active musician for more than 30 years. To mention some of his A&R at Metal Blade including export, distribution and marketing, managing, consulting and teaching in the industry. Has also lived and worked in Norway and is an expert on the Norwegian export market.
Walter Hoeijmakers; founder, promotor and artistic director of highly regarded Roadburn festival (The Netherlands). The festival was established in 1999 and is known for its high standards, including atmosphere and for being completely sold out on an early basis every year, even before the line up has been revealed.
Luc Favié; agent and runs Doomstar booking, a Dutch booking agency together with Luuk van Gestel. Doomstar Bookings (founded 2009) books shows and tours through all of Europe and in some cases even beyond, for all sorts of folk (extreme) rock, metal, hardcore, punk, roots and affiliated styles. Over time the band roster and booking team have grown a lot and continue to do so each passing year. The company is now ran from an office in Eindhoven and has a number of freelance agents operating under this flag, working for 100+ international artists. Luc Favie is the agent for the following bands: Heilung, Mayhem, Abbath, Igorrr, Wolves In The Throne Room, Gaahls Wyrd, Faun, Tribulation and many more.
Gunnar Sauermann (moderator) has been in the music scene for more than 20 years working as a highly renowned journalist in several of Europe’s metal magazines, including German Metal Hammer. Has also been promoter for one of Europe’s biggest metal labels, Season of Mist, and is now promoter for the biggest heavy metal festival in the world, Wacken Metal Open Air.