The MetalSucks Guide to SXSW 2014: The Metal Panels



Yesterday we posted our complete list of metal shows at SXSW 2014, and we’ll continue to update that as more show announcements roll in. Check out our list of metal films at the festival as well.

Today we share with you the full list of metal-related panels at this year’s conference. With more than a few familiar faces! Chuck and Godless from the MetalSucks Podcast and Grim Kim will all appear on panels this year, as will members of Melvins, Woe and Animals as Leaders, metal writers from Noisey and Pitchfork and the managers of Red Fang and Periphery.

If we’re missing anything, email us at news[at] with SXSW 2014 in the subject.

The Death of Music Podcasting Has Been Exaggerated
Thursday, March 13th, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Room 10A

Panelists: Chuck Loesch (MetalSucks Podcast / KROX / No Control Radio), Godless (The MetalSucks Podcast), Johnny Goudie

“Podcasting vets share strategies they’ve used in growing their audiences, the best way for musicians to get their music featured in this modern version of radio, and how musicians can use podcasting themselves to develop their relationship with their audience. Audience-growing strategies for podcasts are directly applicable to band promotion.”

Has Metal Lost Its Edge?
Thursday, March 13th, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Room 15

Panelists: Brandon Stosuy (Pitchfork), Chris Grigg (Woe), Emilie Friedlander (The Fader), Fred Pessaro (Noisey/VICE), “Grim” Kim Kelly (MetalSucks, every metal publication ever)

“Mainstream media outlets have begun acknowledging the existence of heavy metal, even in its more extreme forms. Some of them have even taken a shine to it,. Somewhere along the course of its forty-odd raucous years, heavy metal became…acceptable. Respectable, even. Whether it’s curiosity, novelty, or the simple realization that metal’s history, complexity, and global impact more than afford it a place at the cultural table, get to the bottom of how and why it’s happened, and what’s coming next.”

Heavy Metal Entrepreneurship – A Ph.D. Study
Thursday, March 13th, 5pm-6pm, Room 13AB

Panelists: Laura Laaksonen (Sunflower Entertainment Group)

“Most of the growth in Finnish music export originates from the success of Finnish metal music. Bands like Amorphis, Nightwish and Children of Bodom have been touring and selling records globally since late ’90s. These artist entrepreneurs develop and refine their product offering, they search for funding, distribution and partners in order to make a living doing what they love, as any entrepreneur does.”

From Riffs to Bits: James Williamson and Buzz Osborne
Friday, March 14th, 12:30pm-1:30pm, Room 12AB

Panelists: Buzz Osborne (Melvins), Jack Boulware (Litquake Literary Festival), James Williamson (The Stooges)

“Follow the rock-to-tech-to-rock journey of American composer, guitarist, producer and electronics engineer, James Williamson, contrasted with the enduring career of heavy music titan Buzz Osborne of the Melvins. Williamson cemented punk’s sound with The Stooges’ “Raw Power,” but his journey would lead to extensive work as a tech engineer and evangelist. Osborne absorbed punk’s legacy and has spent his entire career reinventing it sonically. Together, they’ll probe into punk’s past, muse on the present and provide varied perspectives on the future of music and technology. Part of the IEEE Technology for Humanity Series.”

Touring on a Budget
Friday, March 14th, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Ballroom E

Panelists: Mark Scribner (Piemonte & Liebhauser LLC), Laurel Stearns (Red Fang’s Manager), Josh Mihlek (Guitar tech for Killswitch Engage), Mike Mowery (Outerloop Management), Javier Reyes (Animals as Leaders)

“Touring is no longer simply a means to promote a record; it has now become the main source of income for most artists. Whether a band struggling to make ends meet on the road, or a career artist looking to maximize earnings, touring in a financially prudent manner is a must. The panel will explore ways to make money and avoid spending it when on tour.”

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