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[When Copenhell Freezes Over Networking] Meet Aalto University, Helsinki

Asbjørn Hæstrup

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On January 30th, Copenhell freezes over as 6 up and coming Metal bands take the stage at VEGA. Besides witnessing the bands, you’ll get the chance to meet the key Metal industry people, who’ll be attending the networking event prior to the concerts. Over the next weeks, MXD will introduce you to some of the people, whom you’ll get to meet.

Name & company: Toni-Matti Karjalainen, Aalto University, School of Business, Helsinki

Tell us about your work: I conduct research, lecture, write, organise events, supervise, review stuff, and keep myself busy with various other academic and non-academic activities related to metal and rock music. I currently hold the position of Academy Research Fellow at Aalto University School of Business in Helsinki, from where I also recently got the title of Docent in the area of management of music and culture export.

My main research focus is on the trade of cultural narratives within the rock music industry and on the export of Finnish heavy metal in particular. I also organized the international academic research conference, Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices and Cultures, taking place in Helsinki in June 2015. This conference will be repeated in 2016, in a different format though, in close collaboration with the Tuska festival in Helsinki. And I  act as the Secretary of the International Society for Metal Music Studies (ISMMS) for 2015-2019. In addition to my work regarding music, I have done and managed a number of research projects ranging from design management to visual brand communication in different industries. Prior to my current post, I worked as Research Director of the multidisciplinary IDBM Program of Aalto University. I have the degrees of Doctor of Arts (Art and Design) and M.SC. (Economics), have published over one hundred articles in academic and popular domains, and have lectured at universities, schools and companies in various countries. More information: www.tonimattikarjalainen.info & www.modernheavymetal.net. Oh yes, and I’ve naturally been a serious heavy metal and rock music enthusiast myself for over 30 years now!

What bands do you work with? Not anyone in a commercial sense, but I’ve been “studying” numerous, particularly Finnish metal groups.

Do you work with any Danish artists? Nope, but I like many modern metal acts of yours, like The Interbeing, The Arcane Order and Anubis Gate

Who plays the meanest Metal shows these days? I’ve recently enjoyed the shows of Nightwish, Gojira, Opeth, Dream Theater, Katatonia, Steven Wilson and Insomnium, to name a few.

To learn more about When Copenhell Freezes Over and how to attend, read here

You can get an overview of some of the other industry delegates and get tips for working in the Metal business here

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