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The Netherlands opens "School of Metal"

The Netherlands opens "School of Metal"
April 03, 2013, 08:54:09 AM
Google translation:

Rock City Institute's first coming school music education in the Netherlands started with 'Metal Factory, a specialized metal discipline. Since its inception in 2009, this vocational training Summa College (formerly ROC Eindhoven) successful in training young talent. Acts as Rochelle, Dirty Denims and Black Bone have known nationwide venues already know how to find. With the 'Metal Factory initiators believe Thijs Louis and Ivo Severijns a gap in the national music to fill.

"There is a large group of musicians in the Netherlands, which is purely on the music genre Metal and subsequent subgenres targets and because of the style bound playing techniques and musical ideas hardly find a place within the current pop music education. In addition, there is a clear demand from the professional market for this particular type of musicians. Indeed, the cash flows from the Metal scene are highly relevant to both the national and international music industry. "

Eindhoven ("Rock City") has historically been a cradle of the metal scene.
Thus, for example Dynamo years an internationally known festival.
Rock City Institute sees it as a unique opportunity to be the first and only training in the Netherlands, calculated in Dynamo, that as an organization 'talent of young people high on its agenda, this specific target group facilitation with MBO music.

The Metal Factory will serve as a new specialization for the three-year vocational training Artist Music start. The study his vocals, drums, guitar, bass and keyboards. The teaching team will consist of experienced professionals from the metal scene, such as Floor Jansen (ReVamp, Nightwish},
Stef Broks (Textures), Ruud Jolie (Within Temptation) and Johan van Stratum (Stream Of Passion).

On Saturday 20 April from 11:00 to 15:00 a special open day at Metal Factory in Dynamo, Catharinaplein 21, 5611 THE Eindhoven. Then then begins at 16.00 the second edition of the Courts Grind metal festival in the great hall.


At least the name Metal Factory is fitting since they will be teaching kids how to make money creating a cheap commercial product and calling it metal. It's not the "Metal Art Academy" you may have hoped it would be. It's not hipster central either, it's more like the Disney channel of cheesy goth rock and metalcore.

Re: The Netherlands opens "School of Metal"
April 03, 2013, 07:37:02 PM
Seems like this will do more harm than good....

Re: The Netherlands opens "School of Metal"
April 03, 2013, 09:40:44 PM
Commercial art is just another persistent oxymoron for undeserved stature. I've had to remind commercial art painters they aren't artists but yesteryear's dime a dozen graphics designers.

Re: The Netherlands opens "School of Metal"
April 04, 2013, 06:16:59 AM
There's nothing that a school like this can teach to a musician unless they are inexperienced/talentless musicians.

So Timmy the wannabe rockstar goes to their school. After their "education" and if he meets all the requirements for being a dumb rockstar he will be put in contact with the right agencies. A record deal follows complete with a deal about publicity in the form of TV appearances, video clips, kids movies, etc. Kinda like the people who win those "talent contests" on TV.

All the other kids are screwed of course, wasting their money on washed up B- and C-celebrities teaching them what they could have learned over the internet and by simply practicing. Classical musicians can hire themselves out to orchestras if they have the proper training but what is a random metal band gonna do with this education? You still end up following the same path as any other artist who's looking for big fame.

I could see a benefit for having formally educated producers of course, particularly in death metal. But there's a danger of having too polished production too, especially when producers are used to making a commercial product.

Comparing this to "Black Metal Symposia" I'm wondering why it's so hard to create a middle ground, something that focuses on both the art form and the commercial aspects. But then it would be "half commercial garbage, half pseudo-intellectual dreck" I guess. Makes me wonder if metal even belongs in schools other than in contemporary art history since atm metal's only hope is small local bands creating a new scene instead of new celebrities leeching on a bigger scene that's dead anyway.

Re: The Netherlands opens "School of Metal"
April 07, 2013, 07:24:04 PM
Seems like this will do more harm than good....

Yeah. What would be better: good music classes in schools. Kick out the bullies so music nerds can take over.