One of the most charming things Roadburn has to offer is one on one contact with artists and music experts. As most of us are exceptional music nerds, the side programme offers us something exciting every day.
Editor: Guido Segers / Photo’s: Justina Lukosiote
On Thursday, early in the afternoon, there is an exciting panel about ‘Doing it yourself’ (DIY), featuring Meredith Graves (Kickstarter), Cathy Pellow (Sargent House), Justine Jones (Holy Roar/Employed To Serve) and Shannon Void (Perfect World PR). Aspiring artists and musicians can ask advice, ask questions and butt heads with people who’ve seen and done it already by themselves.
Later that day, we join the Q&A session with Tom G. Warrior from Celtic Frost. It turns out to be quite a heavy meeting, particularly in the first 20 minutes. If you wander in after, it may seem like a jolly occasion, but hearing an artist describe himself as ‘burned out’ is heavy. But being able to ask the Swiss mastermind of Celtic Frost, Hellhammer and Triptykon about his music is an amazing chance for most fans.
Saturday starts off with a number of opportunities to meet your heroes again. Particularly Heilung draws a large crowd of enthusiastic fans who are eager to learn about their primordial inspirations. At the same time, the tabletop gaming event starts in the Pit Stop, but we’re picking the panel session on ‘Aesthetic Immersion’. Up-and-coming photographer Teddie Taylor, scene legend Ester Segarra, and Behemoth frontman and visual expert Adam ‘Nergal’ Darski take the stage with former Iron Fist and Terrorizer editor Louise Brown to discuss photography and on-stage visuals. Everyone can probably tell that this soon turned into the Nergal show as the singer shares his views on every aspect of the visual, but also actively engages the crowd.
Sunday offers the same chance for fans of Tomas Lindberg and a session with Andreas Kohl about releasing your own music.