The upcoming 14th annual EMP Pop Conference is shaping up to be a jam-packed four days “bringing academics, critics, musicians, and dedicated fans into a collective conversation.” The free conference is open to the public, April 14-17 at the Experience Music Project in Seattle, and will include intriguing panels such as “The Racial Publics of Siouxsie Sioux” and a talk on “Good Bad Singing and Bad Good Singing.”
Notably, the “Noise Breeding Silence-Heavy Metal Voices” roundtable will be moderated, in part, by What Are You Doing Here?: A Black Woman’s Life and Liberation in Heavy Metal author Laina Dawes. Her discussion, at 10:45 a.m. on Friday, April 15, will probe whether metal’s various subgenres all draw on the same underlying voice, while asking “what can we learn from participants who occupy non-dominant positions [in metal] relative to core constituencies?”
Joining Laina Dawes will be multiple academics from Smith College, Indiana University, and Columbia University, PLUS Kat Katz of Agoraphobic Nosebleed. The event will surely prove to be thought-provoking and insightful, while bringing a metal point-of-view straight from the heart.