Views of German Producers on Teutonic Metal: Production Approaches and Generational Effects

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Labels that denote a cultural or regional characteristic are common in the metal music discourse. Based on interviews with five internationally renowned German metal producers, this chapter explores the views of these professionals on the ›Teutonic‹ metal label. It examines what it means to them and how it may influence their practices. The study concentrates on selected areas of production such as systematic recording approaches, choice of equipment and studio acoustics with a focus on generational effects, comparing three important producers from the early years of German metal with two younger producers of international standing. The findings suggest an incoherent use and multiple connotations of the ›Teutonic‹ metal label. While in the early years it was disparagingly used by foreign media and thus avoided by the German press and German artists, over time it has become a marker for a style of traditional heavy and thrash metal and a marketing term with which record labels and bands serve their own nostalgic longings and those of their fans. One of the veteran producers proudly considers himself a ›Teutonic‹ metal producer, an image on which his career is built, and another seasoned producer, although not convinced by stylistic labels, has benefitted from them throughout his career. Even though the younger producers acknowledge the achievements of the producers of the first wave of German metal, they believe that national and cultural characteristics are outdated in today’s global metal music industry. Since international, remote collaboration is the norm today and music is produced with a standard set of (often digital) tools, regionally or culturally associated sonic signatures are a phenomenon of the past for them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOne Nation Under a Groove
Subtitle of host publication»Nation« als Kategorie populärer Musik
EditorsRalf von Appen, Thorsten Hindrichs
ISBN (Electronic)9783839455814
ISBN (Print)9783837655810
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 3 Jul 2020

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NameBeiträge zur Popularmusikforschung

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    Herbst, J. (Accepted/In press). Views of German Producers on Teutonic Metal: Production Approaches and Generational Effects. In R. von Appen, & T. Hindrichs (Eds.), One Nation Under a Groove: »Nation« als Kategorie populärer Musik (Beiträge zur Popularmusikforschung; Vol. 46). Transcript.