University of Dayton

University of Dayton - Metal and Cultural Impact Conference

November 2014

Keynote Speaker


Keynote Speaker

In the first-ever Metal and Cultural Impact conference, I was asked to provide a keynote speech and Q & A session on the business side of heavy metal music

The Event:
MACI is a three-day scholarly conference that looks to examine Metal music’s role in society in in the 21st century. The conference invites scholars and individuals not involved in Metal scholarship to explore broadening and academically diverse field of study. Attendees will have ample opportunities to meet and talk to the presenters and keynote speakers throughout the three days of the event. The University of Dayton Department of English, the Graul Chair in Arts and Languages, and the International Society of Metal Music Studies are the primary sponsors of the conference.

Located in the Sears Recital Hall, located on the first floor of the Jesse Philips Humanities Center, my lecture and Q&A session focused on the following topics:

• Heavy Metal’s history and why humans take things to extremes
• The current state of the heavy metal music industry
• Society’s view of heavy metal fans vs. reality
• The future of heavy metal as a true global force


“Josh Bernstein concluded the Metal and Cultural Impact Conference with his keynote address, and he certainly didn’t disappoint.  He took the attendees through his career, both the ups and downs, and in the process shared quite a bit about who he is as a person and someone who has a huge stake in the music industry.  His sense of humor and his willingness to be self-deprecating enhanced his presentation and he clearly has a knack for presenting and working in front of groups of people. His presentation was one of the best at the conference.”

Bryan Bardine, University of Dayton Professor

We have been lucky enough to work with Josh Bernstein on several occasions over the years, and we can assure you, he’s as informed and insightful as anyone working in the metal world today.”
Axl Rosenberg,