About

stevengamble

I’m a researcher of popular music based in Brighton, UK. I am currently the Head of Academic Studies at BIMM Institute, Brighton.

My research focuses upon experiences of listening and fandom, including recorded music (and music recording), music and the Internet, and music communities. I’ve produced work on a range of topics including virtual space in recorded music, Kendrick Lamar, and the communal experience of metalcore breakdowns. There’s a full list of my publications (inc. forthcoming) on the Research page.

My passion for studying popular music emerged during the course of my undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey. I was awarded the Dean’s prize for the best overall performance in the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences, and my undergraduate dissertation on metal music analysis won the Shoana M Mackay dissertation prize. I gained a distinction in my Master’s in Musicology at the University of Oxford. My PhD was funded by the AHRC consortium TECHNE and supervised by Prof. Allan Moore and Prof. Isabella van Elferen. My doctoral thesis investigates empowerment in postmillennial rap and metal music listening. I am currently writing a book on this topic to be published by Routledge.

Alongside my academic research, I am active as a drummer, producer, and composer. I have undertaken commissioned soundtrack work for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and the British Institute of Posthuman Studies. I have composed a piece performed by trumpeter Byron Wallen and produced several independent releases as well as other artists’ work: there are a variety of tracks up on the Music page.