Bio

Welcome!stevengamble

I’m a researcher of popular music based in Brighton, UK. I am currently Head of Academic Studies at BIMM Brighton. Earlier in 2018, I completed my PhD (funded by the AHRC consortium TECHNE) at Kingston University London.

My interest in studying popular music emerged during the course of my undergraduate degree at the University of Surrey. I gained a first and was awarded the Dean’s prize for the best overall performance in the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences. My undergraduate dissertation on metal music analysis, supervised by Prof. Allan Moore, won the Shoana M Mackay dissertation prize. I gained a distinction in my Master’s in Musicology at the University of Oxford. My PhD, supervised by Prof. Allan Moore and Prof. Isabella van Elferen, investigates empowerment in postmillennial rap and metal music listening. I have been fortunate to speak internationally on my research, and have several forthcoming publications, listed on the Research page.

I work predominantly on post-1990 metal, hip-hop, and rock music. Much of my scholarship to date has focused upon analytical, hermeneutic, and phenomenological methods. I am particularly interested in experiences of listening and fandom, recorded music (and music recording), music communities, music and the Internet, and musical meaning.

Alongside my academic research, I am active as a drummer, producer, and composer, mostly writing and recording metal and hip-hop music. I have undertaken commissioned soundtrack work for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and the British Institute of Posthuman Studies. I have had 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.