I’m a researcher of popular music based in Brighton, UK. In July 2018, I submitted my PhD in Music at Kingston University London, and I am starting as Head of Academic Studies at BIMM Brighton.
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 dissertation, supervised by Prof. Eric Clarke, focused on analysis and interpretation of virtual musical space. I began my PhD in October 2015, supervised by Prof. Allan Moore and Prof. Isabella van Elferen at Kingston. My thesis 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 research 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 studies, 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.