The Changing Relationship Between Music Taste, Consumption and Class in the Streaming Age

Under Review

This article considers if and how music streaming services, such as Spotify, are shaping the part that music taste plays in the performance of class identities and the reproduction of class privilege. It demonstrates that music streaming services are undermining the potential for differences in both what andhow people consume music to serve as a source of class distinction.


Slow Music: Unpacking the Vinyl Revival in the Streaming Age

Under Review

In this article, I argue that the rate and scale at which music is mediated by music streaming services (e.g. through the creation of editorially-curated and personalised recommendations) is an important part of why we are witnessing a vinyl revival. Vinyl is a way to restore a sense of cultural ownership and (re)create the conditions to appreciate music for its own sake, an important part of how some people articulate their identities as music consumers.


(2019) Taste in the Platform Age: Music Streaming Services and New Forms of Class Distinction

Information, Communication & Society 0(0) (Online First)

In this article, I provide evidence about how music streaming services, such as Spotify, are creating opportunities to achieve social distinction both ‘on’ and ‘off’ platform. Examples of new forms of distinction include the practice of playlist curation and vinyl music consumption.


(2016) Towards A Theoretical Approach For Analysing Music Recommender Systems as Sociotechnical Cultural Intermediaries

Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Web Science, Hannover, Germany, May 23-25

In this article, I propose a theoretical approach for analysing music recommender systems as new kinds of cultural intermediaries that draws on the work of Pierre Bourdieu (1984) and Actor-Network Theory (ANT). This approach seeks to address the social consequences of recommender systems (a la Bourdieu) whilst attending to their sociomateriality (a la ANT).


(2016) The Production and Consumption of Music in the Digital Age

Information, Communication & Society 20(12): 1837-1838

In this article, I review an edited collection about the production and consumption of music in the digital age. I review a series of essays that examine the impact of digitalisation on various processes involved in bringing music to market, including recording studios, music journalism, and independent music production.