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Photo by Raquel Diniz.

Hello. I’m an artist and writer specialising in adventurous music.

I mostly write for the Wire, but have also published pieces with the Quietus, Bandcamp Daily, The British Library and Louder Than War among others. I’ve written press releases for Dutch electronic label Artificial Dance and artist bios for Interstellar Funk and Valentina Magaletti.

I have produced radio programmes, mixes and experimental works for Resonance, Worldwide, The Barbican, Radiophrenia and New New World Radio.

As an artist, I’m interested in exploring ideas relating to sound. I’ve exhibited work in several London galleries like Dilston Grove, IKLECTIK, Divfuse and SPACE, and performed at festivals in the UK and abroad including Radio Revolten, Dronica and Splice. I’ve also done a few DJ gigs here and there, most notably at Cafe Oto.

From 2006-2020, I fronted a post-punk band called Sebastian Melmoth. We released several albums on underground tape labels OKVLT, Beläten, Must Die Records and MFZ, as well as a best of compilation LP with Artificial Dance. Since 2016, my partner Laura and I have been performing experimental sound pieces under the Mute Frequencies alias, releasing albums with MFZ and Flaming Pines in 2023.

I’m the co-founder and media manager of Bang Bang Drum School, a community arts project that provides drum classes for babies and toddlers, workshops for older children and private lessons to kids of all ages. We’ve conducted regular workshops in Hackney and Islington, as well as one off projects for Open House and Supernormal festivals.

My day job is at the crossroads of the music and tech industries. My previous roles included curating playlists for Google’s flagship streaming service YouTube Music as well as curating content for Meta’s social media platforms Facebook and Instagram. In addition to this, I’ve consulted Space Ape Games on their mobile music game Beatstar.

I am currently working as a community manager at Muse Group’s audio.com, a UGC streaming service developed by the same team as the FOSS audio editor Audacity.