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Martin  James

Professor Martin James

Course Leader

School of Business, Law and Communications

023 8201 3488 ext. 3488 Room no. Jm228


Martin James is the Professor of Music Industries at Southampton Solent University.

Martin studied for his first degree at Nottingham Trent University where he was awarded a BA (Hons) Communication Studies. In 2005, Martin was awarded an MA Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Sunderland, where he also received a PhD in 2008. His doctoral thesis was called ‘Versioning Histories and Genres’, a commentary on his books 'State of Bass: Jungle – The Story So Far' (1997) and 'French Connections: From Discotheque to Discovery' (2002).

Prior to becoming a lecturer in 2004, Martin was an internationally published music critic who worked on the editorial teams of some of the UK’s leading music magazines. He also regularly contributed to almost every major music and lifestyle magazine, and numerous daily broadsheet newspapers. Martin has also written several globally published and critically acclaimed books about music, including biographies of The Prodigy and Dave Grohl.

Since 2009 Martin has coordinated Southampton Solent University’s associations with some of the UKs finest independent festivals including Bestival, Camp Bestival, Blissfields, Pulse, RookWood and Common People. Through these link-ups, students have been able to gain invaluable experience in various areas of music and media performance and production industries.

In 2009, Martin organised the University’s first music industries conference ‘Solent Music Industries Live Event’ (SMILE). Featuring some of the biggest names in the world of music sharing their knowledge with students. SMILEfest is now an annual student organised event that includes gigs, club nights, employability challenges, masterclasses, and workshops.

In 2014, he co-edited the ‘Music Journalism Special Edition’ of the peer-reviewed International Association for the Study of Popular Music (IASPM) journal.

In 2015, Martin launched IAMJREP (The International Association of Music Journalism Researchers, Educators and Practitioners), a collaborative venture with scholars throughout the world.

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