Dr Simon Barber researches, writes and lectures about popular music, the music industries, digital culture and jazz. As a member of the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research, Simon is particularly interested in songwriting, and the relationships between creative workers and industry. He has published in The European Journal of Cultural Studies, The Radio Journal, The Journal on the Art of Record Production and the Jazz Research Journal among others. Simon has worked with a number of external organisations and individuals within the cultural industries, including Pearson Education, The Scarborough Jazz Festival and British jazz label Edition Records. He attended the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts and holds a PhD from the University of Liverpool. In addition to being a member of editorial board of the jazz journal Epistrophy, and webmaster to the executive committee of IASPM UK and Ireland, Simon is also one half of the songwriting team Sodajerker and the producer and co-presenter of the popular iTunes podcast Sodajerker On Songwriting, which features interviews with some of the most successful songwriters in the world.