ADIL Johan is a Research Fellow at the Institute for Ethnic Studies (KITA), The National University Malaysia (UKM). His research on popular music in the mass media intersects with issues of interculturalism, cosmopolitanism, intimacy, affect and gender, focus on the Malay world and Southeast Asia. He is author of Cosmopolitan Intimacies, a book on Independence-era Malay film music (NUS Press, 2018); was an invited Special Section Editor for the Journal of Intercultural Studies (2019); published a study on Malaysian popular music and social cohesion in Kajian Malaysia (2019); and is co-editor of Made in Nusantara: Studies in popular music (Routledge, 2021) 


KRINA Cayabyab received her BM in Choral Conducting and MM in Musicology from the University of the Philippines College of Music, where she serves as an assistant professor at the Department of Musicology. As a composer and arranger, her works include original compositions and sound design for theatre, dance, documentary films, and events including projects of Dulaang UP, NCCA, and for Cultural Center of the Philippine. Krina also performs with and arranges for the female vocal trio, Baihana. Her research interests include popular music and jazz studies in the Philippine context.


LARA Katrina T. Mendoza teaches at the Ateneo de Manila University where she is an assistant professor with the Development Studies program. She earned her AB Humanities and MA Literature degrees from Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU). She has an advanced Master’s degree (MaNaMa) in Cognitive and Functional Linguistics from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) in Belgium. She earned her PhD in Music from the University of the Philippines Diliman. Her research interests in the last several years have centred on popular music in the Philippines from the 1990s to the present, focusing on hip-hop music performance and battle rap. She is currently the lead proponent of the Salikha grant project, Ethnographies of Philippine Auditory Popular Cultures (EPAPC) which helped her produce and direct a documentary. She dreams of someday birthing a bachelors program in popular culture and development at her home university.


HUEYUEN Choong is a drummer and a lecturer at the Institute of Music, UCSI University. His research interest primarily revolves around the music-learning cultures of popular musicians, and his latest research examines this subject matter within the Malaysian context; specifically the examination of HPME and the disturbances that such modes of becoming popular musicians caused within the popular music-making cultures. He is the author of An Evolutionary Narrative of Popular Music Learning Cultures: A Case Study of the United Kingdom (2022), K-Pop in Malaysian Popular Music Education: Yea or Nay? (2022), as well as The Learning Experiences and Musical Proficiencies of Formal and Informal Popular Musicians in Malaysia (2022).