The Lowdown

Selective Hearing began as a short series of articles in 2006. The music covered at the time was primarily North American/European pop and Hip-Hop and R&B music. Later that year content expanded to cover Japanese and Korean pop and various genres within electronic music.

We don’t pull any punches and we are highly opinionated when it comes to the content we cover. We aim to inform you in a direct, yet lighthearted and somewhat snarky manner with regularly updated commentaries, reviews, and podcasts.


The Staff

Anime Guy at Desk



Greg is the creator, administrator, editor, code monkey, overlord and general jack of all trades at Selective Hearing. He can be found lurking among the overseas Asian pop fandom and bumming around Japan every year for some reason or another.

Commander Riker


Administrator/Staff Writer

2nd in command, ToZ is Selective Hearing’s resident Urban music aficionado. He also has a keen interest in K-Pop, sneakers, Star Trek and long walks on the beach.

Tuxedo Mask


Staff Writer/Podcaster

Sports, WWE, J-Pop idols AKB48, H!P and Apple fanatic. He is also the nerd Ambassador for Extra Life Houston (the premier video game charity in Houston).

Grass Pokemon


Staff Writer/Podcaster

When not writing for Selective Hearing or being a stupid fangirl, she can be found devouring random finance nerd articles and chewing people out on Reddit.

Shocked Pikachu



Professional wrestling specialist, breeder of a multitude of Pokemon, karaoke god and wandering soul capturing moments with his camera.

Past Contributors

Mr. Sparkle


Designer by day, wota by blood. Sherrily tries to stay objective and rational about idols. Except during Hello!Pro concerts, where it’s just impossible to stay calm. Likes to keep things tasteful.

Mr. Sparkle


Steve is a contributor and resident music nerd for Selective Hearing, specializing in Japanese idol industry commentary and coverage.

A lifetime musician, film lover, journalist, video game fanatic, philosophy enthusiast, and idol aficionado. A dweller of the idol scene since the late 1990s, he loves to discuss industry trends and ideas, past or present.

Mr. Sparkle

Kelly-Mae Matt

A J-pop enthusiast, fan of music videos, and lover of film and writing, Kelly-Mae was Selective Hearing’s chika and mainstream idol nerd.

On the off-chance she isn’t tapping her feet to J-pop, there is a chance she will be drawing, watching film theory videos, fangirling over Harry Potter merch, or playing Pokemon.