Oliver Seibt studied ethnomusicology, cultural anthropology and Japanese studies at the University of Cologne. After completing his studies with an M.A. thesis on the domestication of popular music in Japan he worked as a freelancer for the market research department of EMI Music Germany and as teaching assistant in ethnomusicology at the universities of Cologne and Berne.
His Ph.D. thesis entitled Der Sinn des Augenblicks: Überlegungen zu einer Musikwissenschaft des Alltäglichen («Reflections on a Musicology of the Everyday») was accepted by the University of Music and Drama Hannover and recently published by transcript. He is currently working as a post-doc researcher for the Cluster Asia and Europe in a Global Context at the University of Heidelberg on a project on the reasons for the unparalleled success of Japanese visual-kei in Europe.