A fanatic record-collector, Matthew Ingram started blogging as WOEBOT in 2003. The cult blog featured in articles in The Guardian, Slate, FACT and The Wire. It resulted in him writing features and reviews for The Wire and a column for FACT. In this period Matthew co-founded the Dissensus forum with Mark "k-punk" Fisher and released critically-acclaimed music as WOEBOT. Matthew's research into music spread to a broad-spectrum investigation into studies in spirituality and health around the counterculture. This bore fruit in his well-received 2020 book Retreat: How the Counterculture Invented Wellness for Repeater Publishers.