Welcome to The Foxgrove, where we believe that everyone has the potential to create music. On the one-year anniversary of our founding, meet our latest class of newly minted electronic music makers.
Janine Perry is a cultural strategist at an advertising agency. She hails from a small town on the Jersey Shore and lives in Morningside Heights.
What’s your relationship to music?
I was in an all-female a capella group in college. It helped me develop an ear for composition—how to build chords, what different intervals are… The nature of a capella is that you can do it anywhere, anytime, with anyone who knows the song.
How was your class at The Foxgrove?
Our team took the Electronic Music production class as a group training. It was apparent that the teacher Ben had music chops, and not just as a DJ. Cool to know that he has experience with music in different settings. He was also really personable and good at explaining things.
What was most rewarding about the class?
Being able to make connections to the work I do every day… I learned a lot about myself as a professional and thinker. As a strategist, I’m always thinking. I also loved the opportunity to focus on a creative pursuit. Throughout school, you have opportunities to focus on being creative. As an adult, you lose that. And there’s a stupid cell phone distracting you during your free time. It’s nice to check out and leave your life at the door during the class. Nice to focus on something and create.
Who/what inspires you?
I travel frequently to Central and South America. Nice seeing the craftsmanship among people who live there, seeing jewelry and baskets created. You see all the work that they do. It’s so beautiful… Dedication to creating something beautiful inspires me.
Both of my parents spent a lot of time backpacking through Mexico and Guatemala. I was
raised with that. We’re very adventurous. I’ve been dying to go to Southeast Asia before too many tourists go there. I’m excited to take 6 months off and dive into that world.
Any future musical plans?
I have music playing in my head all the time. It’s a constant IV drip. My boyfriend is a talented musician. We have a running list of covers that we want to do together. I sing walking on the streets of New York. I don’t see that ever ending.
Tell us a fun fact about you.
I’m known by a different name in Germany. I’m a dual citizen. I took my mother’s name in Germany through bureaucratic mixup. My “get out of jail free card.”
Get in touch with your inner creativity, join the new breed of music-makers by taking a class with us at The Foxgrove.
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