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.
David Siegel is the director of surface imaging at Designtex, where he oversees the production of custom-printed textiles for architects and interior designers. He travels frequently between New York and Maine.
Describe your relationship to music.
I’ve always listened to a wide range of music. Growing up, my mother listened to disco at the dinner table. I listened to American bandstand, anything with a beat.
Now, I listen to Spotify, own record players, go on eBay to get sound systems—but mostly, I listen to hip-hop (the classics) and electronic dance music. I was in a band in college. Played violin, viola, guitar, and wrote original music. I got really into creating music. I have an eight year old and a newborn, so I try to carve out time to write by staying up late or using the long train rides between Maine and New York. I like how, with modern music-making, there’s lots of ways to get into it.
What brought you to The Foxgrove?
I was obsessed with Ableton for a while, and started looking into electronic music, devices, programs, apps, launchpads—doing lots of research and trying to understand it. Then I saw Ableton on Foxgrove’s Instagram, found them and took an Introduction to Electronic Music Production class.
Describe your experience at The Foxgrove.
I loved the whole customer experience, very professional and warm. When you get to the school, you have to go through this odd doorway, very NY. Inside, it’s a wonderful space. Even though there’s a bit of anxiety with strangers in the same room, and it feels a bit like a performance, it was very comfortable. I loved every minute of class—the history part is fantastic. I’ve been seeing Ableton for years, so it was great to finally get my hands on it.
Who/what’s your creative inspiration?
Jim Morrison from a writing standpoint. David Gilmore. Zero Seven. Wax Tailor.
What do you plan to do with music in the future?
I’m the kind of person who wrote poems in high school, but never published. Not a social media person, but find it interesting how easy you can self-publish your creations now. Maybe I’ll make some stuff, throw it up there, and see what happens.
What else do you love besides music?
My two daughters. I read lots of science, history—absolutely love them. Arts and museums, books, documentaries.
One fun fact about you.
Hardly about me, but my father went to high school with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Her nickname was Kiki.
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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