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.
Stephen Rutterford is a British New Yorker, full-time creative director and self-described part-time ninja.
Describe your relationship to music.
I first knew I wanted to play drums watching UK TV show Top of the Pops in the early 80s. Post-punk band Adam and the Ants were playing “Kings of the Wild Frontier.” They had two drum kits on stage and I thought, yeah!
What brought you here?
I was actually looking for drum classes online and The Foxgrove came up. I thought it would be a great idea to learn drum programing so I could easily make music from my laptop and not have to book drum studios all the time.
What class(es) did you take?
Electronic music production levels 1, 2 & 3.
What was class like?
The environment was a creative, relaxed atmosphere in a beautifully designed loft space. I liked the unpretentious “music is for everyone” attitude of the place. Natalie, the founder, explained to me that Ableton is to music what Instagram is to photography. Ben Runyan, my instructor, was so enthusiastic, it was genuinely inspiring.
The class was “learning by doing.” At the end of the first session I had created my first music track. Sharing my work with the class was a rush of adrenaline, as it was a live performance. Booming loud speakers and a giant projected iTunes visualizer on the wall made for an instant music video. My experience was creatively exhilarating.
Who/what is your creative inspiration?
Wong Kar-wai, David Fincher, Michel Gondry, Darius Khondji, Christopher Doyle, Gmunk, Rick Owens, Zaha Hadid, Eric Helvie, Nicolas Alan Cope, Nick Knight, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Maurizio Cattelan and my two daughters.
What do you plan to do with music in the future?
I have no aspirations to work in the music business, but I see the music as adding another dimension to what I already create artistically. I’d like to hone the skills I’ve learned at the Foxgrove with my video work. The ability to create the whole package. Visual expressions of music and musical expressions of visuals.
Other loves besides music?
Coffee. I’m obsessed. I drank the entire NYTimes best coffee list for a dare.
One unknown fact about you?
I once ended up bowling with Kevin Spacey and Dennis Hopper at a Banksy party. The bowling pins were garden gnomes that you could smash up. Dennis won.
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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