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.
Natalia Ditto is a business development executive working in the PR industry. She loves music, travel and her dog.
What’s your relationship to music?
I’ve had a deeply personal relationship with music ever since I was a little kid in the Soviet Union. My dad used to play smuggled records from Finland. Led Zeppelin, Kraftwerk, Gypsy Kings, Julio Iglesias. He traded them for software codes.
My taste in music has always been eclectic, but it’s 2016 and everybody listens to everything. The evolution of music platforms and the access to things like Spotify [Discover Weekly] is incredible, Pandora, SoundCloud, etc. have really changed the landscape for discovery, so I don’t mourn the loss of “underground.” I love that algorithms give artists a louder voice, and we have platforms that encourage open ears.
What brought you to The Foxgrove?
I came to The Foxgrove to have a better understanding of how music is produced, to have a go at DJing in the age of no vinyl, and to just build a broader knowledge base about something that I love. So far, I’ve taken the music production class and two DJing sessions.
Tell us about your time at The Foxgrove.
Happy and productive. The staff is amazing, always helpful and encouraging. It’s a fantastic atmosphere, the space is well designed and the equipment and computers are pristine. The song selection is usually spot-on, and they accommodate special requests for my own music. It’s a place that’s easy to come back to. I learn something new every time.
Who/what’s your creative inspiration?
There isn’t a single source of inspiration for me, and I don’t have a natural inclination to actively seek that, but it’s definitely worth cultivating and I do believe that we are shaped by our combined life experiences and interactions with others. So, I am inspired by loads of people I know, places I’ve traveled, books that I’ve read, and of course, music that moves me.
Any future musical plans?
There’s no concrete plan for my “music career.” Maybe one day, I’ll produce a theme song for my dog.
What are your other loves, besides music?
There’s a lot to love. This year, I did a big trip to Iceland, Germany, Croatia, Bali and Australia. Seeing the world and experiencing other cultures is one of the best and most indescribable feelings.
Tell us something fun about you.
I’ve been saying that I’m going to get a tattoo for 15 years. Still hasn’t happened.
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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