Ryan Groff, musician

Ryan Groff | ART/BTS

Champaign-based musician Ryan Groff shares his passion for big sounds, teaching music, and the magic that exists in Champaign-Urbana.


Performance footage courtesy of Urbana Basement (http://urbanabasement.com/).


Follow Ryan (and Elsinore) and see more of his work here:

Twitter: @ElsinoreMusic

Website: http://www.elsinoremusic.net/

>>> I GUESS I FIND IT STRANGE NOW LOOKING BACK THAT I DIDN’T REAL FIND MUSIC UNTIL I WAS 17.
BUT I TOOK TO IT REALLY QUICKLY AND REALIZED THAT IT WASN’T A CHOICE.
IT BECAME EVERYTHING THAT I WANTED TO DO.
I KNEW I WANTED TO BE A SONGWRITER, AND I KNEW I WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT MUSIC I WAS HEARING IN MY HEAD, ABOUT MUSIC I HEARD ON THE RADIO, ALBUMS I LOVED MY WHOLE LIFE.
I WANTED TO KNOW WHY THINGS WERE WHAT THEY WERE FROM MUSICAL STAND POINT. ELSINORE HAD FORMED IN 2004 AND HAD BEEN PLAYING AROUND WHILE THE THREE OF US WERE GETTING OUR MUSIC DEGREES. WE STARTED PLAYING IN CHAMPAIGN AFTER GETTING A GOOD FOLLOWING IN CHARLESTON.
MET A FEW FRIENDS WHO HELPED US GET SOME SHOWS LOCALLY AND KIND OF PLANT SOME SEEDS AND STARTED MAKING A NAME FOR OURSELF.
SO THAT JUST LED TO THE MOMENT WHEN I MOVED UP HERE TO CHAMPAIGN, AND I STARTED TEACHING MORE AND MORE PRIVATE LESSONS AND IT BECAME MORE SUSTAINABLE.
I DIDN’T HAVE TO WORK AS MANY HOURS AS A BARISTA. JUST
KEPT BALLOONING AND BALLOONING TO THE TIME IN 2011 WHERE I WAS ABLE TO YET GET ALL THE PIECES IN LINE AND START BUILDING THE STUDIO THAT I AM SITTING IN NOW,
PERENNIAL SOUND STUDIO WHICH IS NOW MY TEACHING AND RECORDING STUDIO.
POP MUSIC TO ME IS DEFINITELY REALLY IMPORTANT AND A BIG PART OF MY MUSICAL SOUL.
EVERYTHING THAT I WRITE I FEEL LIKE IS INSPIRED BY HAVING GROWN UP LISTENING TO THE BEATLES AND BEACH BOYS, AND EVEN NOW I THINK I DEFINITELY HAVE MY SHARE OF MORE ABSTRACT OR STRANGE OR LESSER KNOWN MUSICIANS OR BANDS IN MY ITUNES.
MY PROCESS NOW INVOLVES MY BAND MATES IN SUCH A GREAT WAY, AND I FEEL LIKE THIS ENTIRE NEW RECORD THAT WE ARE CREATING RIGHT NOW HAS BEEN MADE ALMOST COMPLETELY COLLABORATIVELY AND KIND OF IN THE MOMENT.
IF WE ARE BETTER SONGWRITERS AND MUSICIANS AND IF WE ARE WORKING TOGETHER IN MORE FLUID, EFFICIENT AND PROLIFIC WAY, THEN EVERY SONG WILL BE BETTER THAN THE SONG ON THE PREVIOUS RECORD.
I THINK KEEPING WITH THAT MOTIVATION AND HAVING THAT AS KIND OF THE MANTRA FOR WHOLE PROCESS IS A BIG PART OF IT.
THERE IS A MAGIC THAT LIVES HERE IN CHAMPAIGN-URBANA.
IT IS PART OF LIKE THE SOIL HERE.
IT IS PART OF THE WIRING, YOU KNOW, OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE, I THINK TO SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO ARE CHASING THEIR MUSICAL OR ARTISTIC DREAMS AND HOPES.
MY NAME IS RYAN GROFF.
I LIVE IN CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS.
I AM A PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN, TEACHER, AUDIO ENGINEER AND PRODUCER.