who is he?



Born in Norbury in 1970, Fox was quite an unexceptional child. Drifting through school, his dreams were of either being a pop star or an airline pilot. He did OK in his O-Levels, then passed his Economics and Art A-Levels, though he failed Mathematics. Art school followed, where his final degree show consisted of a piece based around interviews with Take That from their video ‘Take That and Party’. Moving back to south London and into the small box-room of his parent’s house, he started researching his body with the help of an anatomy colouring-in book. In 1994, he travelled to Seattle to take part in a dance improvisation workshop. He loved being near water and mountains and stayed for a year. Returning to the UK, Fox took a job as a stage-door keeper at the Barbican Centre. There, inspired by a creative self-help book, he started writing in order to make the eight hour shift go a little quicker.

Fox has made five one-man shows. A Slackers Opera, a 15 minute collage of his songs, poems, drawings and a dance routine, was subsequently performed in the Pit at the Barbican Centre. Rebranding Mr God, featured a large drawing of Tom Cruise and some lights from Habitat, and was nominated by The Guardian for their Alternative Perrier Awards. Goodbye Seattle Coffee Company, was partly inspired by his love of the now-defunct coffee company and also a eulogy to ‘Maria’, his toast-loving ex-flatmate. New Spaces for Role Models, was a tribute to his childhood love of Gatwick Airport, as well as an exploration of his Jewishness. The Daily Telegraph described it as: ‘starved of the oxygen of excitement, my mind was on autopilot and I was, frankly, miles away’. You’ve Got to Love Dancing to Stick to It, a piece about a Summer spent at South London’s Brockwell Lido, followed.

In 2005, for BBC Radio 4, Fox created the four part series On a Lonely Planet, a ‘sort of travel programme’. A year later, Concrete Poetry, followed. Supposed to be six part celebration of modern architecture, it became more about his fractious relationship with another of his flat-mates, ‘Niall’.

For the last few years, Fox has been focussing on his songs about modern life. Having thrust a home-burnt CD into the hand of Jarvis Cocker as he passed through the Barbican’s stage door, he was absolutely thrilled when, a few months later, one got played on his BBC 6music programme. Several more songs have followed. In 2013, Fox performed a few of them at a night that Cocker curated. Encouraged by this, Fox ditched the free Garageband music making software which came with his Mac laptop and purchased Logic Pro. Having given up on the idea of being an airline pilot many years ago, he is still hoping that it isn’t too late to become a pop star.