From 2009 until 2014 he was creative director of the non-profit Weathervane Music, a organization dedicated to supporting independent musicians. He produced and directed the acclaimed documentary series Shaking Through—an intimate look at artists in the recording studio. He collaborated with indie rock luminaries such as Sufjan Stevens, Sharon Van Etten, The War on Drugs, Wilco, & Grizzly Bear—and earned praise from Pitchfork, Stereogum, NPRmusic, IFCnews and Boing Boing, as well as garnering a coveted Vimeo Staff Pick and a nomination for best original series at the 2012 Vimeo awards.
After leaving Weathervane Music he worked as a commercial director and editor for 2 years, working with national brands like Urban Outfitters, Twitter, and the Recording Academy/GRAMMYPro. In 2017, he decided to redouble his efforts to his community and became a founding member of Moving Philly Forward, a political action committee dedicated to increasing civic engagement in south-eastern Pennsylvania. He also began volunteering for criminal justice reform causes. It led him to produce, direct, and score Surrender, a powerful short film about a woman re-entering society after a lifetime of addiction and incarceration.
Still restless, English was named Artist in Residence for the 2016-17 academic year at the ExCITe Center at Drexel University, a multi-disciplinary center that explores the interplay between art and scientific research. Along with a team of engineers, he created a new musical instrument—Drumhenge—a wirelessly networked array of magnetically actuated drums. As a result of the project, he was named “Maker of the Year” by the 2017 Philadelphia Geek Awards.
In 2018, using technology developed at Drexel, English and engineering partner Jeff Gregorio will create the sound design and score for Frankenstein AI, an interactive installation premiering at the New Frontiers pavilion at the Sundance Film Festival.