Rutger studied Modern Poetry and Cognitive Neuroscience at Stanford University, where he received his B.A. with Honors in 2012. He has also studied at Oxford University and Columbia University.
From 2013-2018, he was nominated for four San Diego Music Awards. Aside from fronting The Lulls, he is currently an associate editor at NBC SoundDiego and a communications associate at Exponential Creativity Ventures.