My name is JP Pfertner. I create music, designs, and videos in Austin, TX.
I was born in 1980. I started making music at 15, then spent 10 years learning how not to write a song. During that pretty terrible stretch of songwriting, I also learned a lot of wrong ways to record music using cassette 4 track and 8 track recorders. I spent hours and days and weeks and months and years sitting in my bedroom pouring my brain and creative energy into cassette tapes... making rock songs, casiotone orchestra movie soundtracks, weird tape loops, and loud feedback.
Then I started getting into designing covers for the music projects i was creating. Some were hand drawn and others were made using cheap Photoshop style programs on my smoking 1997 Gateway PC.
During that time I took music classes at Austin Community College and started working at a TV station doing production work including directing, technical directing, audio, master control, and camera operation.
By 2005 I had finally started to get my own songwriting voice so I started a band with my friends called Built By Snow. Over the course of 5 years we played hundreds of shows, released two albums, toured and played festivals. We also managed to get songs licensed to companies including Google and Cartoon Network.
In 2010 I shifted my focus even more heavily on art, design, and video production while still continuing to produce music in my bedroom. I began creating show posters for Austin music venues, bands, and promoters. I also made music videos, and album art for music that I was recording.
In 2013 I started working for a software company creating marketing and social media content including video production, animation, graphic design, photography, songwriting, and sound design.
That brings us to today. I am now Manager of the video team at the software company, while my night job is creating music, art, and videos in my bedroom.