Before signing a major-label deal in 2010, Stephen Jerzak released emo-pop albums on his own dime, using social networking sites like MySpace to develop a large following of teenage fans. Growing up in La Crosse, Wisconsin, he began playing music as a preteen, teaching himself several instruments while tinkering around in his father’s home studio. He also learned how to use GarageBand, a computer software application that allows users to record their own music easily. Layering his acoustic guitar with beats created in GarageBand, Jerzak came up with the electro-acoustic sound that would eventually define his early recordings. Jerzak joined MySpace in November 2008 and started uploading his songs, quickly becoming one of the website’s most popular newcomers. Within a year’s time, he’d attracted enough attention to land an opening ...
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