If there’s one thing certain about musical artist Stefan Pajaro-van de Stadt, it’s that he knows where he belongs and what path he wants to take. As a solo artist as well as a member of the hip-hop and R&B music collective GROUPCHAT, Stefan knows where he wants to be and what he wants to do. It’s exactly this decisiveness that has brought him to where he is in his music career.
Stefan is a singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, and producer based in Los Angeles. He comes from a family of musicians and has known music all his life. The artist is not afraid to step out of his comfort zone and has often made giant leaps of faith for the love of music. He received a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and, subsequently, an associate’s degree from the Los Angeles College of Music. He has been pursuing a music production and songwriting career and performing ever since.
Growing up, Stefan belonged to a nomadic family, moving from one place to another. Born in England, his parents would relocate the family to Maryland, Florida, then to Birmingham, Alabama. Although pursuing other professions, they were a musically-inclined couple drawn to classical music. At the age of four, Stefan would jumpstart his musical journey by learning to play the classical guitar. The budding artist would eventually go on to explore many more genres, including the blues, rock, singer-songwriter, R&B, and more.
“I started playing music after watching Marty McFly tear it up on stage with the electric guitar,” In time, he would begin joining garage bands as well as the high school jazz band. During these years, he was also learning to play the piano, drums, bass, and trumpet. This versatility came in helpful as the artist started writing indie, pop, rock, and R&B music.
Stefan Pajaro-van de Stadt took a short hiatus as he prepared for college. He then attended Washington University in St Louis, where he pursued a double degree in Psychology-Neuroscience-Philosophy (PNP) and Spanish. But during his years in college, he would meet a singer and songwriter who helped revive his love for music.
In his senior year, Stefan landed a job at Anheuser-Busch InBev and joined their global management training program. All the while, he would moonlight as a musician, playing music on his off-hours and further developing his craft and passion for music. Off the clock, Stefan spent as much time as he could writing songs, playing at shows, and networking with other musicians.
Since then, the music lover and creator has taken a full leap into music and looks to connect with more people and continue his creative ways of writing material that resonates with people and has a positive impact on their lives. As an artist, Stefan has a great affinity for learning and growth. He’s always searching for ways to improve his material and create masterpieces. In recent times, he and his peers at GROUPCHAT have released “Story,” a song that has been gaining popularity on various channels and streaming platforms.
In the future, the music producer and writer hopes to develop an extensive portfolio of tracks and work with more amazing artists and content creators. He aspires to contribute more to the music industry. While he takes life day to day, he hopes that music will remain a part of his narrative for a very long time.
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