Since 2007, Jeff Schroeder has been both a touring and recording member of the critically acclaimed band, the Smashing Pumpkins. Growing up in Los Angeles, Jeff played in numerous bands, most notably, the Lassie Foundation. Between 1998 and 2004, Jeff recorded three albums and two EPs with the band. The sound of the Lassie Foundation can best be described as a melange of the British shoegaze movement with the vocal harmonies of the Beach Boys. From 2001 to 2007, he left the music industry to pursue a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.
In the fall of 2006, Jeff was introduced to Billy Corgan, who was in Los Angeles making the Smashing Pumpkin’s album, Zeitgeist (2007). By the spring of 2007, he was officially on board as a member of the newly reformed band and toured the world in support of Zeitgeist. In the summer of 2007, the band played a series of historic concerts at the Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco, California. These shows were captured on the concert DVD, If All Goes Wrong (2008). Beginning with the last two tracks recorded for the the Teargarden by Kaleidyscope project and continuing with Oceania (2012) and Monuments for an Elegy (2014), Jeff has become a staple member of the recording team.
In addition to his recent work with the Pumpkins, Jeff also produced an EP and a full-length album for the South Korean alternative band, Asian Chairshot. Jeff currently lives in Chicago and is studying jazz guitar with Scott Hesse. He is working on two musical projects: a soundtrack for a music documentary on the Champaign-Urbana, IL indie music scene and an EP of instrumental guitar music.