Jeff Schroeder

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Jeff Schroeder
Background information
Birth nameJeffrey Kim Schroeder
Also known asThe Shredder
Born (1974-02-04) February 4, 1974 (age 50)
Los Angeles, California, United States
ArtistsThe Smashing Pumpkins, Night Dreamer
RoleGuitar, vocals, keyboards
Years active2007–2023
Other associated actsThe Lassie Foundation
The Violet Burning,
Glass Bow
WikipediaJeff Schroeder

Jeffrey Kim Schroeder (born February 4, 1974, Los Angeles, California) is a guitarist for the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins (initially replacing co-founder James Iha) in 2007. Schroeder is of Korean and German descent. On July 14, 2021, Schroeder released his debut single as a solo artist, "Haenim".

Initially replacing co-founder James Iha, Schroeder made his live debut with the Smashing Pumpkins on May 22, 2007, in Paris, France, as the band embarked on an extensive comeback tour in support of the album, Zeitgeist. Following the tour's completion, Schroeder became a core member of the band, and was described by Billy Corgan as a key collaborator on subsequent albums, Oceania (2012) and Monuments to an Elegy (2014). Following founding member James Iha's return in 2018, Schroeder remained in the band, ushering in a three-guitar line-up, before his official departure in October 2023.

In April 2024, he announced his new band Glass Bow with Vice Cooler, Andrea Wasse and Emily Retsas.

Early days and The Lassie Foundation[edit | edit source]

Schroeder started taking formal lessons on guitar playing from David Koval (Dakoda Motor Co. and Breakfast with Amy) at age twelve. When he was eighteen he joined the band The Violet Burning, only to become a guitarist and one of the founding members of a shoegazing band The Lassie Foundation from Southern California a few years later, who described their style as "pink noise pop". He played guitar on three full-length albums and toured with the band since 1996, before they went on hiatus in 2006. He has mentioned I Duel Sioux and Pacifico as his band's favorite albums; he had maximum creative time on the latter.

His other side project is The Beat Concerto with friend Eric Campuzano.

He joined the Smashing Pumpkins' touring lineup in 2007, but also recorded for the new Lassie Foundation album in late 2007 and early 2008.

The Smashing Pumpkins[edit | edit source]

On April 6, 2007, rock rumor webzine Buddyhead reported that Schroeder was the new guitarist for the Smashing Pumpkins, replacing James Iha in the new line-up. Schroeder toured with the band throughout 2007 and 2008 and appeared in the music videos for "Tarantula", "That's the Way (My Love Is)" and "G.L.O.W." In June 2010, Schroeder appeared in a live Internet stream playing on a demo with the band's current lineup.

Following the departure of Ginger Pooley in 2010, Schroeder remained the only member of the band besides Corgan still present from the 2007 revival show in Paris.[1] On April 17, 2010 Schroeder played the first show with the newest lineup of Smashing Pumpkins, which included Jimmy Chamberlin's replacement Mike Byrne on drums and The Electric Prunes bassist Mark Tulin.

In 2018, after performing and recording with The Smashing Pumpkins for over eleven years, Schroeder remained within the band's core line-up, alongside returning founding members James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin. Reflecting on the importance of this, Schroeder noted: "I personally had a pretty touchy moment for myself in that I was sitting there tuning my guitar [in the studio], and then I looked around and saw Billy, Jimmy, and James. And then I look through the window and see [producer] Rick Rubin, and I thought like, 'Wow. This is a really special moment.' To think that when I joined the band it was such a different scenario, that to even think twelve years later you'd be at this point, it was really unfathomable. So I really kind of took a second and took it in."[2]

Schroeder would remain in the band's reformed lineup for five years, in which time the band released CYR in 2020 and ATUM in 2023. On October 24, 2023, Schroeder announced his departure from the band via the band's social media "to explore a slightly different path".[3]

Influences[edit | edit source]

In a 2003 article, Schroeder cited Ace Frehley, Jeff Beck, Slash, Pete Townshend, Brad Laner, Lee Ranaldo, Thurston Moore, Tom Verlaine, Richard Lloyd, Carrie Brownstein, and J. Mascis as his most prominent guitar playing influences.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

When playing live with the band, Schroeder plays Gibson model guitars like the Les Paul, the SG and the ES-335; and Fender models like the Stratocaster, the Telecaster, and the Jazzmaster. He also uses Washburn Guitars live. Since 2010 he has used a Randall amp MTS system with custom preamp modules by Salvation Mods.

Discography[edit | edit source]

This list contains only works related to The Smashing Pumpkins and associated acts.

Solo releases

With The Smashing Pumpkins

With Night Dreamer

  • 2019 – Treasure
  • 2020 – Inner Oceans Volume 1

Other appearances

  • 2015 – "Christmas Time Is Here" by The Majestic High
  • 2022 – "Burning" by Child Seat
  • 2023 – "Places" by Livingmore; Schroeder is performs guitar and synth[4]

Production credits[edit | edit source]

Schroeder served as a co-producer during the Monuments era.

Year Album
2014 Monuments to an Elegy
2019 Treasure

Sessions[edit | edit source]

Session Artist Album(s)
March-April 2014 – Pumpkinland II The Smashing Pumpkins
May 2014 – The Village Recorder and Pumpkinland II The Smashing Pumpkins Monuments to an Elegy
June-July 2014 – Pumpkinland II The Smashing Pumpkins Monuments to an Elegy
September-October 2014 – Pumpkinland II The Smashing Pumpkins Day For Night

Videos[edit | edit source]

Yamaha Guitars Artist Profile

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "The Official Smashing Pumpkins Nexus". Archived from the original on May 24, 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  3. "Jeff Schroeder's Instagram". Retrieved 24 October 2023.