My name is JP Pfertner. That's not a super easy to remember or spell name, so I made up the name velcrowolf. I make music, pictures, and videos in my garage 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 stupid 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 terrible punk songs, casiotone orchestra movie soundtracks, weird tape loops, and loud feedback.
After high school started getting into designing covers for the music projects I was creating. Some were hand drawn and others were made using paint style programs on my explosive 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, sound mixing, commercial air switching, 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 a little, and played some festivals. We also somehow managed to get songs licensed to companies including Google and Cartoon Network.
In 2010 I shifted my focus even more heavily on design and video production while still continuing to make music in my bedroom. Soon I began creating show posters for Austin music venues, bands, and promoters. They weren’t all good… in fact looking back, a bunch of them were pretty dang bad. I got better though, and now I only occasionally make a bad poster for a band or club. Around that time I also began making music videos and album covers for the music that I was recording.
From 2011 - 2013 I released a couple albums and videos for a home recording project called Oh Look Out. I didn’t really promote the work I was doing… so most people never heard it. It is out there on streaming platforms though… so maybe people will find it someday? There were some decent songs and videos there.
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. This was a big step up from the TV station. It felt like graduating high school. I worked at that place for almost 15 years.
From 2014 - 2017 I focused pretty heavily on design and video work, creating logos, posters, promotional materials, and billboards for companies such as Float Fest, High Times Magazine, Austin Music Video Festival, and Pecan Street Festival. I was doing less and less bad creative work at this time and started to find my own style a bit.
In 2017 I jumped back into music, self recording two EPs under the name NO CARES (I’m not sure why I keep creating new names for my musical projects. This doesn’t make it easy for people to find the music I create). These albums aren’t too bad… but honestly I’m not sure they are all that great either. I could do better, but I’ve definitely done worse.
Today, I manage a team of video professionals at a software company during the day, and create music, posters, and videos at night.