A New Jersey native, Jeff Apruzzese got his start playing bass in jazz trios and punk rock bands around the Jersey Shore before studying music business/management at Berklee. He cofounded Passion Pit during his last semester, and after he graduated, the band signed with indie label French Kiss Records and moved to Columbia Records within a year.
During his tenure in Passion Pit, the band released three full-length records, one of which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard charts, and toured around the world, headlining iconic venues such as Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl, and appearing on Saturday Night Live, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. After spending nearly eight years on the road, he was ready for a change, and became a publicist at Girlie Action Media in New York City, before taking on a new role with the Berklee Popular Music Institute.