Jeff Gitelman

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Jeff "Gitty" Gitelman
Also known as Gitty
Born (1982-02-05) February 5, 1982 (age 36)
Origin Chișinău, Moldova
  • Record producer
  • Musician
  • Songwriter
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts

Jeff "Gitty" Gitelman (born February 5, 1982) is a record producer, musician, and songwriter from Chișinău, Moldova. He is known for his work with the band The Stepkids, which formed in 2010.[1] He is also known for his composition, production, and instrumentation for J.Cole, Chance the Rapper, Mac Miller, and Outasight.

Early life[edit]

Jeff Gitelman was born on February 5, 1982 in Soviet-ruled Moldavia. He and his family emigrated from Chișinău, Moldova in 1991 and moved to New Haven, Connecticut. His interest in music developed in his early childhood when he found a guitar in the a trash can and his father fixed it for him. He subsequently learned how to speak English through listening to and learning how to play Western music, notably The Beatles.[2]

Music career[edit]


Gitelman's music career began while attending Amity Regional High School. After graduating from Amity, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. His first professional job was recording and touring with Lauryn Hill,[3] which led to Gitelman being hired as a touring guitarist for Alicia Keys, as well as performances with Stevie Wonder, David Bowie, Chance the Rapper[4][5] and others.

The Stepkids[edit]

In 2010, Gitelman, along with Tim Walsh and Dan Edinberg formed The Stepkids, a psychedelic soul band. They released their debut self-titled album The Stepkids (album) in 2011 under Stones Throw Records.[6] The band toured and collaborated with Kimbra, Mayer Hawthorne, and Aloe Blacc.

Independent work and Production[edit]

Following his work with The Stepkids, Gitelman relocated to Los Angeles, California to focus on production. His guitar, production, composition, and writing is featured on J. Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive,[7] Donnie Trumpet's Surf,[8] Mac Miller's The Divine Feminine,[9] ASAP Ferg's Always Strive and Prosper,[10] as well as work with Dej Loaf, Kid Ink, Trey Songz, Rick Ross, and others.


Gitelman has worked in music education, serving on the Panel of Music Industry Advisors at the 2015 Grammy Camp in Los Angeles, and conducting lectures and seminars on composition, production, music business, and performance to young musicians throughout the USA. In 2005, Gitelman co-founded the American Roots Music program, an initiative to teach young adults grades one through twelve the history of American music through performance and lecture. In 2015, Gitelman was inducted into his alma mater Amity High School's hall of fame.[11]

In 2016, Gitelman founded the Duality School of Music, which will begin programming during the Fall 2017 semester at Amity High School in Woodbridge, Connecticut.[12]


With The Stepkids[edit]

  • The Stepkids (2011)
  • Direct To Disc - Stones Throw Records Live Album (2012)
  • Troubadour (2013)
  • Wanderers EP (2011)

Production, composition, & writing discography[edit]


Camila Cabello -- Camila
  • 02. "All These Years"
Chic - It's About Time


Trey Songz -- Tremaine the Album
  • 08. "She Lovin It"
Rick Ross -- Rather You Than Me
  • 10. "Scientology" (composition)


Mac MillerThe Divine Feminine
ASAP Ferg - Always Strive and Prosper
  • 01. "Rebirth"
  • 05. "Psycho"


Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment - Surf
  • 01. "Miracle"
  • 02. "Slip Slide"
  • 03. "Warm Enough"
  • 05. "Wanna Be Cool"
  • 10. "SmthnthtIwnt"
  • 11. "Go"
KarminLeo Rising
Logic - The Incredible True Story
  • 18. "The Incredible True Story"
Outasight - Big Trouble


Pharoahe Monch - PTSD
  • 16. "Eht Dnarg Noisulli"


Jennifer Hudson - I Remember Me
  • guitar


Alicia Keys - The Element of Freedom
  • guitar