Born in Bridgeport, CT December 28th 1984, Paul Pontillo (Sinergyst)was influenced by the hip hop industry from an early age. Growing up as the Hip Hop genre was building its empire. He began writing poetry at an early age for school projects and every essay that he completed had rhymes that supported a storyline. At the age of 14 he realized his passion and talents as he put them to use by writing songs. At the age of 16 along with his lifelong friend Daniel Dube (DJ Sensae) they began incorporating the written lyrics with instrumentals. Their first song created was “The High Life”. The songs they created were very catchy and fun which soon developed into something bigger. At the age of 18 Sinergyst purchased his first recording equipment at Sam Ash in New Haven, CT which consisted of a Korg D1200 and a microphone. This equipment allowed him to monitor and develop his vocal skills, conduct freestyle sessions, and network underground. All of these actions lead to the production of his first mix tape “The Struggle” in 2006. Completing “the struggle” mix tape proved to be a struggle within itself. Without any professional production equipment or marketing budget Sinergyst relied upon his own resources and network of affiliates. DJ Sensae designed the album artwork, Sinergyst devoted many hours at the computer burning each CD individually. The struggle depicted the story behind the man himself and was distributed locally using a street team which sold 2000+ copies After the creation of “the struggle” Sinergyst was very busy and hard at work. He met a wonderful girl, Ashley, and together they brought a beautiful little girl, Kiersten, into this world. Paul realized that as his intensity for music grew that he would have to brand his image. Simple being known by Paul was not going to cut it. He knew that he wanted to stand apart from the cliché antics and stand for something bigger. With this he thought about what he contributed with his musicality. The answer was simple as he realized with every word written and vocal spit he produced Synergy. Therefore Sinergyst was his name, and not one that he chose but one that has chosen him. With life moving fast and times getting tougher he said “All the more reason to step it up” (Sinergyst, 2009) as he developed the backbones to Fortified Records, LLC in 2009. With the help of the Daniel Dube, Chris Pristas, and Matt Mcguirk, the independent Record Label was born. Recording in the studio with his friends, working at the office, and performing at venues have transitioned him into a professional recording artist. Sinergyst and Fortified Records have been hard at work producing over 30 new songs. Some of these will make the cut for his upcoming album, one of which is “The New Chapter” (planned to be the album’s single). This hit single generated a spark and buzz on the street and various websites including Myspace, Facebook, Soundclick, Tweetmysong, and Reverbnation. Highest position in SoundClick charts: # 1188 (1,544,937 songs currently listed in HipHop). The buzz surrounding Sinergystis now becoming a roar! Adding to this, Sinergyst has performed multiple times at Toad’s place in New Haven, CT and is planning a show at Hula Hanks in Stamford, CT, and MGM Foxwoods in Mashantucket, CT. There is also a wide range of shows being planned for the near future.In 2010 we are hoping to achieve great recognition and build a fan base unlike no other. With the fresh new vocals and storylines behind the songs Sinergyst will have no problem joining the ranks of the hip hop industry.