Guti is a classically trained jazz musician who spent years touring arenas and festivals around the world with one of Argentina’s most well-known rock bands, playing keyboards and piano. His emotive house records, however, are what caught the underground house and techno world by storm when he debuted in 2008; records that double as forays into progressive jazz with hypnotic grooves perfect for dancing. In an industry where most live sets are 60 - 90 minutes, Guti improvises for hours on end. We're thrilled to host the accomplished producer for this edition of Sunday Love.
Guti isn‘t your run-of-the-mill electronic artist. Rather, it‘s the Argentinian‘s deep-rooted love of jazz and rock that form the foundations of his musical craft. Although today he‘s best known for his work alongside Desolat, Defected and his own Rompecorazones imprint, there was a time when he was revered as the keyboard player in Jóvenes Pordioseros, a Buenos Aires-born band that enjoyed huge commercial success both home and abroad. Many in his position would have been content to live out the life of a rock star, but Guti harboured a bur- ning desire to explore new paths. Around 2007, he started experimenting with making house and techno, beginning a journey that would transform him into an established force on the global dance scene.Famously, it was Loco Dice and Desolat that gave Guti his big break. After licensing one of Guti‘s tracks for his NRK mix The Lab 01, the German DJ requested he send him some more music. All of what Guti sent Dice loved, and in 2008 Guti was invited to Europe to join team Desolat (tINI, Livio & Roby, Martin Buttrich). Without a moment‘s hesitation, he packed his bags and dived head- rst into his new life, playing live and supporting Dice at clubs and festivals the world over. He had been making house and techno for barely 12 months.In 2008 he settled in Berlin, where he shared a at with a young Seth Troxler and Ryan Crosson. Spending his weekends gigging hard and partying harder, Guti would use the week to work tirelessly at his production skills. It was here that he developed his passion for making music alongside others, putting out EPs with Dubshape (Crosstown Rebels), Ryan Crosson (Supplement Facts) and Shaun Reeves (Wolf + Lamb). From these sprang up Guti‘s rst hit records—“You‘ve Got Me,“ „Every Cow Has A Bird,“—catapulting him further onto the world stage. With his pro le steadily on the rise, he left for Düsseldorf to immerse himself further in the world of Desolat.The Düsseldorf years were the building blocks of Guti‘s artistry. His Desolat debut—the six-tracker Las Cosas Que No Se Tocan—dropped in 2009, followed in 2011 by his rst solo full-length, Patio de Juegos. The latter, put together in partnership with Loco Dice, offered the rst solid glimpse of Guti the musician; of Guti outside of the club realm. Something else changed, too. From that moment forward, Guti was no longer viewed as just a Desolat artist, but as a performer in his own right. His booking schedule blew up, including sets at near-on every party in Ibiza across the 2012 season. Around the same time, he put out a spate of high-pro le records on Saved, Crosstown Rebels and Carl Cox‘s Intec Digital. In 2013, he played even more shows on the White Isle, buoyed by his summer smash for Defected offshoot DFTD, „Hope.“ Of cially his second release for the UK label, it would cement a relationship that would set Guti up for the next stage in his career.That same year, 2013, Guti upped and moved to Barcelona, in search of warmer weather, a more relaxed vibe and a greater volume of Spanish speakers. Once settled, he set about building his dream recording studio, installing a raft of analogue synths, drum machines and, the pièce de résistance, a grand piano. It was here, sat at his piano looking out across Barcelona‘s picturesque skyline, that Guti set about sketching the ideas for Rompecorazones, his second, jazz-infused album. Backed by Defected, Guti ew over some of Buenos Aires‘ most talented session musicians, jamming and writing day and night until the LP was approaching completion. Knowing the album wasn‘t right for Desolat, he set up his own label, also called Rompecorazones, and released it that way. In May 2014, it hit the shelves to considerable critical acclaim.More than just an album, though, Rompecorazones was a statement of intent. Channelling that same restless energy that brought him to electronic music in 2006, Guti was keen to reconnect with his music-playing roots, away from the restraints and con nes of the four-to- the- oor pulse. The album was, in many ways, a bridge between the old Guti and the new, a gateway through which to engaged with this new chapter in his career. From here on in, the label will exclusively host Guti‘s home-listening excursions, whether they be forthcoming collaborations alongside Francesco Tristano and world-renowned French pianist Julien Quentin, or solo work. He wants to make music for other contexts, to widen the scope of possibilities for the future.That said, fans of his club tracks have nothing to fear: Guti hasn‘t lost sight of the dance oor. Eight years on from his debut performance at Sunday Adventure Club in Berlin, he remains as passionate about rocking crowds as ever. His exploration of new sounds and textures will breathe new life into his club output, furthering his reputation as one of dance music‘s most likeable, danceable and dynamic performers.Guti was born in an exceptionally musical, sprawling catholic family, which included orchestra directors, saxophone players and pianists. His grandfather and uncles emigrated from Russia after the war. His mother, an education consultant, is from Uruguay. On long hot summers in that neighbouring country, Guti would steal hours alone at the piano (first teaching himself how to play at the age of five) in a big house belonging to his uncle. Finally, some years later, the family accepted that he could really play — and at the age of 12 a friend of his mother gave him his first jazz shock by challenging him to match Oscar Peterson’s performance on the Night Train record.During the rule of the El Proceso military junta, Guti’s family fled to cities in Venezuela and Costa Rica: a story arching across Latin America, France and Russia. As a child he soaked up poems and novels by Borges and Vargas Llosa and his father would sing him Cuban songs. He is influenced by the folk music of Argentina, which he says is both incredibly intri- cate and perfectly simple.Guti loves adventures — the spark of discovery seems to be a driving force for him. In 2009 he bounced between Berlin, Athens and Paris, making tracks as he went. Although he plans to move to Düsseldorf in 2010 to hunker down in the studio to concentrate on the Guti techno and house project, it’s unlikely he’ll leave behind the spirit of the Latin America he knows. “I love Buenos Aires. It’s a huge city… a huge jungle. Really fast, really crazy, dirty, messy. But really creative: amazing musicians. That happens with all the poor countries. We don’t have money, so we play music. We write books.”As a teen, after getting into blues he began hanging with successful Argentine rock bands like the Black and Blues, Ratones Paranoicos, Viejas Locas and Los Piojos. “We were jamming, and I discovered that energy.” Before long, his own band Jove- nes Pordioseros were playing to 10,000 people from Thursday through Saturday.But it’s not in Guti’s nature to stay locked in one mode of music. He made time to study salsa from a Cuban teacher on the side, as well as studying jazz under various teachers including internationally-renowned pianist Ernesto Jodos.It was in the studio of Latin Grammy-nominated producer and friend Leandro Martinez that Guti began experimenting with making house beats and singing on top. And having grown up with music, it didn’t take long before he was banging out several tracks a day without breaking a sweat.A heartbeat later, he’d landed a hit with Damian Schwarz on Frankfurt label Raum…Musik, and the tune was licensed by Loco Dice for his compilation The Lab. Guti passed a handful more tracks in Loco Dice’s direction, and the die was cast. Guti’s electronic career began to ignite.Just two years after his first live sets in Europe, Desolat is proud to present Guti’s Las Cosas Que No Se Tocan. The beats follow Guti across continents: Mr Good Vibes was composed in a hotel room in Stuttgart after an argument with a friend, while the serious dancefloor vibes of Sasa, the Hustler and Leuuu were channelled in Martinez’ studio. Leuuu and the Hu- stler feature slices of glamorous, haunting vocals by Jason Walker, a British singer that Guti discovered on Myspace.And Sasa boasts Guti’s own vocal touches. Meanwhile, the track Aguanile is inspired by one of his favourite melodies as a child, one that he’s collected many versions of. The last track on the release, El Campeon, reaches a bittersweet ending in the wide open space between percussive trills and a cut-out refrain, inspired by Guti’s favourite Latin storylines of “broken hearts and pain”.