A classically-trained jazz virtuoso and national rock ‘n’ roll hero in Argentina, Guti was born in an exceptionally musical family, which included orchestra directors, saxophone players and pianists. 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 Jovenes Pordioseros were playing to 10,000 people from Thursday through Saturday.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 daywithout breaking a sweat. Since 2010 that he moved to Düsseldorf and created his stunning debut album “Patio de juegos” the Latin-Düsseldorfer is taking the world by storm, with fulminant live sets and appearances on labels such as Defected (with Luca Bacchetti) and Cadenza (with Cesar Merveille).
How important was it growing up amongst a creative and musical family for where you are today?
It was really special to have artists in the family. Genuinely super-inspiring. The Gutierrez family is full of talent!
Do you miss your times as rock ‘n’ roll super star?
I miss being young! Yeah they were definitely great times, I was twenty and I had a full life ahead but I don’t miss anything in life. Life keeps moving and so do I. I am happy to be here right now making music and creating.
I believe that Rock N’ Roll tour life is a bit different from what you’re experiencing right now as a DJ and producer. Is it better or worse? Which are the differences?
It is both better and worse. In a band you are a group of 10 guys, sometimes 20 with the entourage, touring and going wild. As a DJ it is mostly by yourself and with that it is good and bad. Now I have more space to make trouble on my own.
If you had to choose the worst aspect of your profession what would it be?
Being away from home all the time, but at the same time this is also amazing. You get to know so many different cultures and countries and therefore we as DJs are so lucky. But then you miss your family and it is almost impossible to have a relationship or a house. But then you can’t have everything, can you?
And the best one?
Getting paid for making music!?!
“Drawing up his own way” it already speaks for itself, but my question is: Have you ever cheated on your philosophy?
We are morphing all the time. Evolving, changing. Everything I’ve done or do is what I feel at that moment. I always do what I feel and what I think is best for me and my music.
To express yourself was always the point. Why is it so important to do that? What does it bring you?
It’s hard to explain. You have things inside things that you want to discover. It is a nice challenge every day. I just want to leave songs. Tell stories.
To what extent do your Latin American roots influence your music and the sound that you produce?
I guess everything is an influence, for me being from Latin America is a big mark in life and of course in my music. We have our background, our relationship with rhythm. It is a big continent with so many different influences.
How was living together with Seth Troxler and Ryan Crosson in the electronic music mecca Belrin? A special memory that stayed with you?
So many. Also was Shaun Reeves on that house. I’ve learnt a lot from all of them, and we have so much fun, we were really young and we did a lot of stupid things. I still remember Seth going down from the apartment to shop food in his robe. Classic
Why did you choose to relocate yourself in Barcelona? Does that city hold a special place in your heart or was it a pragmatic decision?
I’m in love with this city. I’ve always been. Even if a big part of my life is still in Germany I’ve decided that Barcelona is the city where I want to make music. I’ve built my studio here. A bit of both I think, here the sun is shining and everybody speaks Spanish! Germany was great but really cold. It was time for a change.
What were your dreams when you were a kid, and what are your dreams right now?
I am still full of dreams right now. I dream about songs, I dream about love and I dream to give a bright future to my family.
Bike or scooter?
Mountain bike… It’s dangerous because I crashed going down a hill in Barcelona yesterday, now I’m injured in bed. I guess it’s the risk that makes it appealing.
The best place to get records from is…
Friends! We exchange records all the time. I provide them with Jazz records mostly (I’ll never give up on that). Besides I always love to dig for records when I’m abroad and alone. I always try to find original records out of that particular country. I’ve bought some crazy records in Bangkok a few weeks a go.
Blond, brunette or ginger?
I do like everything that makes me crazy.