If you happen to have a passing knowledge of Argentinian rock music, you will be aware of Jóvenes Pordioseros, a hugely successful rock band in their native country. Former member and all-round Latin rock ‘n’ roll hero Guti has now taken an entirely different direction by turning his hand to electronic music, and his hypnotic, jazz-influenced house releases are easily finding their way into the record bags of dance music’s hottest property, Seth Troxler, and Desolat label head Loco Dice. Guti checked into the Gutter to tell us more about his new calling.

Your album ‘Patio de Juegos’ (translates as ‘Playground’) is out this month, how would you describe it?

As a big part of me; love and pain, melancholy and fun. It is the result of my journey to a new world, a whole new world, from my point of view. It is mixed emotions and songs from the heart. One friend told me the other day, you talk about music like you are healing the world but maybe you are just making it worse! So for me this album is a case of one of those two.

While you were making the album did you have in mind where you would like it to be played?

Every song is a different story, and also when songs get to the people, they start to have their own life, so who knows! Before I was making electronic music, I would hear the songs of my band whilst waiting for the doctor and also in clubs hanging out with friends. That’s the magic of music, albums take you somewhere, dreams, desires, imagination, that’s why we keep making and buying music.

After achieving success in Argentina with Jovenes Pordioseros, how has your crossover into house music been received?

Well, it was strange for my band. Imagine that electronic music is so small compared to rock there, they said “you´ve gone crazy!”. Now they are happy for me, and I am happy for them. We had the time of our lives together. I’ve just decided that you can have more than one musical chapter in your life. The electronic scene was really nice to me from the start, surprisingly for me I’ve got full support from the big DJs which has made me feel more confident about my music. To have [Loco] Dice, Marco [Carola] or Carl Cox playing your songs out every night helps to spread the word, and to have the respect from the artists is bigger than any number one you can get. With the electronic community it makes me happy to see people understand what I’m trying to convey. People are sweet, they understand the records and love the music. It is something different and a different way to make music, and they bought it, so I’m happy.

You’re also a classically trained jazz musician, are there other genres you would like to tackle?

I would love to make music for movies one day.

You come from a family of orchestra directors, pianists and saxophonists, was it always a given that you would end up in the music industry?

Not at all, it was not written that I was going to be a musician. I actually spent more time writing or painting than playing music until I was 14. Art was all around but I was too much of a bad boy to be a classical musician. Somehow fate decided that this was going to be my life.

You’re now based in Düsseldorf – where do you ultimately call home?

My home is here, Düsseldorf. You can’t live in the past, because it eats you up. I like to look forward. I know it sounds like a cliché. But I think when you go away from home, you need to be stronger to survive. The last years of my life have been crazy, my friends call me a gipsy, so now, after some years of peregrination, I love where I am.

What can we expect to hear from Guti live?

An honest guy who gives 110% every night, a performer, and some good music!

What are you up to next?

Many things are coming, but now it’s all about the album. I want people to enjoy it…for it to stop time for a bit, and to make them smile.

Patio de Juegos is out on 21st of March on Desolat.

Catch Guti live along with Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich at A Desolat Experience at Pulse on 16th April.

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