Argentinian producer Guti is one of the most exciting and evolving artists electronic music has to offer. Best known for his groove-loaded take on house and techno that comes to life in his dynamic live set, Guti’s musical roots go deep. After years spent touring in Argentina with a well known rock band, Jovenes Pordioseros, Guti found himself drawn to the dancefloor. Whilst living in Germany, Guti made the acquaintance of Loco Dice and released his debut album Patio De Juegos on Desolat in 2011.
In the years since, Guti has ascended on an exponential trajectory as an in demand artist with a unique sound. Now, Guti is making a return to his South American roots with his latest album, The Year of the Conga, released on the 29thof March on the Martinez The Martinez Brothers’ Cuttin’ Headz imprint. The album is testament to Guti’s veteran status, showcasing his breadth of influences across 14 tracks, each rich with South American rhythm and percussive flair. Right in time for summer, Guti is currently touring his album globally. Amidst his packed schedule, Guti found time to chat with us at MEOKO. Read his interview below.
Hey Guti! Thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us at MEOKO, it’s a pleasure to have you!
Let’s start with you’re forthcoming album ‘ Year of the Conga’ on Cuttin Headz. Could you tell us a little about the inspiration behind the album?
The inspiration of the album is coming back to the dance floor. Is our rhythm. The Latino in me. It’s all the music I grew up listening to transformed in this electronic artist of a thousand battles that I am today. It’s something we always speak about with the Martinez Brothers and it is what we are. Our essence.
Listening to the album, it exudes that kind of well-considered sense of ‘sureness’ that only comes from an artist who has truly come into their own. Did it take you long to find your own identity as an artist?
Thing is I am many artists in one! I am the jazz musician. The underground producer that loves to go deep! I always wanna experiment but I am also the house guy that plays Latin rhythms and enjoys dancing and to make other people dance. I think I finally got in tune with all my sides and I can express myself.
How would you describe the evolution of your sound over time?
When I changed scene after all my years with rock bands I was thrilled with making people dance. Was addictive. Then I have some years experimenting. Now I’m back on the dance floor. Synthesizing everything. More direct. The message is more direct.
What is inspiring you at the moment?
All my inspiration comes from three parts. My life. My love. My issues. I am floating in an endless self discovery trip. And every music I do taps into that.
Aside from working in the studio, you’ve got a pretty packed touring schedule. How do you find balance?
Well I am pretty unbalanced! Been touring for 20 years! I do my best. Culture and sports. Hang out with my girl and my friends as much as I can. Go to museums. Different socio cultural activities that take me a bit out of my touring that makes me feel I have almost a normal life.
Having played across the globe, are there any particular scenes that attract you most?
I love to play in South America. I love Latin people and I love Asia. I’m doing this interview from Malaysia! In the end every scene has more in common than what you would think!
Looking ahead, you’re already set for a pretty stellar summer, with Off Week and Awakenings already announced and more to be confirmed. What’s your favourite part about playing big festivals?
Now I am on a mission. That is to present the album to as many people I can. That’s why I am on this world tour and I’ll pretty much do the whole world in the next couple of months. From Australia, to India, to Latin America, to Europe to the states and back. It’s a challenge to play the album in small clubs and big festivals. And I love it!
Coming from an incredibly diverse musical background, we have to ask, what do you listen to when you’re at home?
I listen to jazz and salsa. I have an obsession with Oscar Peterson and Hector Lavoe.
Wrapping things up, what does the future hold for you?
Life goes on. And I am already writing the next album. It’s from our band with Francesco Tristano “Another Paa,dise” and we are also launching a label together and preparing a big live show. We already played Mutek last year and it’s a project that really got me excited.
Interview with Guti by Lily Dalton