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Portland, OR based Guttstar (Güttstar) is by no means your traditional producer. Louie Armstrong once ushered the advice "learn everything there is, then throw it all away and just play." In an age where electronic music has shed the stylistic shackles of it's youth and all cultures have been made mutually tangible a sonic artist is emancipated to use all the world as their palette. Guttstar has done just that.

Artistic identity is without a doubt chiseled from the creative forces one has encountered. Starting with hip-hop, Guttstar was hooked on electronic beats from an early age. But it was once he went moved to Burlington, VT that he was exposed to the sheer energy of live music. The hyperactive rock and jazz scene of Burlington, VT was the epicenter of the jam band movement of the late nineties and the power of creative improvisation struck deep within Guttstar. Fusing the gridlocked world of electronic music with the emotion and unpredictability of live instrumentation seemed the natural challenge. Early pioneers like STS9 inspired Guttstar and within the live framework of Ableton he found the best medium to forge his new sound.

It was only time before he came across the growing electronic music scenes of the the west coast and the UK. The massive live appeal of Dubstep along with its versatile framework made it the perfect template for Guttstar to find ground in his own personal style and really bring forth a new sound that is deeply personal and excitingly accessible. The pure emotion of Bristol UK's signature Purple resonated deep and is reflected in his soaring leads. The psychedelic bass lines of west coast Glitch Hop and the compelling, forward rhythmic thrust of Breaks come together to form a unique sound that represents a producer at the forefront of a scene that idolizes music that is both physically and mentally stimulating.

Since premiering his Ableton Live set of original material in January 2010, the artist has shared the stage with a variety of national acts including: Lotus, Big Gigantic, 12th Planet, Gladkill, Sugarpill, Minnesota, and Mux Mool. Recently named by afromonk.com as one of the top 5 new producers in 2011, expect big things from this evolving artist in 2012.


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