Brent Gutzeit is a visual artist, radio DJ, musician, label owner and instrument designer who lives in Milwaukee. After graduating from Western Michigan University in 1994 with a degree in sculpture, Gutzeit moved to Japan, where he formed TV Pow with Michael Hartman
(later joined by Todd Carter
to form current trio line-up). Gutzeit started the BOXmedia
label to release music from the growing Chicago improvised music scene as well as musicians from beyond Cook County. BOXmedia called it quits in 2004. A new label, Trust Lost
, was started by Gutzeit in 2006, releasing music from such artists as Astro, Spykes, and TV Pow. Trust Lost
ended in 2015. His third label was called simply Brent Gutzeit Archives (BGA
, now defunct) - the catalog includes limited edition CDr releases with Brent's own albums, live recordings, collaborations, etc. Gutzeit's current labelJMY
, started in 2015 and is currently releasing mostly Gutzeit related projects.
Gutzeit has created many homemade instruments, including a 20 string upright steel bass strung with piano wire.