Brent Gutzeit is a musician, label owner and instrument designer who lives in Chicago. 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). Brent previously met Hartman through Liminal
band in Kalamazoo, where they both used to play. After a return to the States and a move to Chicago, TV Pow toured Japan in 1997. 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. 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 has created many homemade instruments, including a 20 string upright steel bass strung with piano wire and a 3 string instrument strung with 100 foot piano wires.