About

Jochen Gutsch is a Sydney-based composer, musician, artist and producer.

Jochen grew up in Germany, surrounded by classical music. As a child he enjoyed a formal trumpet education, which enabled him to play in symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles and solo concerts. He won several titles at the prestigious German Jugend Musiziert competitions. As a teenager, Jochen turned away from classical music, taught himself how to play guitar and turned to hardcore and noise music. 

The first show with his first band Feedback Recycling took place in 1988 at legendary punk venue UJZ Kornstrasse in Hannover, Germany. In the following years, Jochen was involved in the thriving DIY hardcore scene in Germany. His bands released albums and toured, often sharing bills with international acts such as Flipper, Melt-Banana!, Saccharine Trust, All, Helios Creed, The Notwist, Godflesh and many others. 

In the 1990s Jochen developed an interest in more experimental and electronic music. He moved from Germany to Australia and eventually started producing and performing under the name Hinterlandt. He experimented with electronics, glitches, improvisation, field recordings, and ambient soundscapes.

Following many solo albums and tours Jochen abandoned this tech-heavy approach in favour of a new focus on purely acoustic music. Since then he has notated music for an ensemble of classically trained musicians: his group Hinterlandt focuses on intricate string arrangements with trumpet, acoustic guitar, percussion and vocals.

In addition to Hinterlandt, Jochen satisfies his instinctive urge for high-energy post-punk in the trios No Mandate in Australia and Snob Club in Germany. In addition there are a multitude of collaborations and art projects.

Jochen sees beauty in diversity. His work is about the creation of organic and coherent arrangements based on a great variety of methods, instruments, and compositional concepts. Combining, merging and blending seemingly contrasting movements and sections, he applies a democratic, respectful and humble approach towards arrangements and instrumentation. 

Apart from musical influences, Jochen’s work is informed by landscapes, literature, travels, conversations, and stories in a broader sense. Audience members often compare live performances to a soundtrack without a film, and reviewers frequently refer to the narrative aspect of his music.

While Jochen maintains an uncompromising approach towards his art, he is easily approachable and displays a down-to-earth attitude as an artist.

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