Language and music share a subtle dialogue with each other. The word represents our environment while the tune interprets it. Musicians mix these two together with each lyric jotted and note scored, but few have the unique relationship with song and sentence that Gzutek possesses. Fluent in Polish and English, Gzutek is not only bilingual in his day to day life but he also speaks two languages in hip hop: the dialects of rapper and producer.
Marginalised in the classroom, during the late 90’s the alienated Gzutek retreated into his creative outlet of scanning radio airwaves and recording sound bites from both ends of the AM & FM dials. Unbeknownst to the future emcee and beat-maker, he had begun collecting samples. His mother’s gift of a duel tape recorder meant Gzutek could transform all his accumulated sounds from numerous mixtapes into compilations. This was his initiation of arranging audio in a linear pattern. Piano lessons lead to guitar.
His production style later became a simple expansion of this musical coming of age. An odd ball to his peers, Gzutek embraced his minority persona and applied it to music, achieving peace by voicing his story through a conscious stream of honesty and addressing personal experiences, growth and setbacks.
Speaking English and Polish resulted in a unique eye for words and appreciation for meaning, which Gzutek adapted for his lyric writing and gave him a deeper understanding of the duality between music and language. Too familiar with the feeling of speaking unclearly, Gzutek spares his listener from losing themselves in translation as he did in his childhood.
With an ear for defined basslines, boom bap horns, wavy chords and rustic riffs, and an eye for heart on the sleeve confession with a humorous twist, one can hear in Gzutek’s music the influences of Outkast, Eminem, Cypress Hill, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Redman, Alice Cooper and DJ Premier. Not simply hip hop, Gzutek calls his style a “rebellious aesthetic of infused Grunge Hip Punk Hop”.