Berlin icon Gudrun Gut

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A musician, performance artist, DJ, radio host, club organizer, label owner and more, Gudrun Gut is also a feminist icon who has been at the forefront of forward-thinking music in Berlin for decades. After moving to the city in the ’70s to study visual communication at Hochschule der Künste, she cofounded Einstürzende Neubauten, a pioneering band of the German avant-garde and industrial scene. While Gut left shortly after Einstürzende Neubauten’s initial gigs, she went on to play in several more influential bands, including Mania D, a new wave group who imbued their music with elements of free jazz, all-female post-punk band Malaria! and the more synth-led Matador. In the ’90s, Gut founded two record labels, Moabit Music and Monika Enterprise, both of which exclusively release the work of female artists. After decades of collaborative work, Gut surprised listeners with her acclaimed 2007 debut, I Put a Record On, on which she made surprising forays into downtempo electronic music. Today, in addition to running her record labels and making new music, she is a host on Ocean Club Radio and works as an active member of the international female:pressure network. In this episode of Couch Wisdom recorded at the 2018 Red Bull Music Academy in Berlin, Gut reflected on musical life in the city before and after the fall of the Wall, why she prefers collectives over bands and how she feels more free now than ever.

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