GUTTERSAINT IS TOM GARRETSON
FREELANCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FOR THE ARTS
CREATIVE AND PROFESSIONAL
With 40 years experience as an artist, artist manager, producer of live concerts and recordings,
writer, art photographer and more, my company GUTTERSAINT offers an exceptional and unorthodox approach to business.
No one else offers my international experience and expertise of a vast variety of artistic disciplines.
And my successful track record proves it.
GUTTERSAINT is a freelance creative management and production company focusing on music, the arts, and other artistic fields. With a background of documented successful projects led by industry veteran Tom Garretson, the company offers the following services:
"His demeanor has always been one of reason, understanding, support and kindness. Mr. Garretson completely understands the vulnerable nature of the artist, is always encouraging and these traits help to offer comfort and instill trust. He has always been an invaluable supporter, dedicated overseer, trusted friend. I highly recommend you consider him as a person of incredible knowledge and vast experience from whom you would benefit greatly from by welcoming into your collective."
-- Lydia Lunch, artist
"I wish every artist had management like you provide. Our lives would be much easier."
-- Yngve Næss, A&R Director, Universal Music
I started working at my first record company at the age of 18. They told me I was hired because I was the only applicant that didn't wear a suit but a leather jacket (those were the punk days)! I've seen both sides of the music industry, as artist and as a label manager for the major labels, and as producer and artist manager for highly successful acts. I've never been bound by genres or categories, and have always sought to deliver the highest quality results -- and have the track record to prove it.
Areas of Experience Specialty:
Artist Management • Music and Concert Production • Marketing and Promotion of cultural events • Contracting • Music Publishing • Music Licensing • Art Exhibitions • Art Photography • Film and TV Music Placement • Archive Sales for Artists • Art History Research • Copyright
Some artists I've worked professionally with are Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Lydia Lunch, Silje Nergaard, Shirley Horn, Arve Tellefsen, Richard Kern, Vladamir Ashkenazy, Sarah Brightman, Betty Carter, Morten Gunnar Larsen, Luciano Pavarotti, Shirley Bassey, Placido Domingo, Anne Grete Preus, and many, many others.
"He has arranged concert tours for me, which have always been perfectly carried out by him. Also, I have had a major benefit of his talents for negotiation in regards to my recording contract twith Sony Classical, in which he was primarily responsible for handling. I have only positive things to express about Tom Garretson, and I can warmly recommend him without reservation."
-- Arve Tellefsen, classical violinist
WHY "GUTTERSAINT" AND WHAT DOES THE LOGO MEAN?
The name "Guttersaint" is an honor and tribute to one of my favorite writers, Jean Genet. In my early 20's I read all of his works, and found it an epiphany in terms of aesthetic and poetic possibilities. The logo is a pan figure (no, NOT Satan), running towards the left, and represents a figure in constant movement and action -- energy in motion. The knife symbolizes my sharp wit, and the feather a soft-touch. His tail points towards the right, invoking a sense of balance both philosophically, politically, and in my approach to life.
"I played the demos that Tom Garretson produced for my new album to my manager. He said this might be the best work I've ever done."
-- Anne Grete Preus, Norwegian recording artist
WORK IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
I've worked as a label manager for PolyGram (Verve Jazz, Philips Classics) overseeing those labels and bringing them into profit for the first time in PolyGram Norway's history. I also ran Sony Classical and Columbia Jazz successfully for Sony Music, before being offered a position as Executive Producer with NGM to produce live concert events in theaters, halls, stadiums and in internatonal touring. This gave me the professional foundation and experience to create my own two management and production companies, WildStar World and Guttersaint. I've worked with so many successful acts and have had a direct hand in breaking sales records in both music industry product sales to concert ticket sales, that my work has received media attention itself -- most recently from my sale of Lydia Lunch's archives to New York University -- written about by world-wide media.
"I would have never had a career, not to mention two number one chart entries on the pop charts, if it hadn't have been for Tom. And I'm the only artist in Norway to have all my expenses covered. You should have Tom Garretson as your manager."
-- Silje Nergaard in conversation to artist Sondre Lerche
WORK IN THE ARTS
I've worked professionally and creatively for over twenty years with the artist Lydia Lunch, as well as recorded my own music and exhibited my own artworks. I've produced performance artists such as Diamanda Galas and Annie Sprinkle. My academic training includes a Master Degree in Art History and a BA in Musicology. My MA thesis focused on the influence of Berlin Cabaret on the visual arts, and how many of modernism's art movements were directly influenced by cabaret. I continue to exhibit my own artworks in Norway, the USA, and other countries.
SO...I'M CONFUSED...ARE YOU AN ARTIST OR A MANAGER OR WHAT?
I spent many years in conflict with myself, both working in the music and art industry as a professional and as an artist myself. Eventually I came to realize that the two were not diametrically opposed, and that my experience both as a creative indivual and as a professional was actually something incredibly rare and positive. In combining the two sides of my personality, I could provide other artists and musicians something truly unique -- drawing on my professional experience AND my creative side. And many of my clients recognised this and used this to their benefit. Indeed, this is why some of my clients want me to work with them. What I used to in my early youth see as a split package, I now see as a beneficial whole. Creative AND professional.