Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, video visionary/director, touring sideman, studio session man, band leader, gun for hire.
Gary Schutt, born and raised in Monticello, NY, son of a professional Catskills jazz drummer, started playing along to Bay City Roller's records on his fathers drum kit before his feet could reach the pedals.
Gary has basically been a one man solo artist since he was really young. Acquiring a cheap 4-track recorder and a slew of original tunes, he started recording & producing at age 15, writing, arranging and performing all the parts himself in his parents basement. Initially trained as a drummer, Gary quickly picked up guitar, bass and piano, and later singing.
Gary graduated and taught at the prestigious Berklee College Of Music and continued writing, recording, producing and performing there. Once establishing himself at Berklee, Gary participated in countless recitals, concerts and studio sessions. Although known as a confident guitarist on campus, Gary led a handful of recitals on vocals, played drums in a couple of shows, played bass for the popular local band IN THE PINK, and led his own original band PALISADE.
After graduating from Berklee, Gary started producing his own tapes of original music that he sold at numerous record stores around the Boston area.
Gary moved to Los Angeles in August of 1992 to join Jeff Scott Soto's (former vocalist for Yngwie Malmsteen) new band SLAM. Still continuing to write his own songs and self produce tapes, Gary now sold his tapes through mail order and his original song catalog grew close to 100 songs.
Locating to Florida after the 1994 Northridge earthquake, Gary joined West Palm Beach cover band SIGNAL ZERO. During this time Gary and Jeff Scott Soto released a CD in Japan and Europe of all Gary Schutt tunes called "Sentimetal". Every magazine that reviewed the 11 song CD had nothing but praise for the up and coming talent.
In 1999, Gary released his second solo CD "Playthings" on the Chicago based Pulse Records label. Gary produced, wrote and performed everything on the entire album. Yes, for the first time we get to experience Gary as a singer! And thus started the launch of Gary's solo career, with over 10 item to date in 2013.
In 2017 Gary started a new band project called PANIC FIRE, a re-branding of his original music.
In June of 1992, Gary was featured in the "Spotlight" column of Guitar Player Magazine.
In June of 1993, Gary showed up in Guitar for the Practicing Musician Magazine's "Resume" column.
In 2000, Gary performed "Live Wire" as a medley on the Motley Crue tribute CD "Kickstar My Heart" on Pulse Records.
In 2008 Gary performed the track "Carry Me Away" on a Rick Springfield tribute CD "Workign Class Dogs" on Fast Lane Records.
On 11/13/2010 Gary's 6 piece original band played the annual RIBFEST in St Pete FL opening for Rick Springfield and Grand Funk Railroad before 10,000 people!
Gary Schutt Band won the local round of the Hard Rock Rising 2012 global band competition, beating 12,000 bands worldwide to be one of the 86 GLOBAL finalist competing to play at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London. read more click here
On 9/27/2013 Gary performes solo as part of the Melodic Rock Fest 3, a three day weekend concert of big melodic rock act from all over the world including Eric Martin, Ted Poley, W.E.T., Eclipse, Heaven And Earth, Harem Scarem and Steve Augeri.
Since 2001, Gary has done numerous world tours as bassist for Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Queen Extravaganza). Gary has performed with Jeff's band in Spain, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Belgium, England, Ireland, U.S., Brazil and Australia and can be heard on many of Jeff's albums and seen on his live DVD's.
In the spring of 2005 Gary did a two week tour as lead guitarist for singer, songwriter, model, surf champ Daize Shayne.
RIBFEST (St Pete FL) - November 2010 - Gary Schutt Band, Rick Springfield, Grand Funk Railroad...
MELODIC ROCK FEST (Chicago IL) - September 2013 - Gary Schutt solo, Eric Martin, Glen Burtnik...
ROCK N SKULL (Tremont IL) - October 2017 - Gary Schutt solo, Jack Russell...
Gregg and Matt Bissonette (David Lee Roth), Neal Schon (Journey), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Jeff Scott Soto (Yngwie Malmsteen, Journey, more), Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult), Ken Tamplin, Doug Aldrich (Dio, Whitesnake), Jimmy Paxson (Alanis Morrisette, Rod Stewart), Joe Travers (Duran Duran, Dweezil Zappa), Brian Tichy (Billy Idol, Foreigner, Whitesnake), Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper), John DeServio (Black Label Society), Steve Ferlazzo (Avril Lavine), Bryan Beller (Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats, Steve Vai, Dethklok), Mars Cowling (Pat Travers), Chris Wormer (Charlie Daniels, Jo Dee Messina), Ryan Hoyle (Collective Soul), Tom McDyne & Kevin Rothney (John Oliva's Pain), Casey Grillo (Kamelot), Michael Angelo Batio, Courtney Cox (Iron Maidens), Jeff Martin (Racer X), Matt Thompson (King Diamond), Ralph Santolla, Zak Stevens (Savatoge, Circle II Circle), Ira Black (Vicious Rumours, Dokken), Pontus Norgren (HammerFall), Chris McCarvill (Dokken, House of Lords), Jack Frost, Neil Turbin (Anthrax), Dewey Bragg (Kill Devil Hill), Jimmy D'Anda and Ronny North, Melissa McGhee (American Idol season 5).
SHARED THE BILL WITH
KISS & MOTLEY CRUE (pre show), BON JOVI (pre-show), STEEL PANTHER (opener), ALICE COOPER (pre show), DREAM THEATER (2x, pre show), JEFF BECK (pre show), QUEENSRYCHE (pre show), ROCK OF AGES (pre show), ERIC MARTIN (2x, opener), PAT TRAVERS (opener), LINKIN PARK (pre show), LENNY KRAVITZ (opener), EXTREME (opener), TESLA (pre show), SAIGON KICK (opener), BOSTON (pre show), PETER FRAMPTON (2x pre show), N'SYNC (opener), JANET JACKSON (pre-show), EDDIE MONEY (opener), BTO (opener), The FOUR TOPS (opener), WAR (opener), AMBROSIA (opener), AVERAGE WHITE BAND (opener), HARDLINE (opener), HONEYMOON SUITE (opener), TYKETTO (opener), SCRAP METAL (members of Slaughter, Night Ranger & Nelson - opener), MICHAEL W. SMITH (opener), K.C. & the SUNSHINE BAND (opener), RICK SPRINGFIELD (opener), GRAND FUNK RAILROAD (opener), MARTY BALIN (opener), ZO2 (opener), THE ARISTOCRATS (opener), MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO (opener), FOZZY (opener), SLIPPERY WHEN WET (2x, opener), SAIGON KICK (opener), MADAME MAYHEM (opener), SAINT MOTEL (97X promo gig), JACK RUSSELL (opener), EDGAR WINTER (opener), JOHN CAFFERTY (opener).
Gary is currently an endorsing artist with Peavey, Atomic Guitars, Dunlop/MXR, Seymour Duncan, Tremol-no, Gator Cases, Pedaltrain.