Jared Gutstadt

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Jared Gutstadt
Born Jared Adam Gutstadt
(1977-09-19) September 19, 1977 (age 39)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Occupation President and CCO of Jingle Punks Music
Children 4

Jared Gutstadt (born September 19, 1977 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada), is a Canadian-born entrepreneur, musician, inventor, and holder of multiple patents[1] best known for founding the creative music agency Jingle Punks. Gutstadt also produces music under the moniker "Captain Hooks". Gutstadt is a graduate of New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. Jingle Punks has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Billboard, Rolling Stone, Wired, Variety and was named "one of America's most promising start ups" by Bloomberg Businessweek.[2] Gutstadt is currently the President, Chief Creative Officer, and Head Composer at Jingle Punks.

Jared Gutstadt started Jingle Punks in 2008 after spending several years going in between a career as an editor and musician. Some of Jared's early editing credits include work on Chappelle's Show and MTV's Cribs. As an editor, Jared was known for strategically placing his music in shows he worked on. Jared made the switch into the world of composing after working on the John Waters film, This Filthy World.

"I told Dan [Demole, Jingle Punks co-founder] if we started a library geared toward youth-oriented networks, things would happen," says Jared Gutstadt, Jingle Punks co-founder and CEO. "Our first day was Aug. 10 of last year -- we had the Food Network by October."[3]

In 2011, Gutstadt co-wrote the Chiddy Bang track "Happening." Originally written for a Pepsi campaign that was abandoned, Chiddy Bang went on to include the song on their debut album Breakfast and it has been placed in an Xbox Music commercial[4] and the films What To Expect When You're Expecting and Sex Tape.[5]

A multi-instrumentalist, Gutstadt has conducted a symphony with members of the New York Philharmonic, written columns for Guitar World and Huffington Post, and received ASCAP Most Performed Film and Television Music Awards in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 for the theme to History Channel's Pawn Stars and the score to NBC's The Voice. Other accomplishments include collaborations with Timbaland on an updated SportsCenter theme song,[6] Tyra Banks on the theme song for her syndicated talk show FABLife, the theme song for NBC's Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris, composing for Morgan Spurlock's Comic Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope, NBC's Fashion Star, FX's Partners, and ABC's The Taste. Gutstadt also served as a producer for the ]]MTV2]] series Kingin' With Tyga. Jared was also featured in Bloomberg Businessweek (Helping Indie Musicians Market Their Tunes) as well as The New York Times (A Genre-Bending Musical Pitch to Ad Agencies). In February 2013, Gutstadt recorded a corporate hold message parody with Canadian rapper Snow that garnered press in The New York Post,[7] CNN,[8] and Business Insider.[9] On March 28, 2013, Gutstadt delivered an enthusiastically received TEDx Hollywood talk. In May 2013, Gutstadt was tapped to write and record an original composition with Lynyrd Skynyrd to be used as a new theme for Pawn Stars as well as future promotional use on History. In 2016, Gutstadt formed a band called "Bear and a Banjo" with songwriter/producer Poo Bear and created two original songs for History's remake of the Roots Miniseries. Other artists that Gutstadt has written and collaborated with include Dave Stewart, Randy Bachman, Angaleena Presley, Debbie Gibson, Dierks Bentley, and Kris Kristofferson.

Jingle Punks CEO Jared Gutstadt performing with Nas in Johannesburg, South Africa

Gutstadt is a founding member of the Jingle Punks-sourced chamber group, The Hipster Orchestra, who have released several albums covering songs by Nirvana, The Black Keys, Frank Ocean, and many others.[10] In 2014, The Hipster Orchestra performed with Nas in Johannesburg, South Africa for Castle Lite's Extra Cold Music Concert.[11]

Originally from Toronto, Gutstadt first began playing music in high school. Upon graduation from college, he toured extensively in 2001-2003 as a member of The Izzys, with whom he recorded a Peel Session for the BBC. Gutstadt later founded and led two New York-based indie rock bands, Group Sounds and Generals & Majors. Gutstadt's musical pursuits have been covered in such noteworthy press as the UK's NME. Group Sounds is no longer active, though they occasionally reunite to play shows for Jingle Punks clients as well as industry insiders and members of the New York media.

In 2016, Jared was asked to keynote one of the biggest advertising conferences at Cannes Lions, he and Poo Bear discussed celebrity integration into brands and showcased examples from their successful endeavors from the Roots Miniseries to their most recent projects. The thesis of their topic was covered in an Adweek Profile during that week.[12]

Recently, the track "Hold On (Won't Let Go)" cowritten between Jared and Poo Bear and performed by Steven Tyler became the anthem for Pro Bull Riders,[13] appearing in broadcast media as well as live events, and is also a track in Tyler's debut solo album, We're All Somebody From Somewhere. In September 2016, Lil Wayne recorded a song recorded and produced by Jared Gutstadt that would be the theme to Skip Bayless’s “Undisputed” on Fox Sports 1, drawing a ton of press and controversy because it was released amidst a fire storm of activity surrounding the beef between Lil Wayne and his Cash Money CEO, Birdman. Many fans ultimately speculated that this will be Lil Wayne’s final single.

In late December of 2016, Gutstadt and Poo Bear composed and produced the fight anthem for UFC 207 - "Ronda Rousey vs. Amanda Nunes." G-Eazy was chosen to perform and record the track, partnering with Jingle Punks to collaborate on the song. The song peaked at #1 on the Spoitfy Global To 50 charts. [14]

In April 2017, Jared Gutstadt and Brad Paisley's collaborative work was released on Brad's most recent studio album, "Love and War." Gutstadt, Timbaland, and Paisley collaborated on the tracks "Grey Goose Chase" and "Solar Powered Girl." The album peaked #1 on the American Country Music charts and received favorable reviews from Noisey, Rolling Stone, and Variety. Paisley discussed with Billboard that Gutstadt inspired the collaboration stating, "He had been working with Tim and he said that the three of us would be an interesting thing to see what would happen." [15]


  • The Izzys, The Izzys (2004)
  • The Izzys, Fast and Out of Control Wins the Race (2005)
  • Group Sounds, EP (2005)
  • Group Sounds, Group Sounds (2006)
  • The Hipster Orchestra, Hipster Dinner Party, Vol. 1 (2011)
  • The Hipster Orchestra, The Nirvana Sessions (2011)
  • The Hipster Orchestra, King of Instruments (2012) (w/ Alex Collier)
  • The Hipster Orchestra, "Mirrors" (2013)
  • The Hipster Orchestra, The In Utero Sessions (2013)


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