Subversive Element (Jim Goetsch) began as a jazz saxophonist, growing out of the very creative St. Louis scene that produced Julius Hemphill, Oliver Lake, J.D. Parran and Michael Vlatkovich amongst others. During this time he studied with jazz composer George Russell, opened for acts like Gil Scott-Heron and toured with blues legend Albert King. After a long hiatus, he returned to music but went off into an electronic direction.
In 1997 he formed Biomechanique with DJ Luke Collins, performing in the L.A. area at places like Lumpy Gravy, Spaceland, and Luna Park. In 2000, he released Demolition Squad "Hit It" with virtual orchestra master Kim Koschka, with Collins making a guest appearance on turntables and samplers. That record received a 9 out of 10 rating from Alternative Press, matching Radiohead's release "Kid A" that was reviewed in that same issue.
His solo project has been Subversive Element, which he releases on his Psychosomatic Records label. Performances in the Los Angeles area have included the Knitting Factory, the Create/Fixate art events and the Partikel 3 experimental electronic event. He has also done several live broadcasts on Pat Murphy's "Alien Air Music" show on KXLU, and his tracks have also been played on L.A.'s equally well-known KCRW.
In 2007 he made a guest appearance on alto sax on "Drawn Straws", the first release from the Strato Ensemble, a radically new fusion of electronica with ECM style jazz. In fall 2007, he released Road Trip, with the sound of electronic studio music of the '60s over beats and bass. He is now working on new music that has him going back to his avant garde jazz roots by returning to soprano sax, but still working in the realm of electronic music. Most recently he has joined The Stratos Ensemble, and has produced the group's record titled 3 2 14.