After studies at North Texas State University and private studies with composer George Russell, Jim Goetsch began as a jazz sax player in the St Louis scene in the 1970s, with his groups opening for Gil Scott-Heron, Tom Scott, Steve Khan among many others. One notable perfromance in St louis was a 1977 concert with George Russell where he was a featured performer. From there he went on to perform with Senegalese drummer Mor Thiam and blues legend Albert King.
After that he went into a period of retirment from music, but that interest was rekindled when he became acquainted with Joe Zawinul, famous for his work with Cannonball Adderly, Miles Davis, Weather Report and his own Zawinukl Syndicate. This friendship continued to the end of Joe's life, and Jim regards this as the greatest learning experience of his lifetime.
So this rekindled interest brought Jim into the very active electronic music scene in Los Angeles, with projects including Demolition Squad, in which Jim contributed massive beats, bass and electronic sound layers that were overlapped by avant garde orchestral parts written by virtual orchestra master Kim Koschka along with samples and scratching by DJ Luke Collins. Their record Hit It received a 9 out of 10 rating from Alternative Press.
After that, he began his solo electronic project Subversive Element, where he started bringing in other elements beyond electronica, including jazz and avant garde classical. He has released the Subversive Element records Cool One, Road Trip, and Night Music on his own Psychosomatic Records label.