Interview with Norway Based Artist Stig Gustu Larsen
How did you come by your stage name?
Well, I guess I never discovered my name. It was given to me by my parents at birth. But at one point I had a band called “GUSTU”. It was the idea of TNT guitarist Ronni Le Tekro to name the band after my middle name and after a few bottles of wine, I thought it sounded like a great name for a band…
As a solo artist, my imagination was kind of limited when it came to a stage name, so I ended up using my full name…
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I guess I was about 5 or 6 years old when I saw Elvis Aloha from Hawaii on VHS for the first time. I was floored. The pure awesomeness of Elvis on stage really sparked a fire in me and that’s a fire that keeps me going to this day. With age, I have come to the realization that I will probably never be the next Elvis Presley. But then again, can anyone really?
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
When it comes to music I listen to most everything and I think that this is reflected in my music. Some of my favorite artists are Blink 182, Frank Sinatra, Guns n Roses, Elvis Presley, Luciano Pavarotti, Sammy Davis Jr as well as a Swedish band called Sven-Ingvars. So It’s a wide range of artists in all kinds of genres. In one way or another, I would say that all these artists inspire me and affect my music to some extent.
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
To be a part of this business is without a doubt a challenge in itself. For me, it’s all about choices and expectations. What can I expect from the choices I make? At the end of the day, music is hard work. But if it’s something you love and something you are passionate about, it’s worth it. We have a saying in Norway “If it’s something you like, it not work..” and most of the time I would say that it’s true.
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
In many ways, this could be a hard question to answer, but at the same time, I find it easy.
Yes. For some people out there I am the best at what I do, for others, I am far from it. It’s not for me to decide as it is with music in general. Some people love it, some people hate it and that is just as it should be. I love the fact that we are different, that we like different styles, different artists, bands and songwriters. What would the world be like if we all loved and went crazy for “Baby Shark” !?
What are your plans for the near future?
Right now I am promoting the new single «WE» and I just started the WExLIVE 2019 tour. At the same time, I am writing and recording the new album (release date: sometime in the first half of 2020). I can’t complain really, I am having the time of my life.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
Without my family, I would be lost. My (soon to be) wife and daughter is without a doubt my first priority in life and my biggest fans. The support and love I get from home are way beyond what anyone can ask for. I am forever grateful for my amazing family.
My mom, dad, sister, and brother, as well as my in-law family, is the kind of support I imagine KISS gets from the KISS Army. Whatever or whenever I am doing something, these guys support me and help me out in every way possible. I wouldn’t be where I am without them.
How can fans find you?
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