Gus G Interview by Passion Rock

Can you tell us in fews words the story of Firewind ?

Gus G: I started the whole idea in 1998. I recorded some demos and sent them to labels. My demos got the interest of David Chastain and Leviathan Records. They asked me to submit more material and a couple of years later, I got my contract with Leviathan. David Chastain helped me to get the rest of the members, with the exception of Konstantine, who I brought in.

How did you get this deal with Massacre Records ?

Gus G: The deal with Massacre is a licence deal that Leviathan Records secured for us.

Why have you choose to make one cover of Scorpions ?

Gus G: Simply because they are my favourite band and I wanted to pay tribute to them and Uli Jon Roth.

Are you making others covers during your show ?

Gus G: Well, we haven't played live yet.........

What kind of music do you like ?

Gus G: Mainly Heavy Metal and Hard Rock. I also enjoy classical music.

How can you describe your music ?

Gus G: I think it's pure Heavy Metal with a lot of melodies and aggression at the same time.

Will you make a tour to promote this new album ?

Gus G: Hopefully. But nothing is confirmed yet.

With which band would you like to make a tour ?

Gus G: I guess The Scoprions would be my dream tour or the Ozzfest!!!

Have you take lessons to play guitar ?

Gus G: Yes, I have been to a Conservatory for 4 years and after that, I was awarded a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music, but I dropped out after 2 weeks of studies!!!

What kind of guitarist do you like ?

Gus G: My all time favourites are Michael Schenker, Uli Roth and Yngwie Malmsteen. Other guitarists I like a lot are, John Norum, Marty Friedman, Vinnie Moore, Jason Becker, Gary Moore and a lot of others...

Where do you take the inspiration to write the songs ?

Gus G: Inspiration can come from could be from looking at the stars at night, to depending on the mood I'm in, like if I'm happy or sad.

What are you projects ?

Gus G: My side projects are MYSTIC PROPHECY with whom I've released a debut album in 2001 called "Vengeance", and a death metal band that I play guitar and sing in, called NIGHTRAGE. Of course, I'm a full time member of FIREWIND and DREAM EVIL.