100% Pen Gutt: the Norse pret­ty boy” blend­ing rap and folk music

A “sad tumblr girl” aesthetic with an indie sound to match, Pen Gutt shares the DIY visuals for his track Bare Dans.

Pen Gutt – or pret­ty boy” as it trans­lates in his native Nor­we­gian – is a silky smooth musi­cian with a folky edge. Hav­ing tried his hand at mod­el­ling, act­ing and visu­al body per­for­mance, his lat­est cre­ative for­ay is into the wonky world of left­field rap. 

An amal­ga­ma­tion of his Scan­di upbring­ing, deep dive into phi­los­o­phy books and the Japan­ese ani­me series Neon Gen­e­sis Evage­lion, the 24-year-old coos melod­ic bars in his mother’s tongue about self dis­cov­ery, life, death, phi­los­o­phy and love”. As for the beat, expect infec­tious grooves and hazy elec­tron­ic riffs. 

The ris­ing rap­per will be releas­ing a 13-track album lat­er this year, but for now, check out the visu­als for his banger Bare Dans. A home­spun video shot pure­ly using Apple’s Pho­to Booth heart fil­ter, watch Pen Gutt and a bunch of his mates groov­ing around Oslo. Then, once you’ve indulged in pure 2014 Face­book nos­tal­gia, get the 100% scoop on this off-the-wall musician. 

10%: Where were you born, where were you raised and where are you now based?

Born in Rykkinn (Nor­way) on the car­pet, so I’m home-brewed – no hos­pi­tal. Raised in the same neigh­bour­hood and now based in Oslo, the cap­i­tal baby!

20%: At what point did you realise you’d be able to do what you love for a living?

I have a day job now actu­al­ly, but just see­ing what my broth­er accom­plished when I was still in my teens made me realise it was ful­ly attain­able. I asked him once why some peo­ple suc­ceed in doing what they love and oth­ers don’t, and he just answered, The peo­ple who haven’t made it yet, sim­ply just don’t want it enough.”

30%: What’s a piece of advice that changed your life?

When my moth­er said Håkon, don’t be afraid to make money.”

40%: What kind of emo­tions and expe­ri­ences influ­ence your work?

This project has most­ly been influ­enced by sor­row and pain, but I don’t see myself as a depressed per­son. I just tend to express most­ly sad thoughts through music. I think it’s because one of my all-time favourites is Lana Del Rey. I see myself as a sad Tum­blr girl. That’s my mood.

50%: What can you tell us about your next project?

It’s a tale about Armaged­don and love.


60%: Break down your typ­i­cal day at work…

I wake up at 8am, go to work at 10, sell some hats and make some merch. Then I go home at 5pm, eat din­ner with bae, start going through my e-mails, answer some inter­views with my intel­lect, start edit­ing a video I’m work­ing on, do some­thing cute for the Gram, watch Game of Thrones, sleep.

70%: What can artists do to help save the world?

Make music.

80%: Love, Like, Hate?

Love my girl, like when sun-rays hits my face, hate to see you sad.

90%: You can only lis­ten to three albums for the rest of your life. What are they?

Born to Die by Lana del Rey
by Hans Philip
My Beau­ti­ful Dark Twist­ed Fan­ta­sy
by Kanye West

100%: No.1 hol­i­day destination?

On a sail­boat, from coast to coast.

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