We had the good fortune of connecting with Gustavo Chaise and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gustavo, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
Well. I don´t think it sounds good when you say people should ”work hard” to achieve something. I do get what they mean, but that sentence sounds like you should carry a burden and suffer you´re way through any process. I think the best advice is to work STEADY, doing it everyday, as much as you have a healthy mindset and don´t extenuate yourself. Some situations you might have deadlines and you´ll have to push through, but in order to flow and to keep you from stressing out, you should work frequently, everyday, stop, be lazy for a while, then comeback, over and over again. And the most important thing, don´t loose focus, so easy these days filled with urgency for everything.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I come from a family of musicians, I´m the youngest of four brothers who all play guitar, so to grab an acoustic or electric instrument and play at home any time of the day or night, was as natural as can be. Everyone of the brothers was already playing in bands since their teenage years, so the house was always frequented by musicians, and many times rehearsals were in our garage or basement. I don´t remember any moment of life not being envolved with music, so the invitations to play and the bands I participated with, they just happened in a natural manner, imple as that. I also never had any doubt about what I was going to do in life, with that I moved from my hometown, Passo Fundo, to the state capital, Porto Alegre, for a bigger musical ambient, and there I got to meet my wife, Myla, also a musician and born in the USA, that´s how I live today in Los Angeles. The biggest lesson is just never stop doing what your heart tells you to do, don´t doubt yourself, be honest, don´t overthink it. All this appl y to yourself and how you approach other people. I really want to bring the effervescent musical sauces from the region I was born, the most southern part of Brazil, to mix it up with the amazing creativity in music from nprth america, leaving aside labels, genres, music is one enormous force, it can´t be and it shouldn´t be boxed as a product !
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
The very first day, they should go to the beach, Venice, Santa Monica, the view of the sea and the mountains in the distance. Then from there, a visit to the Griffith observatory, followed by margaritas and dinner at El Coyote. And then whatever the best live music the night has to offer, doesnt matter the place, If on a monday night, catch the Hot Club of Los Angeles at the Cinema Bar in Culver City.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My friend Eduardo Piccini, bass player and songwriter
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