Gustaf Norén

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Erik Gustaf David Norén (* 1 February 1981 in Borlänge) is a Swedish musician (vocals, guitar). He is one of the two frontmen of the Swedish band Mando Diao.


Erik Gustaf David Norén, one of the two frontmen (vocals, guitar) of Swedish rock band Mando Diao was born to Jan Norén and Kerstin Bengtsson-Norén on the 1st of February, 1981 in Borlänge (Sweden). Gustaf has two younger brothers, Victor and Carl, who play today in Sugarplum Fairy, and a younger sister Josefine.
Gustaf describes the rural surroundings of his childhood as carefree and creative. His talent for music showed very soon at school, as well as his liking for playing roles. According to his mother, he was a born actor.
During Gustaf’s childhood and teenage years football played a big role. As other members of Mando Diao, he was a fan of FC Brage (Borlänge), a local football club with strong roots in the working class.
At school rock music was the second most important topic after football. Gustaf had a soft spot for the music of the 60s, especially The Beatles. New bands like Nirvana were added to his favourites and since 1995 Britpop bands like Oasis and Blur.[1]

In 1996, Gustaf met Björn Dixgård at a party. A short time later Björn invited Gustaf to join his band; they became the two frontmen of Butler, the band Björn Dixgård had founded together with Daniel Haglund, the later keyboarder of Mando Diao . In 1997, the name Butler was changed to Mando Jao. Allegedly Björn had a dream where a man appeared and shouted at him, telling him to name his band Mando Jao. Björn obeyed. Gustaf left the band in 1998, for he had moved to Falun and had become alienated from his friends. He came back again soon.[2] Gustaf's father Jan for some time was part of the band too.
In 1999, the name was changed to Mando Diao for the band was sure it would offer a better English pronunciation. Band members at this time were Björn Dixgård, Gustaf Norén, Daniel Haglund, and Carl-Johan Fogelklou. During the same year Samuel Giers joined the band as drummer. Daniel Haglund left the band in 2004 and was replaced by Mats Björke.

Touring bars and small locations all over Sweden was soon followed by performances in Central Europe; the USA and Japan. Each of Mando Diao's album releases became more successful; today they are one of Sweden's best known bands.
In 2006, Gustaf was on the list of Sweden's 100 sexiest men[3]

In 2008, Gustaf Norén and Björn Dixgård joined the artist network Caligola; in 2012, the album Back To Earth was the first release of the music project.

Mando Diao's biggest success in their homecountry Sweden was achieved with the sixth studio album Infruset where ten poems of the Swedish poet Gustaf Fröding were set to music in 2012.


Mando Diao[edit]


  • 2012 Back To Earth
  • 2012 Resurrection