The Payment Expert Encore provides an opportunity for the payments industry to take the stage and share with us the soundtrack that took them to where they are today. 

In the latest edition, we spoke to Intergiro’s Gustaf Hult, who discussed his love for Robbie Williams and which American rock band gets him up in the morning. 

What was your first ever gig, and what was it like?

The very first concert I ever attended was to see the amazing Swedish artist E-Type. I remember the atmosphere was just electric. E-Type’s performance was packed with energy and lots of unforgettable songs. I don’t think I could have asked for a better introduction to the world of concerts and performances. 

Best performance you have ever seen live, and why was it so good?

In 2017, I got to see The xx in Sweden. I wasn’t familiar with their music previously, but their stage presence captivated me immediately. The authenticity of their performance was undeniable, it was just full of raw emotions that were genuinely heartfelt. Their ability to express such fragility and intensity was impressive, and left me with a great appreciation for their music. 

Artist who can do no wrong in your eyes and why?

I’d have to say Robbie Williams is an artist who can do no wrong in my perspective. I have a deep respect for both his artistic ability and his resilience as a person. He seems like someone who always comes back stronger, even bouncing back after some of the health issues and other struggles he’s been through. 

Most cherished album and why?

I love The Beatles Collection, especially on vinyl, most of all because it never gets old. It always takes me back to my childhood, and anytime it plays I find myself singing along with each track no matter where I am or what I’m doing. 

Song that gets you up in the morning? Why does it fill you with the energy you need to face the day?

One song that gets me up any morning is “Live Wire” by Mötley Crüe. This track is perfect for getting me ready for the day because of its pace and powerful instrumentation, which immediately wakes me up and gives me the push I need to start the day. 

I actually recently discovered Neil Strauss’s autobiography on Mötley Crüe and watched The Dirt, which is based on the book. Now I appreciate the song even more, as it was one of the band’s earliest hits and helped introduce them to a broader audience. Knowing the story behind the song gives me even more inspiration when I listen to it in the morning.

The song that always makes your gym playlist? What are you usually doing in the gym when you listen to this?

I’d have to say “Where Is My Mind?” by the Pixies. I find that the rhythm is oddly well-suited to the tempo of bicep curls, so I’ll play it during the final stages of my workout to help me keep a steady pace and push myself to get through those challenging last repetitions. 

The artist or song that takes your mind off work? Why have you chosen this artist and genre?

A song that helps me relax would have to be “My Love Is Your Love” by Whitney Houston. I find her voice so rich and immersive that it just immediately lets me forget about any work-related problems.  

Musician you’d love to go on a night out with? Where would you take them?

I’d be thrilled to spend a night out with Bob Dylan. I just find him fascinating and I’d like to pick his brain apart and gain some insights into his creative process.

If I had to pick a place, it’d probably be a bar in Stockholm called The Doors. It’s a cozy, friendly pub that’s well-known for its beer selection. I think it’d be a great spot to have a meaningful conversation with a legend.