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On the Road with Gunnar Gehl

The rising teen pop sensation gives L'Officiel USA an exclusive look at his adventures while opening for PRETTYMUCH.
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Photos courtesy of Gunnar Gehl

Gunnar Gehl is just getting started, having released his debut single "Ocean Blue" this October, but he already has an impressive presence. The 17-year-old musician has been steadily building his fan base on Instagram and Soundcloud, and with an accessible yet dense sound and more new music in the works, he just may be about to hit his big break. Some may compare his young age and guitar-driven pop to Shawn Mendes, while Gehl says his biggest inspiration is John Mayer, but clear regardless is the vivid way he recounts personal experience through vocals and instrumentals. 

Showing his promise, Gehl recently had the opportunity to open for Simon Cowell-formed boy band PRETTYMUCH on their North American tour. Traveling around the continent throughout this fall, the rising star shared moments with his fans, visited iconic sights, and learned how to push through an exhausting yet rewarding schedule, chronicling all of this exclusively for L'Officiel USA. Below, get to know Gehl a little better as he shares experiences from onstage and off.

SEATTLE

The first of many post-show fan meet ups, surrounded by half the general admission pit.

SAN FRANCISCO

Pre-show rehearsals.

LOS ANGELES

Admiring the size of The Wiltern during sound check. 

ANAHEIM

Hometown show. Family and friends surrounded the crowd, making this one of the most important nights.

DALLAS

7:30 AM. Morning interviews are never a tour favorite.

SAN ANTONIO

The best show of the tour up to this point. One of our favorite stops.

HOUSTON

The set includes a jump off a stool, but we left the one we had been using in the previous city and had to improvise with the nearest stool. Nobody realized until showtime that the stool was a solid foot higher than the rest.

TAMPA

Sing with me.

FORT LAUDERDALE

Exploring the city around each venue always paid off, especially when it was warm.

ORLANDO

After every single show, fan meet ups were a must.

ATLANTA

Atlanta was crazy. By far the loudest, most active crowd of the tour.

PHILADELPHIA

Gunnar's family surprised him in Philly.

NEW YORK CITY

Woke up with a fever of 105, and spent the day in urgent care. Then poured it all out on stage.

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Standing in the rain with fans for a half hour while getting over a fever? Priceless.

CINCINNATI

Kai, let’s go back to Florida. It’s way too cold here.

MILWAUKEE

Hold my hand.

MINNEAPOLIS

Good vibes only.

CHICAGO

We had the day off! It was way heavier than we thought.

DETROIT

Ran into some friends.

CHICAGO PT. 2

All of the lights.

TORONTO

My first international show will be one I never forget.

NEW YORK CITY PT. 2

Meetings. NYC elevators take forever.

BOSTON

What a way to end the tour!

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