SXSW 2013: Gus + Scout's Simple Math

'Everything we wanted to do with this band is to just be ourselves'

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From Rolling Stone's Rock Room at SXSW, Gus Wenner and Scout Willis of the New York-based duo Gus + Scout talked about the self-confidence that defines their music. "Sometimes I think, 'Gus + Scout, is that a weird band name?' But that's the basis of everything that we wanted to do, and want to do with this band, is to just be ourselves," said Wenner. A full-length album is still in the works – Gus + Scout released a debut EP last August – but the duo have some experience with the spotlight: Willis is the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, and Wenner is the son of Rolling Stone editor and publisher, Jann S. Wenner. Said Willis, "Being authentic for us means not trying to be anyone else, and not have a song that sounds like a certain person or genre."

Interview by Eric R. Danton; text by Joe Pinsker