Also known as Louque, is a musical auteur living on the road in a Westfalia. He collects stories and cultures and distills them into song. Small batch. An American songwriter who's often called Zelig's musical son. He describes his sound as somewhere between Mod & Rocker. During his childhood years growing up in Grande Pointe, Louisiana, he heard an old speech on the radio by Huey P. Long and believed himself to be a king. Just when the crown was getting too heavy and "The Kingfish's" words were fading, tragedy struck his family. He was forever changed and vowed to never take off the crown no matter what.
A native of the Mississippi River Ruhr Valley in St. James Parish Louisiana, Louque loved Fats Domino, Hank Williams, Sr., and Prince. In his formative years he discovered the British sounds of The Smiths, Depeche Mode and New Order at The Gold Mine Saloon in New Orleans. This music had a hold on him and sent him down a path of unlimited possibility. On his first trip to New York while in college, he was overcome with an extreme desire to play the piano. Upon returning to the campus of Mississippi State, Louque begged the staff to let him in a class. It wasn't long before he stole the key to the music building so he can play through the night. He loved to play Chopin Nocturnes and Beethoven but soon discovered guitar and a singing voice.
After living in New Orleans for two years, Louque moved to New York in 1997 to attend The Stella Adler Conservatory of Acting. This proved to be fertile ground for him as he began to write songs for the first time. Having to constantly perform on the spot in class everyday gave him a confidence in his creative powers. He spent his nights alone with a four track his Williamsburg, Brooklyn apartment. After three years of trial and error with collaborators Seth Gold and Donovan Guidry, "So Long" was born.
So Long was a trip hop and folk record soaked in the MPC beats of Guidry and the melancholy chords of Gold. The first half of the record was made at Good and Evil studio with Chris Kelly and Danny Blume as producers. The record was then finished at Headgear studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with Dan Long and Alex Lipsen as producers. Louque was the first artist to record at the now famed Headgear Studio.
Louque's very first show was performed downtown for the leftover Warhol crew at Budman Studio in SoHo. They christened him an artist and things quickly changed for Louque. He signed with Lava/Atlantic and released his first record having played only a few shows. After two years of touring and licensing songs to films such as "Into the Blue" and "Disturbia", his dealings with the music industry had come to an end.
In 2007 Louque drifted. He lived in Louisiana, Paris, New York, Canada, and Jamaica. He traveled with a doctors bag full of recording equipment and made "Louque the Drifter". This sound was a mix of freak folk, reggae and outlaw country. Immediately following this, he began working on the "Royal Vagabonds" debut record with collaborators Josh Werner and Dave Burnett. "For the King's Court" is an Americana record and his first attempts at an all guitar record. This was the first band experience for Louque and one of his favorite projects.
In order to protect his creative well, Louque began to work a job and considered not playing music again but beat and melody followed him everywhere. Artist and friend, Mac Premo, commissioned him to record a piece of music for an animation an it earned him a nomination for a New York Emmy in 2010.
Louque immediately began working on his next record "Campo Santo" in Woodstock, NY with producer Danny Blume. The project took three years due to the logistics of musicians being in different cities. Nels Cline (Wilco), David Baron, Josh Werner (Lee Perry, Bill Laswell), Dave Burnett, and Zack Alford (David Bowie) are just a few of the many musicians.
In 2014, Dustan began traveling the country reconnecting with fans-turned-friends, collaborating with his supporters to curate intimate concerts staged in deserts, mountains, homes, and other gorgeous spaces across the country. While mostly playing solo, he often plays with classical pianist Margaret Hebert who graduated in performance from The University of Louisiana. A shared love of classical and New Wave music has inspired a new collaboration and they recorded their first song "Beneath The Cherie Moon" in 2016.
Dustan continues to play with Nels Cline as well, sharing the stage at The Big Ears Festival with both he and Hebert in 2017.