1.When did you decide that a career in music was for you?
I always grew up wanting to be a pro skater until I fractured my leg when I was 19 and I was stuck at home doing nothing for months so I decided to buy a Microkorg, MPC 2000xl and a set of Technics turntables to pass the time. After my leg healed I knew music was my true calling.
2.Who are your musical inspirations and why?
Tobacco - He hasn’t steered away from his signature sound. Even while everyone is producing everything on computers now he’s still keeping his original recipe.
Gorillaz - I don’t know what compelled Damon Albarn to create a cartoon band but something really amazing came from it.
Stoup the Enemy of Mankind - worked on several underrated amazing projects with a lot of relented artists and not a lot of people even know who he is. He’s just a talented producer who’s gonna do his thing no matter who’s paying attention.
3.Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?
I’ve been diagnosed with ADD, Dyslexia & the doctors say I’m a genius.
4.What song of yours best describes you and why?
Minute of Some Space with Axiom & Rxxann. It’s all about Perseverance and staying focused to achieve your goal
5.What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?
Project Pitch Black at Elysium back in 2015. There were so many artists booked and the set times got so messed up it became a free for all for any of us to just jump on stage whenever we felt like it. I got to meet a lot of other awesome artists and everyone was really cool.
6.If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?
I’ve always dreamed about going back to Shenanigans Nightclub after blowing up. They were the first venue that started booking me regularly and my head counts were horrible so I’d really just like to pack the place for once.
7.What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?
Friends I’ve made over the years is easily my best achievement. In the future I’d like to win an Apple Music award.
8.Tell me a story from backstage or after a gig?
A bunch of other artists started smoking weed in the green room at one of the venues I went to regularly. The manager didn’t know any of the other guys so he started getting on to me like “wtf Dusty?” Even though he knew I don’t smoke weed.
9.What do you like best about being a musician and why?
Being put in a position to willingly want to learn about how important new technology is and how much I love working in the field. I first learned about RAM and disk space by upgrading my MPC 2000xl. Years later I was working for VEVO fixing artists MacBook pro’s.
10.If you were not in the job you are now what would you be doing?
I’d like to be a turntablist for a nu metal band and an independent contractor for major record companies
11.What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?
Insane Clown Posse at Empire in 2019. I got to go backstage to meet them and go on stage to throw Faygo all over the crowd with them. It’s one of the best experiences of my life.
12.What would your ideal festival line up be and why?
1.That Colonel Sanders DJ from Ultra that pissed everyone off
2.Will Ferrell dressed up as Marshmello
3. Shaquille O'Neal (DJ Diesel)
5. Nora The Piano Cat
13.What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
“No ones gonna give you anything, you have to take it. You have to bite, scratch and claw your way to the top if you want to get anything done”
14.What things make you happy and what things annoy you?
My wife makes me happier than anything else. She’s supportive and always encourages me to take every opportunity that comes my way.
What I find annoying is nonconstructive feed back like “you suck” or “that’s stupid”
15.What things do you like to do when you are away from music?
-I still like to skate (but I rarely go out any more)
-Listen to Podcasts
-Listen to music
-Get lost in a bunch of weird YouTube videos for hours.
-Laying Wife Pipe
16.Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?
I think it’s more convenient for everyone to buy and sell music but it makes things a lot harder to stand out. You just gotta hope some TikTok kid uses your music while he’s filming himself rubbing poop on his face or licking a toilet seat.
17.How important do you think you look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?
Not at all. The mainstream industry is too focused on looks. I think we’d have better music if they signed more ugly people.
18.Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?
I haven’t gotten any tattoos yet. I’m not against them or anything, I just haven’t found anything that means enough to have it permanently tattooed on my body.
19.If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?
Nationwide casual Friday and topless Tuesdays
20.What would your ideal day consist of?
Waking up whenever I feel like it, skate a little to get the blood flowing, start working on music and clock out at 5 so I can take my wife out clubbing.
21.What has been your experience during the Covid 19 situations.Can you tell us how this has affected you personally,how it has affected you professionally and maybe a story from this time or a message for people out there?
It’s made things a lot easier to manage my music. Now that I work from home I’m literally sitting a foot away from all my music equipment so I can work on more stuff during breaks and lunches.
My only message to everyone is get as much stuff done now as possible because I didn’t realize how little time we have throughout the day before we were all locked down.
22.If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?
Will you be my fan? Cuz I need fans
23.How would you answer the question Who is Redwater and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music ?
I’m way more outgoing as a musician. I feel more comfortable meeting or confronting people especially when I perform but as my normal self I’m way too much of an adult checking what’s missing from my shopping list, laundry, Dishes and boring stuff like that.
24.What was the first record or song you purchased and why?
Limp Bizkit - Significant Other. Nu Metal was new to me and It’s my two favorite genres fused together
25.What would say to someone thinking about becoming a musician and getting into the music industry?
-Don’t ever take anything personal. If someone has a negative comment about your music just be grateful they listened to it and gave it a chance in the first place.
-Friends aren’t fans. Don’t expect to get big by sending Facebook event invites to your Facebook friends and it’s not worth losing friends for not being as supportive as you expect them to be
-Don’t cheap out on equipment. It'll cost you more time than money to re record everything if you decide to upgrade.
26.If you could collaborate with any other band/singer or musician who would you choose and why?
Michael Winslow because Police Academy
27.If you could have written one song from history which would it have been and why?
Phil Collins - In the air tonight because I find it hilarious when people misinterpret things
28.What things make you uncomfortable?
-Crowds. I have horrible stage fright to the point I created videos to play in the background to take the attention off me
29.If you wrote a book about yourself what would it have in it?
All the funniest moments of my life. I would refuse to add anything dramatic and keep at most dark humor
30.What has the rest of the year got in store for you?
Working on a new album using only my iPhone. If anyone wants to actually collaborate with me I’ll still use Ableton though