Dustin Bookatz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and later moved to Sydney, Australia, with his parents. At the age of thirteen, a new passion was born in his heart – the bass guitar and the sound. This was the beginning of another artistic skill in his character.
Dustin’s playing career began in high school where he played in school bands. With the other members of the band Flying Model Rockets he started playing around Sydney’s pub rock scenes. After a while he was asked to join the post-punk outfit ‘Dead In Two Weeks’.
Dustin also played around the Sydney soul music scene with the likes of Rob Edwards, Darryl Beaton and Beau Golden before joining his own band, The Big Bang Theory. He collaborated with several electronic producers including Drae Leighton, James McKenna and Nick LaRosa.
In 2007 Dustin joined WIM. The band recorded its debut LP in Los Angeles with Bob Clearmountain of (Bruce Springsteen, Roxy Music, INXS fame). Being signed to Modular Records, the band played tours around Australia and the USA. Dustin and WIM have played with bands such as Other Lives, Casio Kids, Kirin J Callinan and The Preatures. The band’s tours included sold-out shows at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, Lincoln Hall in Chicago and a host of festivals including Sundance Film festival in Park City, Utah – as well as South By Southwest, CMJ, Culture Collide and The St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival.
Since arriving in America, Dustin is receiving rave reviews and opportunities for his incredible musical skills. He now lives in New York City and has recently finished work on Hero Fisher’s debut LP, which was produced by the UK’s Brad Spence and Charlie Russel (Jamiroquai, Alt-J, Morrissey).
The future is bright for this international musician!