El Dusty combines traditional Cumbia with EDM to create Nu-Cumbia music.
CORPUS CHRISTI -
A Corpus Christi musician just got a huge honor, when he was named one of Rolling Stone's 10 New Artists you need to know.
"That was pretty cool, it was awesome. Pretty flattering," Dusty Oliveira, or El Dusty, said. "A lady called and set it up, that we were going to do this interview. She was like, 'Yeah we have a big interview coming up, and it's with Rolling Stone magazine.' I was like, oh man!"
El Dusty combines traditional Latin Cumbia with lively Electronic beats, in a genre known as Nu-Cumbia. He plays several instruments, records original tracks, and produces his own music in the genre.
"Nu-Cumbia is like a mashup of a new and old style of music. Like old Cumbia records from like the 60s 70s, but it's still a hardcore like EDM sort of style. So the kids really get it," Oliveira sad.
Music has been a part of the Corpus Christi native's life for as long as he can remember.
"I've always been a DJ since I was a kid," Oliveira said. "I just started off when I was like 12 years old, just playing here and there parties, and places around town."
Now music is his livelihood. El Dusty has sponsorships from Pepsi, a deal with Universal, and most recently, a place on Rolling Stone's New Artists list.
His work takes him across the map to Austin, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, but El Dusty's music showcases his home, downtown Corpus Christi.
"Cumbia Anthem was a song I did. We filmed the video here in downtown Corpus, tried to get a lot of scenes, really cool looking scenes from downtown and stuff. And it worked out," Oliveira said. "If I can show anybody how cool it is down here and how to help us re-brand downtown or re-do downtown, bring them on."
The electronic artist is also actively involved with downtown revitalization efforts.
"We just think it's really amazing that he takes this community and puts it into his work. He obviously finds inspiration from here," said Sierra Shamblin, Arts Coordinator Corpus Christi Downtown Management District. "Dusty has been so supportive and he is just so wonderful about murals and music and everything that's going on around downtown."
El Dusty says he will always call Corpus Christi home, but he plans to keep up his hectic travel schedule and keep the beats coming.
"I just want to put out some good music that makes people dance and we can have a good time at a party," Oliveira said.
El Dusty's next album "Made In Corpus" comes out next year. He also performs locally, and his next performance is at the Hot Tamale Fest downtown on November 21st.