Dustin was born in Cape Town, South Africa and immigrated to Canada as a young child in 1981. Dustin started off writing short stories in public school, his grandfather taught him the basics of playing the acoustic guitar with just three chords. An A, a G and a C. From that moment on he was hooked.
He started writing short stories in public school which progressed to poetry in early high school. This progressed to writing music. He started playing guitar with a high school friend in grade nine.
Many years later he reunited with that same friend and along with a few very trusted close friends he formed a band called “The Survivorz”. Playing lead guitar was the late Mike Palmer. Dustin wrote the songs but it was the talent of the band that carried it forward. They were able to record some great music that can be found online to this very day.
It’s very interesting that many of the people in Dustin’s life have been there since he was a teenager or even longer. The band “Decay and the Retribution” remained together for about 8 years and performed a number of shows in London and throughout South Western Ontario. After a couple of years there was a changup in the group. This resulted in a few band members leaving. The genre of music played by the band changed at that time and they went from mainly a rock and folk rock band to a folk and blues band with Dustin playing the folk section of the show followed by a blues section in which he played the bass guitar. He was joined in the band by his son Josh who played keyboards and once in a while his son Brandon played on drums.
The band remained together for about 8 years. Following the disbanding of Decay and the Retribution Dustin went on to use the stage name DustyMarcus.
He is once again playing along side his son on keyboards. He is also joined in the studio by good friend Garnet Bruce.
We are looking forward to a new year of health and happiness for 2021 and a bright future for all. DustyMarcus will continue to bring the music forward for all who will listen!!
watch the first DustyMarcus video released in cooperation with Bentley Records!
Another great original by The Survivorz. Huge thanks to Kevin Dermo on drums and Garnet Bruce of In Time Percussion. The survivorz are Lloyd Byron Mock, Mike Palmer and Dustin Simpson
Another great original by The Survivorz, recorded and filmed at In Time Percussion St Thomas, ON
This is the revised edition of a song I wrote many years ago. Sunshine of my life is a song I wrote for my daughter. Years later I have been lucky enough to record it. Special thanks to Garnet and Stacey of In Time Percussion. The Survivorz are Mike Palmer, Lloyd Mock and Dustin Simpson.