Brian Borcherdt AKA Dusted is a musician and producer best known as the founding member of Holy Fuck. After twenty years away (two in the Catskills, the rest in Toronto) Brian is back in rural Nova Scotia. It was here as a teenager, having just joined his older brother’s thrash metal band, that he started the record label Dependent Music. Dependent went on to sign bands like Wintersleep and Land of Talk and became the province’s yearly winner of Best Local Label. By this point Brian had moved to Toronto to work in the editing room, assisting legends Dede Allen and Walter Murch on back-to-back films. This promising career was cut short by the suicide of a childhood friend and Dependent collaborator, a tragedy that led Brian back to the expression that suited him best. The resulting hand-packaged EP was given away for free, landing in many hands including local journalists who, much to Brian’s surprise, praised it in Now Magazine’s Best Toronto Albums of the Year. Even then his career didn't take a predictable path. The solo thing was dropped for more celebratory group efforts, like touring with the already established By Divine Right, as the replacement for recently departed Feist, followed by forming Holy Fuck - a project partially inspired by his time in the editing room. Making attention grabbing, noisy, experimental electronic music, the four piece caught on quickly. Coachella was only their fifth show. XL scooped them up following a ‘top three performance at Glastonbury’ nod from NME. The following years were busy, touring with Wolf Parade, MIA, Hot Chip, Warpaint, Deerhunter, playing festivals like Fuji Rocks, Roskilde, Lollapalooza, and earning praise from Radiohead, Iggy Pop, and the late Lou Reed. As the noise settled for a brief moment, Brian rekindled a new form of his solo act, this time as Dusted. He released the debut Total Dust on Polyvinyl in 2012. Jean Marc Vallee cast Brian in a cameo role for his Dallas Buyers Club follow up, Wild. In 2018, just after releasing the second record, Brian daughter was born and a much needed break was taken.
Always a prolific experimenter (we shouldn't overlook the viral and oft-copied, Sludgefest- his slowed down Alvin and the Chipmunks experiment, where the voices became normal and the music doom-laden and heavy) his three piece LIDS, with members of Metz and Constantines, will be releasing a single on Sub Pop this June. The move to Nova Scotia has allowed to Brian to focus on these projects and finally release his third and favourite Dusted record (simply titled III). With restrictions lifted Dusted will be touring again, which in the past meant supporting acts like Perfume Genius and opening one-offs for Japandroids and Deerhoof. Until then, Brian and a group of women are gathering once a week under the name Quilting, improvising music on harp, sarangi, banjo, jaw harp, along with random electronics in an old church three minutes walk from his new home in Canning, Nova Scotia.