For more than 10 years Dustin has run a recording & production studio in Fitzroy, Melbourne where he has produced music for artists like Pete Murray, Diafrix, Mantra, Joelistics, Bradley Stone, Ella Thompson and many others. He also works as a session musician, song writer, recording engineer, arranger or other collaborator, contributing parts to albums for artists such as Missy Higgins, M-phazes, Briggs, The Bamboos, TZU, Augie March, Seth Sentry, Illy (feat. Daniel Merriweather), Emma Louise, Mojo Juju, U.S. rapper Lupe Fiasco (feat. Guy Sebastian) and many more.
He was recently credited as a writer on the Madonna album “Rebel Heart”, having co-written the song “Veni Vidi Vici” which was produced by Diplo (Major Lazer) and also featured US hip hop legend Nas.
In 2009 he was part of the writing team behind Speech Debelle's album “Speech Therapy” winner of The Mercury Prize, one of the UK’s biggest music awards. One of his co-writes on the album also featured UK hip hop legend Roots Manuva.
In 2014 he co-wrote/produced the debut album “Echoes In The Aviary” from Jane Tyrrell (The Herd) which was Double J Album Of The Week and nominated for a Rolling Stone Award.
In 2017 he played piano on the debut single “Don’t Tell Me” with teenage star Ruel which won praise from Elton John when he played it on his BBC radio show.
As a keyboardist and sometimes musical director Dustin has performed at most of the major festivals and venues around Australia, as well as quite a few around the world, including: Splendour In The Grass, The Big Day Out, Falls Festival, Byron Bay Bluesfest, Pyramid Rock, Meredith, Edinburgh Festival (UK), Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Festival, Melbourne Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Perth International Festival, Big Sound, Vivid, Kinestasia (Singapore), Woodford Folk Fest, Parklife, The MCG (AFL Grand Final), The Sydney Opera House and more.
He also performed weekly DJ gigs around Melbourne for more than 15 years including a long running residency at The Corner Hotel, one of Australia’s most iconic live music venues.
Most recently he has been locked in the studio recording parts for the soundtrack to a US feature film, piano & organ for Kav Temperley (Eskimo Joe), co-writing with rapper Pez and recording Grammy nominated artist Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote) for her debut solo album “Needle Paw”.
Since launching his career in 1998, Paul Pilsneniks has developed into one of Australia’s most prolific and versatile sound engineers. During this time he has collaborated with an eclectic list of international and local artists including Powderfinger, Angus Stone, Grinspoon, Silverchair, Eric Bibb, The Mars Volta, Boy and Bear and The Tea Party, working in iconic studios across Australia, as well as in London, Jakarta and Tokyo.
Paul spent more than a decade engineering at Studios 301, where he recorded and produced a diverse range of musical genres, from solo artists to full-size orchestras, working alongside some of the world’s finest engineers and producers. Spreading his wings four years ago to go freelance has enabled Paul to continue his passion for audio while exploring new creative avenues and offering high-end delivery of his craft within a budget that is suited to both label and independent artists.
In late 2013, Paul joined Byron Bay indie label Dragging Canoe Records as the company’s Producer/A&R Manager, working alongside Bianca Lindstrom (ex Sony Music) to uncover and produce some of the region’s most talented emerging artists.
Paul is an active member of The Recording Academy and votes annually in the Grammys and Aria Awards. He is an occasional guest lecturer at various universities throughout the Asia-Pacific region.