All in all, Dustin is owning the damn thing, and making their takeover seem so effortless. Read on to hear about Dustin's typical night out, the queer struggle in Paris, and what they have to say to young budding creatives trying to make it.
Why did you start DJing?
I had been a part of the club scene—the gay club scene—for two years and I played music at all the after parties. One night a friend of mine just asked me to play, I said yes, and I haven’t stopped since. I’ve been doing this every weekend since I was seventeen.
What makes the Parisian club scene special?
There’s this kind of honesty about it. The thing is that it’s so small, everybody knows each other and expects a lot. You have to bring something new to the table every time you go out.
And I heard that you’re launching a new party soon!
I already have one party called “Polyester” with a friend of mine, but it’s a really intimate gay, queer party that’s mostly Italo-disco. So I’m trying to do a new party, something very raw. I like that when fashion people go out in Paris they don’t care about shit. They really don’t care about their appearance.
Yes! Everyone just looks so good in the beginning of the night and then they just go for it.
Exactly, then everyone has to do a walk of shame when they go home. I love that. I want to do something unexpected, like mixing very different DJs and combining it with art. And have it in warehouses! That’s where the real parties of Paris actually happen, but fashion people only pick the fabulous establishments. Ugh. I like to be where you can sit on everything, walk everywhere and do whatever you want.
Let’s talk about more about fashion. You’ve walked so many great shows now.
Yeah, I did Margiela. It was so incredible, especially having Galliano there and being the only trans person there. It was kind of surreal.
Fashion has really embraced the LGBTQ community recently, which is such a good thing. But sometimes I’m scared that it’s just a passing fad and not a real progressive change.
I think it’s going to change. For some people it might be a trend, but once you opened the gates you can’t go back. Fashion has always been queer, now we’re just taking it back. The queer community has always been the inspiration. I think this is a breaking point, people feel more of a responsibility to act respectfully.