Just 23 years old, Dustin Holtsberry is hard at work shaping and defining the signature sound emerging from the high desert Borderlands of the American Southwest. Born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Holtsberry began DJing at 19. For the next three years, he honed his craft behind the decks, later discovering a need to produce.
Holtsberry’s rough, groovy, rolling minimal/techno holds within a dark, danceable, psychedelic bent. His tracks are full of ecstatic, soaring peaks, and plunging lows held together by round, punchy snares.
A relative newcomer, Holtsberry is steadily staking his territory in the Borderlands and beyond. In September 2016, he was invited to play the Beatport stage at the El Paso’s Sun City Music Festival, kicking off the festival’s second day and warming up crowds for a day of techno heavy-hitters including Anna, Josh Wink, Loco Dice, Matador, and Pleasurekraft.
Holtsberry has shared stages with the likes of Justin James, Spartaque, Heartthrob, Shaded, Christian Barbuto, Sian, Arjun Vagale, Richie Santana, Durtysoxxx, Skober, Matt Sassari, D-Unity, Dhyan Droik, Juheun, and Agent Orange. He is also a regular collaborator with another of the Borderlands’ best-kept secret weapon, El Paso’s Raul Facio.
Just one year into his production game, Holtsberry has landed releases on Deeperfect Records, Funk’n Deep Records, and IAMT, with much more to come.