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Elu The Dust / Bio


One day two musicians sat down and contemplated about the wonderful inscrutability of life and music. Their thoughts aligned with two more proficient musicians, as they justified the idea to form a band. “The fact that life is multifaceted, just like the peaceful ocean that becomes raging when in a storm, so should human emotion also be expressed through the freedom of music.” Vocalist and guitarist, Dereck Blackman, guitarist, keys and trombone, John Mcknight, bassist Kevin Smith, and drummer Josh Tanner have the weight of influence on their shoulders, by bands such as Rush, Bob Marley, Goldfinger, The Specials, Fishbone, The Used, NOFX, Sunny Day Real Estate and many more that have reached their ears. With this heavy influence, they were strong enough to form a high energy, Power Pop band called Dominion Status with a distinctive taste of Reggae and Ska in 2002 based in Southern California.

The band released their first CD, The Blame Game, within the same year they formed which gave them positive industry attention along with their fans that have been committed since. In 2003 Dominion Status was nominated in the Orange County Music Awards which opened up new doors for them along with the minds of their audience to wanting more. They received rapturous reviews in Scratch Magazine, Surfing Magazine, OC Weekly and Mean Street Magazine.

Still under the name of Dominion Status, they have secured their memorable live performance reputation in venues such as, The House of Blues, The Hard Rock Cafe, The Tiki Bar, The Observatory on several occasions and more; spreading their interpretation of true feeling and emotion, by application of the venerable medium of modern Ska, Reggae and Rock music while sharing the stage with well-known acts such as Eek A Mouse, Fishbone, Yellowman, Barrington Levy, The Late, Dave Carridene, Wayne Wonder and Pato Banton.

By 2009, Dominion Status had two more album releases called, Orgonon and Fear And Loathing In The OC. After great attention from the those two albums, they received great responses which included their hit single, “All The Way” placed on an episode of the hit TV series, Beverly Hills, 90210 in 2011. In the same year their song “Party” on their Fear And Loathing In The OC album was placed on TLC.

As 2012 came along, the band continued to feel the positive energy bounce back to them as they released it through their music. After ten years of experience and growth within their career they felt they have reached the top of a mountain, and are ready to strive onto the next. Now new and revived, they are under the name of, Elu The Dust. The name came from a dream one had of a stranger who promised to reveal the secrets of life and the universe; the stranger kept admonishing him to never forget his name and repeated “Elu The Dust” over and over. The band, living their dreams, found the name to be justified.

Elu The Dust are letting the inexorable tides of fate bring them together this year to create new music, and are ready for a new chapter of their journey. They are currently promoting their latest self-titled album release and plan to embark on a summer tour. Look for their latest release on www.itunes.com, www.amazon.com, www.spotify.com and your other favorite music stores and sites.

General Info

Band Members
Dereck Blackman (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Josh Tanner (Drums, Background Vocals), Kevin Smith (Bass), John McKnight (Guitar, Bass, Trombone, Keys).
Artist Name
Elu The Dust
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Ska / Reggae / Power Pop

Contact Info

Santa Ana, CA

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