Cigarettes & Whisky by Kent Dustin –
The emerging Gold Coast-based music artist Kent Dustin has released Cigarettes & Whisky, a track with hooks and heart that merges alt pop-rock allure with roots-blues flavoured grooves. Written by Kent and produced by internationally acclaimed producer Robby De Sa (5SOS, The Veronicas, Vera Blue), Cigarettes & Whisky explores the perilous terrain of incompatible attraction and obsession, using vivid lyrical imagery, a sensual rhythmic pulse and Kent’s intense and earthy vocal performance. Selected as a featured vocalist for Channel 10’s Creative Generation QLD 2011 and winning Runner-Up solo vocalist at the Applause Rising Talent Showcase in Florida in 2014, Kent has not only performed across Australia for several years but toured internationally in Singapore and the Philippines, where he featured on #1 Music channel, MYX. Cigarettes & Whisky’s appeal lies in its ability to straddle a pop and blues-roots line, harnessing a finely tuned melodic sensibility, an accessible yet immersing lyric, and an authentically expressive vocal performance from Kent. As the rising star says about the motivation behind the new track, ‘The song is encapsulating the feeling of a flirty encounter you don’t mind entertaining, and even wanting to repeat a few times, despite knowing you’re both no good for each other long term. Cigarettes and whisky aren’t good for you but are a thrill in small doses and do go well together.’ This blending is also reflected in the track’s production, with its orderly balance of grit and sophistication, power, and subtlety. Kent’s career has already kicked into overdrive, with a growing list of accolades and achievements and a few standouts. As Kent says, ‘I would have to say a career-high for me was being interviewed on MYX TV in the Philippines, their #1 music channel with 12 million viewers, that has to be pretty up there.’ Born and raised to the soundtrack of country music in the rural Darling Downs, the outback influence underpins Kent’s musical palette. Cigarettes & Whisky is sure to establish the trajectory of this fast-rising Australian music artist.