St. James native headed to Emmys

Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 2, 2011

By Baileigh Rebowe

Contributing Writer

BATON ROUGE – Dustan Louque of St. James Parish has been nominated for an Emmy Award in the category Best Musical Composition and will be attending the 54th annual New York Emmy Award ceremony in New York Cit on Sunday.

These awards for excellence in television are the New York version of the more well known Hollywood incarnation that takes place in the fall.

The music nominated for the award was written by Louque for an animation created by friend and Brooklyn artist Mac Premo. The animation, titled “Gift,” ran in 2009 as part of a fundraiser for the New York Foundation of the Arts.

“The animation and music was used in a commercial that asked the audience for a contribution to the foundation,” Louque said.

“Gift” is up against three other compositions, but according to Louque, he is not worried about the competition; he is happy just to be making the music he knows and “hears.”

“Win or lose, this was a confidence builder for me to keep making the music that comes to me in the middle of the night singing in my bathroom,” Louque said.

Louque said he feels that he is a more of a writer than a musician and gets his inspiration for songs from writers such as Hemingway, not musicians seen on TV.

He also loves to travel and meet people and put those stories into songs.

Louque has written music for television and films, including recent films “Disturbia” and “Into the Blue.”

He has recorded three albums and is currently working on a solo album titled “KingQueen.”

Louque said he wants others to know that dreams are possible with endurance and persistence.

“I am from the smallest town. It’s about integrity and following your heart,” Louque said.

For updates on Louque’s music, visit his blog at Epoque decafe-Louque.