Gust and Smith first met in 1987 while the pair were attending Hampshire College, in Amherst, Massachusetts. Gust wrote songs for as well as played guitar and sang in the band. As Heatmiser was breaking up, Gust played on Smith's second solo album Elliott Smith, recording the electric guitar part for the song "Single File". Gust was also a founding member of the now-defunct band No. 2. No. 2 released two albums, No Memory and What Does Good Luck Bring?, and a seven-inch single, "Allistair Chestnut". In 2012, he posted 3 new songs on his SoundCloud account.
Gust designed the packaging for Heatmiser's albums Cop and Speeder and Mic City Sons and was art director for Yellow No. 5. Gust also created the album sleeves for the Elliott Smith albums Roman Candle and Elliott Smith as well as the layout for Either/Or. Gust worked as a lead creative at the Portland based design firm Johnson and Wolverton. Most recently, Gust was credited with layout on Stephen Malkmus's debut self-titled album.
He currently works as an editor at thelab, a media arts company.
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