Grown up in Spokane, Washington, he graduated from Washington State University in 2001.
After having moved to Portland in 2002, he got involved in audio engineering and began recording his own bands, and later other bands.
Gus then started mastering and established Sky Onion Mastering in 2008. Mastering is his full-time job since 2012.
He signs his lacquer cuts with "GWE PDX" and "skyonion".