Look a few years back I was waiting at the bus station with my father, Poupi, Evanie, Tathiana. This song “Danre Ra” started to play and my brother looked at me & Tathiana saying:”how ironic they made a song about you 2 personal lives?”. I rolled my eyes of course while he & Evanie were laughing. But it became our inside jokes. I loved the song after I heard him singing “Ma Cherie Je T’aime” I was like: “that’s going To be my first dance song at my wedding”. Lol! I’m a fan there’s no doubt in that. I admire people who understand that it is time to walk away from anything. No matter how much you loved it. But just knowing that your happiness is no longer there & it’s your cue to leave. It takes strength. I think we have this thing were we just Listen to one side of the story and assumed we know everything. Take a read as his journey continues outside of “T-vice”.
Olivier Duret, introduce yourself to my readers.
Hi everyone, I am Olivier Duret also known as Oliduret from the band DAT7, I was in T-vice for almost 10 years. Known for songs such as “Toi et Moi”, “Ma Cherie Je t’aime” and so on…
Why leaving a group that has such a huge success to go form your own band?
Sometimes you must do your own thing, working in T-vice was great but I was limited when it came to music. So, I needed to walk away to my reach my full potential.
Would you say that you are happier with your new band? Weren’t you scared of not having as much success with Dats7 that you have with your old band?
Life is about taking risks, everything is a “what if”. I didn’t want to spend my life asking myself that question just because of the unknown. T-vice had success before my presence, I just brought my own flavor. I can only hope that people keep appreciating my music.
How did you guys come up with the name?
One of my band mates came up with the name, ti tanbou (Ricot Amazan) it was basically to say this is our thing and that’s it (dat7)
What have been your experience so far? Is there anything you wish you could have done differently?
I wish we had more promo and marketing, more people willing to work with us.
What’s your advice to any young artist coming up, whether they are starting as a solo or in a band?
It’s usually not easy in the beginning, you must keep at it, persevere and if you really love it, never give up.
What is the biggest lesson you have learned since you’ve been in the business
Never be afraid to express yourself;
Besides singing, what else do you enjoy doing?
I love sports, mostly soccer and love watching movies.
With this career come with a lot of perks, from traveling all over the place or having an impact on people’s lives. What would say is your favorite part?
I love traveling but having an impact on people’s lives is the biggest thing to me. Having them play my music on special occasions like first dances at weddings or even calling me to come perform it is amazing.
I’ve seen pictures of you with your family on Instagram so I would assume with having to travel all the time you have missed some major stuff in your family life. How do you cope with it?
It comes with the job is all I can say lol.
Where do you see Olivier Duret in five years (personal, with the band, business)?
As a Haitian where do you think we are failing Haiti? In your opinion, what do we need to do differently?
We don’t work together, we rather put others down than push them.
It’s a tradition for me to ask anyone that I’m interviewing if they have one last thing they would like to say. I don’t know a message or anything that I might have left out to the readers.
I love all my fans. For some odd reason, certain people think I’m uptight lol… I’m far from it, I’m just 2 different people when on stage or in public. On stage, I’m open but in general, I wouldn’t say that I’m shy but I’m more of an observer than a talker.
Thank you to Olivier Duret for the interview, it was my absolute pleasure to feature you. Good luck on your feature endeavors!
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Lady Sergine 🌹💋`