Around sometimes last year a friend of mine introduced me to the next person I am about to interview. She asked me to listen to him, so past the few years I got to know him as an artist and person. I have learned that it is important to learn the person behind every artists, because they are humans. This man is not only a talented artist but he is very smart. Throughout his journey , he never loose sight of his goals and dreams. I love people who believe in their dreams as much as this person if not even more. We all have things we want to accomplish, sometimes we are our own handicap. It has been my absolute pleasure to interview him and I have learned a few new things I can do better.
How would you introduce Reylex to those who don’t know him?
Even though some of my fans still call me Reylex, my Artist /Stage name is now Donlex. I had to change the name not only for business reasons but also wanted a name that is unique on the platforms to avoid confusion. I also go by “REYLEX KI SOU BEAT LA” , which is my producer’s name. You will continue to hear it in my productions as “KISOUBEATLA” is my brand.
What was the indication that music was something you wanted to do?
It started at a young age as a hobby but then got serious after one of our songs “Swag on deck” got quite popular in the HMI. Since then, I started to focus more on my music career.
How has been the journey so far, the ups and downs that come with it? Would you say it’s worth all of the sacrifices?
Honestly, I see it all as an accomplishment. It’s been so fun! The process is indeed challenging especially in an industry like the HMI which focuses more on Konpa and an audience who I think is not really receptive to new genres. But I learn from my downtime and always looking forward to the next ups.
Not only you are a rapper, but you are also a health worker. How do you manage to sync both worlds in a way that nothing overlap?
Being an artist is not a problem. The problem I face most of the time is finding the time to promote my product and being a full-time healthcare worker which limits my ability to do so. Yet, I still manage to keep it up and do my best to be heard and seen.
Has it been easy to do so?
No, it has not been easy and it’s still not. Simply because of the fact that I can’t do it all even if I wanted to. That’s a team job.
You are one of the first responders fighting for people’s lives during this pandemic, what’s your advice to those reading this interview?
Yes, I am. My advice to whoever is reading is simply this: Stay at home if you can, protect yourselves and protect others.
What does music mean to you?
Not to sound cliche, but music means everything to me. Listening and producing music definitely has a therapeutic effect on me.
Why was it important for you to graduate college?
First, I must say that I come from an educated family so going to college was a must for me, not only because of my parents but also because I understood the importance of it.
I’ve heard so much from others about this industry, what has been your experience thus far in this music industry?
The music industry is just like any other industry, big and scary with positive and negative sides but perspective is everything. I deal with the obstacles as I go. One thing I know for sure is that talent alone isn’t enough to make it big.
As an artist, what messages would you like to send to anyone who listens to your music?
Keep listening and please share it! Support means the world to us, artists.
Who would be your dream collaboration?
1) MHD 2) Diplo 3) Sho Madjozi
Who has been a major inspiration for you in this industry?
If we’re talking about the HMI, then Dj Bullet, Steves J Bryan
How was the experience, to do the opening for Joé Dwét Filé?
Honestly, it was surreal but also a reality check telling me I can do it.
What’s the best thing about performing?
Seeing the crowd interacting back is the best thing.
What keep you inspired or motivated through it all?
Music. I get inspired by music to make music. Other artists’ success inspires me as well.
If you were granted one wish today, what would it be & why?
To have a great manager who does the marketing job and promote my music around the world simply because that’s what I am missing.
3 things that you would love to do?
I’d love to be able to quit my job and focus solely on music. I’d love to have a recording studio and I’d love to move to France.
Besides music, what other interests you have?
I like nice things, movies and I’d love to own a club.
You are soon to be father, how does it feel? Do you feel like you’ve changed since you’ve known?
What are you looking forward to as a dad?
Yes and I AM BEYOND EXCITED! I can’t say I’ve changed much but my way of seeing things has definitely changed. And I do have to say that I am more careful with what Isay or do now. As a dad, I am really looking forward to making music with my son hoping he too will follow my steps.
Do you finally understand your parents’ reactions to certain things or not yet?
You are in an interracial relationship, do you ever wonder how people might feel or say?
No, I never wonder how people might feel because the only feelings that should be truly involved are mines and my woman.
What should we expect next from you?
More music , better quality.
You’ve left Haiti for a while now, what’s your hope or how do you hope to make an impact back home?
I can’t be physically in Haiti, therefore the only impact I can make is the way I positively represent the country through my music and change other people’s perspective in hopes that they’d actually visit.
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.
Yes. To any artist reading this, make sure you have a backup plan in life. It’s hard for a stressful mind to be creative. Stay hungry for success but don’t starve yourself in the process.
Thank you so much for allowing me to feature you back on the blog, it has been my absolute pleasure. I can’t wait to see where you will go in the future when it comes to your career and as a father. Best of luck !