Dwight Plays His Strings Right

The Star (St. Lucia) - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Clau­dia Elei­box

Fresh on the mar­ket, with his youth and charisma on the gui­tar, Dwight Florent took to the mu­sic in­dus­try im­me­di­ately af­ter mak­ing his exit from Corinth Sec­ondary School. Dwight’s nine­teen years have brought him op­por­tu­ni­ties to work with some of the most renowned artists on is­land. But ac­cord­ing on him, it’s not just tal­ent but also ded­i­ca­tion that has earned him this much suc­cess. It was re­fresh­ing to speak with such an hon­est, ma­ture and en­thu­si­as­tic young man. Here’s what he had to say:

How did it all start? Where did the in­spi­ra­tion come from?

Dwight: My in­spi­ra­tion came from my fa­ther. It all started at church where I watched him play the gui­tar. I al­ways had a deep de­sire to join him, along­side other mu­si­cians who played with him. I even­tu­ally took the leap and started to learn my very first in­stru­ment, which was the drums. Af­ter about 10 years of play­ing the drums at church I then moved to the pi­ano, bass gui­tar then rhythm gui­tar, which is now my cur­rent and main in­stru­ment. De­scribe your love for mu­sic.

Dwight: My love for mu­sic is al­most in­de­scrib­able and can’t be com­pared to any­thing in this en­tire world. There’s not a day that goes by and I don’t lis­ten to or play mu­sic. I’ve done many day­breaks and have starved my­self un­in­ten­tion­ally just for the love of mu­sic, do­ing re­search and prac­tis­ing, etc.

Why did you de­cide on the gui­tar? What makes it dif­fer­ent from other in­stru­ments?

Dwight: It was a process. I’ve done key­board classes and drum classes, and I even tried learn­ing the bas­soon, but they all didn’t feel like ‘’Dwight”. But when I fi­nally placed my hand on a gui­tar it was like an “aha” mo­ment from day one. De­scribe the evo­lu­tion of your mu­si­cal ca­reer.

Dwight: It’s been quite the jour­ney, and still is. I have had ups and downs and played with sev­eral bands and artistes such as the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic’s Jazz band, Black Antz; Bar­bara Cadet; Rob Zi Tay­lor; Kayo Gue­varra and Chrycee Charle­magne. Cur­rently I am in two bands: Eval­u­cian and my band, Dy­namix. Through these dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties, av­enues were cre­ated for me to do more and more. I was able to get a lot of ex­po­sure.

What are some of your most sig­nif­i­cant mu­si­cal mem­o­ries?

Dwight: Get­ting to per­form abroad on tour with my band Dy­namix and also play­ing on [Saint Lu­cia] Jazz’s main stage with Kayo as his gui­tarist and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor. Just be­ing able to per­form and ex­pe­ri­ence dif­fer­ent forms of mu­sic in places like Venezuela, Brazil, and French Guiana, etc. I def­i­nitely con­sider these to be bless­ings. What’s it like nav­i­gat­ing and work­ing in the lo­cal mu­si­cal land­scape?

Dwight: Be­ing a young mu­si­cian and work­ing in Saint Lu­cia has been chal­leng­ing. In the ear­lier days I al­ways heard mu­si­cian friends of mine warn me about fight down, and about the neg­a­tive sides of the in­dus­try. I never saw it un­til now as I’m pro­gress­ing into a more ma­ture mu­si­cian. The sup­port has less­ened. Peo­ple start to see you as a threat when you be­gin to progress but my men­tal­ity is just to re­main with my head up and keep pro­gress­ing!

What do you see in store for the fu­ture?

Dwight: My ul­ti­mate goal as a mu­si­cian is to go on tour with a big time artiste. I also have dif­fer­ent in­ten­tions for now such as go­ing to col­lege

to study mu­sic, or con­tin­u­ing work­ing as a gui­tarist and pro­ducer here in Saint Lu­cia. With that said, I be­lieve that Saint Lu­cia has a lot of changes to make in or­der for a mu­si­cian to live com­fort­ably. I wish to be that change, but for now my fo­cus is to reach in­ter­na­tional au­di­ences and then, af­ter ac­com­plish­ing my goals, come back home to be the dif­fer­ence that we mu­si­cians need.

What would you rec­om­mend to those younger, or even older than you who are pur­su­ing mu­si­cal ca­reers?

Dwight: I would ad­vise ev­ery per­son who wishes to pur­sue mu­sic as a ca­reer to just re­main fo­cused. Only the passionate sur­vive. It won’t be a walk in the park where you can just show up, make a big hit, then be rich and fa­mous. It’s a process of trial and er­ror, mak­ing mis­takes, etc. The most im­por­tant thing is that you learn and keep on go­ing. Fo­cus, be hum­ble and don’t fo­cus on only mak­ing money.

Saint Lu­cian mu­si­cian Dwight Florent.

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