By Samuel Louis
Being different and staying authentic is a dream goal for every band. The Haitian Music Industry (HMI) has few bands which can brag about their originality — Akoustik is one such band. While they have not gained a special place in the spotlight, their originality is matched by no other. Founded in 2014, by young singers Joel Pierrevil and Elder C. Jeune Joseph, Akoustic is made up of Pierrevil and Joseph, as well as; guitarist Sebastien Denis, drummer Ricardo Dumond, bass player Clyde Duverne, trumpet player Stanley Laforest, saxophonist Fedner Moreau and pianist Steevenson Michel. These talented youngsters infused a refreshing sound in the different genres they played from Rasin to Konpa to Reggae, adding a personal touch in every interpretation of a song they play. They’ve released four songs titled, “Syèl”, “Komplike”, “Ayibobo” and “Vayb la bon”. The first two are in collaboration with EDM DJ and producer Gardy Girault and artist J. Perry .
In order to produce quality music, they work with the best producers such as Girault, Michael “Mikaben” Benjamin, Manitonation, Pipo Beat, Fabrice Rouzier, Jael Auguste, Sanders Solon and Haspen. Now that they have gained some popularity and visibility, the band is cherishing the great project of releasing its first album before the end of the year.
Despite their dream to crossover to international markets, bringing the Haitian music and culture to another level and conquering hearts all over the world, , these young musicians prefer to settle in their native country for now, growing their popularity and playing across the capital and provinces.. In addition to their original sound and the diverse style, this band brings a different message through its lyrics for the youth, as seen in their last and well-appreciated song “Vayb la bon.” And this is the path that they intend to keep, always bringing an authentic, natural touch in every song and always bringing inspirational messages through their lyrics.
The least we could say is that with this pace, Akoustik will soon become a stellar band in the HMI, as they themselves aim to.