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'I’m still pushing,’ says barber who wants full-time singing gig

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Michael Doucet is working towards a full-time singing career as Mike D Man (Photograph supplied)

If you have not heard Mike D Man’s tunes on Power 95 or Ocean 89, you can likely catch them at Ricky’s Barber Shop, where he makes sure they are on rotation.

It is one of the benefits of having a job where clients have little else to do but sit and take in their surroundings.

His latest songs, I Ain’t Mad At You and Nobody, are both about relationships. It gives the musical barber an easy talking point with customers, most of whom know him as Mike Doucet.

“The first one is a carnival song. It’s on the soca/calypso genre and it's actually pretty good,” he said. “The lyrics are talking about how when people go to a soca party they might dance with somebody else's boyfriend or husband; you might grip somebody's wife or girlfriend but I ain’t mad at you for partying. Even if you dance with somebody else, I ain’t mad at you – have fun, enjoy the moment.”

Nobody is a mix of Afrobeats and R & B about cherishing relationships.

“So basically it’s talking about how nobody’s better than you; about people in relationships, how they should cherish them. It just breaks down to enjoy who you’re with.”

The singer has had fantastic feedback on both songs, particularly the latter.

“It’s the best response of any song I put out, ever,” he said. “I put it on Twitter for people to hear. I put it on Instagram and it’s got the most feedback out of all my songs I’ve released.”

His goal is to “push them to the maximum” now that he knows people are interested.

“Once you start, you just find the right beat, then you get a little vibe to the beat and start putting pieces of the song together. And if you prepare before you get to the studio it's easy like that,” he said.

The success has come with the help of “one of the best producers in Bermuda”. Docuet is keeping his identity under wraps for now.

“He doesn’t like me to tell people his name. We kind of work in a team effort. We both put our ideas together and create together,” he said.

His journey as a singer started about seven years ago. His hope is that eventually he will be able to do it full-time.

“For now I’m a barber. The singing is not really financing me to take care of my lifestyle yet, but I'm still pushing. I have been letting people hear my music almost everywhere I go. I’m working on putting together an album so if people want to purchase it they can but they can also get all my music online.”


Doucet is also looking forward to regularly showcasing his musical range in albums and live performances.

“I have albums that I’d like to sell. I could be doing live performances where people will actually come and see me perform on stage. That’s what I’m working towards.”

With that in mind, his focus is on “pushing some quality music out” rather than doing “little gigs”.

“If they like the music then eventually, when I feel like there is a call for me, I will do live performances. I need the material. I need enough good songs to make people want to come to listen to me in the first place,” he said.

“I actually released an EP last year – that’s four songs – and that got great feedback so I’m making my way. People like to listen to it so far so I guess it’s just a matter of getting more people to hear me, so they know that I exist.”

It is an attainable goal. Even though his starting point is an island in the middle of the Atlantic, Doucet believes.

Michael Doucet is working towards a singing career as Mike D Man (Photograph supplied)

“I wouldn’t say it’s tough because I think it's gonna be tough anywhere in the world. You just have to find the ways to be seen. I might have to start putting myself everywhere where events are going on, it’s just a matter of marketing and promoting yourself.

“Looking forward, I have new music coming out. I’m going to try and release new music almost every month. I’m going to keep doing it. I'm gonna keep pushing so I have at least a new single every month. That’s what I’m working towards.”

I Ain’t Mad At You and Nobody are on Apple Music, iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, YouTube and other streaming music platforms. Follow @_mike_d_man on Instagram and @mikedmanns on Twitter

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Published July 13, 2022 at 7:48 am (Updated July 14, 2022 at 8:02 am)

'I’m still pushing,’ says barber who wants full-time singing gig

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