Reggae/ Dancehall singer, Bernard Darroux also known as Redz was born to parents Simon Darroux and Bernadette Gordon on the 20th December 1983 in the village of Marigot. Six months later he moved to the small community of Tarish Pitt with his mom and was raised in a single parent home along with his siblings. He is the 4th of five children, having three brothers and one sister. He attended the Goodwill Primary School, The Dominica Grammar School and Dominica State College, then he went on to pursue a career as a Police Officer. However, he has always had a burning passion for music and invested his spare time in developing his musical talents.
He identified his mother Bernadette as the reason he first feel in love with music, “Listening to my mom daily singing at home inspired me to pursue singing and songwriting”. His musical inspirations are Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, Jah Cure and Bunji Banton. The first genre of music he was attracted to was Rap and then he later developed a love for reggae and dancehall.
Bernard describes himself as possessing the following qualities, born leader, good interpersonal skills, humble, hardworking and influential in his community. He uses music to express his feelings about life in his community and other subject matters which evoke his emotions.
Redz first performed on stage at The National Teenage Pageant in 1998, with the musical group Era Squad. They sang their original Bouyon song ‘Bounce With Me’. He recorded his first album called ‘The End Is Just The Beginning’ in 2002 during his high school years. He was the winner of the Maya And Telya 2004 reggae competition at Ma Totos Park in Grand Bay, with his song ‘Do You Love Dominica?’
He has worked as a musical Producer music for over six years with the Royal Sons Family, written several songs and is a member of the Police Unity Band as a singer for the past three years. His musical goals are to make a hit album, become a mainstream artiste, spread unity and positivity through his lyrics and one day to be internationally recognized for singing and/or songwriting. He has numerous songs he has written which are yet to be recorded and released. Some of his recorded music has be aired on local radio stations. They include Go to school and learn, Do you love Dominica and We can do it.