It has been a long road in a short life for hip hop artist N8 Douce.
Born in St. John’s as Nate Doucette, he has seen a host of trials and tribulations along a tough road.
Drawn to music at an early age, N8 began playing guitar at age four, following in his musical father’s footsteps. This led to a love of music through his pre-teen and teen years. His musical taste was evolving throughout that time and then at 15, he discovered a new genre that grabbed him … hip hop.
“When I was 15, a friend showed me this artist — Jokez (Damon Field) — and I knew what I wanted to do,’’ Doucette said.
“I listened to his music and it inspired me. His sound was unreal and after I researched how he did it, making the music on a home studio in his mother’s bedroom was mind blowing,’’ he said.
The professional sound and the fullness of the recordings were second to none, he said.
"While I like a bunch of different artists, I am trying to develop my own sound, so I don’t sound like anyone else." — Nate Doucette (N8 Douce)
Jokez died by suicide, something Doucette said was difficult for him to comprehend. While he was trying to fathom why, he began writing little raps, put his thoughts down on paper and started to perform them.
He was signed to a record label in Ontario (Urecords) and off he went on his musical journey.
“I don’t have a specific genre that I use, but I would say East Coast rap style is my main go-to. That includes artists like Classified,’’ he said.
“While I like a bunch of different artists, I am trying to develop my own sound, so I don’t sound like anyone else.’’
And while on that road, he found and fell into addictions. That led to depression and anxiety.
“It all goes with it. Music has helped me cope with the addictions and I have been five years sober, something I am proud of,’’ he said.
“I want to put a positive message out there with my music, and much of my work is based on the experiences I have.”
Doucette has a regular job when he is not making music, is the proud father of a three-year-old son and three step-children, in addition to being a partner to the three-year-old’s mother.
Doucette has written a host of tunes for his upcoming debut album “Resurrection,” which is set to be released in late spring.
He said there are 13 tracks ready and recorded for the release and as the time draws closer, he thinks he will add two more, capping the total at 15.
The recordings are approximately 3 ½ minutes each and the work began on those in September 2018. He plays multiple instruments and that helped.
“I play keyboards so that served as a base for me to get the tracks started. Guitar came natural to me, so I use that, too, and my longest and best friend (Chris Collins of the band East Isle Wind) is a drummer so he helped me with those beats as well,’’ he said.
Throughout his career, N8 Douce has opened for artists that include Pitbull and a variety of big level shows at Mile One and bars and clubs across Canada. Those include Spring Fling at Mile One, St. John’s bars Club One, Distortion and the Rock House.
He has met and chatted with artists including Pit Bull. He said during his performances, people were surprised to learn he was a home-grown talent.
N8 Douce has a great deal of respect for Merkules, who gave him some sage advice recently.
“He told me that ‘no matter how many bumps there are in the road, or how hard it is, don’t give up. No one is going to do it for you. Hard work and perseverance will do it for you,’” Doucette said.
He’s taking those words of wisdom, his crew and his talents with him towards the release of “Resurrection” and on the road later this spring and summer.
N8 Douce will open for Peter Jackson at a show in March at The Rockhouse in St. John’s and also has a three-week tour scheduled for July which will take him to Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto.
He is sponsored by Grow Crazy Canada and is supported by his record label Synchronous Global.
More about N8’s beats
N8 Douce (Nate Doucette) has launched a website and is ramping up his social media presence in advance of the release of his first studio album.
His Facebook fan page has more than doubled the number of followers and his audience continues to see substantial growth amongst key demographics