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Hotseat - Devonte Leslie

809_HotseatCurran Pierre, otherwise known as X104.3FM's "Devonte Leslie" or "Snow", is a down-to-earth and headstrong individual who takes life easy and enjoys making others laugh. Now a regular on the air at one of St. Maarten's top radio stations, Curran is enjoying the limelight, as well as the opportunities to grow.

Where were you born? Tell me a little about where you grew up.

Roseau Dominica is where I was born. It's a beautiful island. I was raised in a tiny village on the coast, called St. Joseph. My grandfather took me fishing and "took me to garden" as he used to say until I was 5 or 6 years old. He taught me how to live off the land, and one time I actually brought home dinner. From inception to production, I killed, gutted, and cooked a goat for my grandmother! You get used to manual labour real quick growing up like I did; fertilizing banana trees, digging up yams and potatoes with my bare hands. I'll never regret the small-village atmosphere I grew up in. I feel like it made me a more rounded person.

Where did you go to school?

I started off at S.D.A. School in Orange Grove, Cole Bay, where I quickly picked up the Dutch language. Then I attended St. Maarten Academy P.S.V.E. I honestly must say that at first I wasn't taking school as seriously as I should have. However, after a while I grew tired of hearing the stereotypical banter from people saying that all kids from SXM Academy P.S.V.E were inept to some degree. That's when I began to "go hard". And I made out with the highest English scores out of the entire school that year.

What did you do after high school?

After high school I enrolled myself in the SBO Maritime Assistant Course. After graduating in the top 3 students of the program, I was awarded the Paul Marshall Sailing Scholarship, as well as a job offer the same night to be a tender operator. I've escorted some of the largest, beautiful and most sophisticated vessels through the Simpson Bay Bridge, as I became the right-hand man to my dock master working at PDP Marina. I then went on to work at almost every marine-oriented business on Simpson Bay Lagoon, from Isle Del Sol Marina to F.K.G Marine rigging and Fabricating. I was even a tour guide at Rhino Safari Tours behind Pineapple Pete's Budget Marine, St. Maarten Sails; you name it I've worked there!

What is your current profession?

Currently I'm one of the on-air personnel at X104.3. I also do a ton of behind-the-scenes production and programming for the station.

So what does your typical work day look like?

Well, I usually start off with programming for the station's night time content line up'

Then I'm on air from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

What is the most challenging thing about working at the studio?

Planning! Seriously, ask anyone who knows me. I'm like the worst planner of anything ever. But I am learning to be proactive in that respect. Taking notes helps! (Shout out to ma supervisor Fe' Fe')

What do you love most about your job?

Interacting with people on the phone and giving them chances to win stuff! As long as I'm giving, I'm usually happy!

What would you say is your dream job?

Just being an all-round entertainer! I hope this doesn't sound like bragging, but I know people who would give anything to have one of the talents I have. So I cannot waste it!

Who/what inspires you most?

First of all, let me just say that God is the inspiration of all life. Then there's Marty Robbins from the 1940's with songs like "El Paso" I just pove that song to pieces! I miss the days when music's lyrics actually took you on a journey in your head!

What other hidden skills or talents do you have?

I can write stories, sing, dance, act; I play the d'jembe (a West African Drum), I recite poems and I do accent mimicry.

Do you have any hobbies or interests?

I love gaming and I can do it for hours at a time! I just love first-person shooters.

Shooters like Call of Duty and Battlefield!

What are your ambitions for the future?

I hope to build some steam and use my current situation as a launch pad for meeting and working with influential individuals.

What was your happiest moment?

When I brought my PlayStation 3 home for the very first time!

What is your biggest fear?

I'm afraid of rejection, I guess, as is everyone else I suppose, but when I give love to a woman, I intend to give every imaginable fibre of my very existence to her, and I do so instinctively. However, my biggest fear is not having that same dedication given back to me.

What encouragement would you give to young persons, who are thinking about what to do with their future?

You know, I always heard people give answers to this question before... and it's usually some kind of cliché that people can't relate to. So I say this, move through the world with the knowledge that you are of intrinsic value. Never let anyone tell you otherwise, and have a strong bench. I don't care how "gangster" or self-sufficient you think you are. Everybody needs somebody.

What would be your alternate choice as a place to live and work?

Wakefield, New York, working for Hot 97FM

If you could invite three famous people (dead or alive) for dinner, who would they be? What would be the one question you would ask and what would you serve them to eat?

Marty Robbins, Bill Nye and Jim Reeves. We'd all have Mac and Cheese with Vienna Sausages! (I'm a simple guy remember?) And the one question I'd have for them all is... can you teach me?