Désert, whose family members are all natives of Haiti, is the first member of his family born in the United States. As a child, Désert remembers that M*A*S*H inspired him to be a doctor until his brother informed him that Hawkeye and the gang were actors. From that moment on, he was inspired to perform.
In addition to his acting career, Désert is one of the lead singers in Hepcat, a ska/reggae band that has toured the United States and Europe with bands such as, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones and The Specials. Having released four albums, Hepcat's exposure has included national magazine features and an appearance on The Conan O’Brien Show. He also lends his vocal talents to the Los Angeles based reggae collective, The Lions, whose latest album is available on Stone's Throw records.