Interview: Toronto's The Soul Motivators


The Soul Motivators can be summed up in 3 words: Sexy Funk Machine.

Their self-titled EP was released earlier this year and, due to popular demand, has had a significant amount of airtime. The song 'Gravy train', written by James Robinson, did not disappoint with its complex groove and funky baselines, giving you that sweet sexy feeling of funkiness.

Lydia Persaud, the 23 year old vocalist and only female in the band, has an earthy sense of self that comes through in her soothing voice and vibrant performances. Having recently receiving the Oscar Peterson Award in fall of 2012, her presence in the group completes the package perfectly.

Lydia Persaud by Don Vickery

The nine-piece band has been together for about three years and is always performing in the city. Last year they opened for Lee Fields and Afrika Bambaataa. Huge deal! Their live shows are followed by large crowds and has venues inviting them back again-and-again with open arms. This soulful band is taking the funk scene to a whole new level in city of Toronto. Based on the turnout at their shows, you could say the city is very grateful.

The New Soul Motivators album is available on iTunes and fine record shops everywhere. If you are in the mood for some awesome vibes and killer beats, then "Lay down the boogie and play that funky music till you die" by visiting The Soul Motivators at their next gig.

Figure It Out, Del

The Soul Motivators will be performing at the Garrison (1197 Dundas West) on Friday May 17, 2013 @ 9pm alongside Babalao Stereo Club & DJ Paul E. Lopes.