House. Music for your mind, your body, and soul. British-born, Toronto-based brothers d'pac and Yogi understand this to be so. Together, as the Soul Immigrants, they climb inside the vibe to create house music that puts the ill in chill, the art in smart, and a smile in any listeners heart. Theirs is a world where funk and jazz meet Afro and Latin rhythms; where sophisticated soul meets down n dirty disco all resulting in subtle, sexy songs that can take us there.
"It's difficult to express, but there is a feeling you get when instruments and vocals blend to create a harmony that reaches deep within." d'pac
"Soul is spirit! People can get in touch with their, spirit via Music. We work to incorporate this feeling into our production, and give our music a deep, soulful sound that people can discover, feel and understand." Yogi
The road to connecting with ones creative spirit is never a straight one. Like most people, dpac and Yogi have traveled their fair share of twists and turns. Immigrating to Canada from Central England in 1986, the brothers arrived in Toronto just as underground dance music was growing some serious roots in North America. Their early exposure to Detroit techno, and both Chicago and New York house gave them the basic foundation to experiment with sound and technology. Both played guitar from an early age, and later learned keyboards, percussion, synths and samplers.
Nearby Detroit called particularly strongly, with the brothers visiting the motor city often to hear and buy music. In their travels, the pair met Detroit producer Chez Damier co-owner of Prescription Records with Ron Trent who was then working with the legendary Kevin Saunderson. Damier and Saunderson heard and enjoyed dpac and Yogi's early production work, and the brothers soon found themselves recording and remixing works for labels such as Prescription, Saundersons KMS, and its sister label Serious Grooves.
They formed their own Different Shades Productions, and began to receive much attention and respect from the underground in response to dpac and Terrence FMs "I Wouldnt" (1st. release on Prescription) and d'pac's "Everybody" EP (Serious Grooves), both released in 1993.
Aiming to incorporate soul as a key ingredient in their music and to give their songs a timeless feel, the brothers got serious and officially formed as a duo under their current Soul Immigrants moniker. Closer to home, they heard that legendary Toronto house heads Dino & Terry were looking to release local talent on their Crash label. Soul Immigrants submitted a demo, and a month later it was out on the shelves.