Slaves to the Groove / Press

“It is with great pleasure that I write this endorsement for Slaves to the Groove. I had the pleasure to work and observe these young artists in the summer of 2013 at the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario (SSO) - a provincial health charity dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illness... ...These young men showed a level of musical range and stage presence that brought the energy back into the audience during a chilly summer night. From vocals, bass, drums and keyboards, Slaves to the Grooves are master performers, song writers and musicians. They have a clear passion for the music and a strong sense of the audience’s energy and passions – and perform accordingly... ...It is for their musical depth, stage presence, and consonant professionalism that I would recommend Slaves to the Groove for any musical performance or show...”

"Slaves to the booze"

“Slaves to the Sluuuuuu's !!!”

Steve Perry

“Scarborough band, Slaves to the Groove are a band that has been bringing excitement and pleasure to clubs and bars in Toronto for a couple years now. The band features Mark Dalgarno on vocals/guitar, Curtis Clark on drums, and Khaleel Seivwright on keyboards... ...Team work and collaboration is very important according to Clark. “One person will write a tune and the lyrics and bring it in, and we all kind of work on it together.” Clark also said, “More like one person brings in the main idea and we all kinda just work on it from there.” Dalgarno agrees with Clark. “It’s where it must head; it’s cool for every member to be really creative and write their own things and practice, but if it’s a band, I think it’s best for everyone to participate in the lyrics, the music, everything, and that’s something that I guess we’re tryin’ to move towards – all of us creating – coming up with ideas.””

“There is no accurate description of this group so I will simply give you my notes on them. Be prepared. Elements of blues and jazz among fuzzy guitars and bass adding to bongo drums and analog pianos reciting poetic ramblings and singing two feet off the floor accompanied by tribal dancing dressed in Mexican wrestling masks. And don’t forget the addition of some reggae and ska elements. The band was like an interesting art project that you know was worth millions but you did not quite understand why. An entertaining experience worth trying for yourself.”

“Newly nineteen, Slaves to the Groove consists of U of T rst year Mark Dalgarno on guitar, Khaleel Seivwright on organ and lead vocals, and Curtis Clark on drums... ...Despite their young age, they’ve had their fair share of dealing with the Toronto music scene, promoters, and well known venues such as El Mocambo and Rancho Relaxo. To get straight to the point, these guys have been playing 19+ shows since long before they turned nineteen... ...Slaves to the Groove really seem to understand what the art of playing and listening and feeling music is all about. If you ever see them live, it is clear in the way they play. Half the time, all three of them have their eyes closed as their hands dart like mad birds over strings or keys or drums. You can feel and see that they have reached the Groove. For music is not about age or money or what venues you can play at. It is a transcendent power. It is human expression. It is an art that makes the best and worst of us a slave to the Groove”