Lyle Divinsky opens up about joining The Motet, which performs Thursday in Beaver Creek
If you go ...
What: The Motet perform
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek
When: Thursday, Aug. 31, 8 p.m.
More information: Visit www.vvf.org
A Boston Celtics fan, singer Lyle Divinsky can appreciate hard work.
At age of 32, the former solo act known as the Sasquatch of Soul has come from performing in New York subways to now touring with Denver-based funk band The Motet.
“The cool thing about The Motet as I’ve come into it is that it’s constantly evolving,” Divinsky said, who joined the band a little more than a year ago. “I really love and respect the willingness to go anywhere if it’s true and genuine. This crew of people is absolutely incredible.”
The Motet was formed in 1998 and currently is made up of drummer Dave Watts, guitarist Ryan Jalbert, keyboardist Joey Porter, saxophonist Drew Sayers, bassist Garrett Sayers, trumpeter Gabe Mervine and Divinsky adding the vocals.
The band performs at the Vilar Performing Arts Center today at 8 p.m., and tickets are $30.
‘A FUZZY MAN’
After moving to New York after college, Divinsky struggled to make ends meet as a performer. He was performing in a coffee shop for a few days, wondering how he would actually make money in the real world.
Walking home one night, he saw a street performer and eventually worked up the courage to give it a shot. While it was a challenge to get people’s attention, it was also an interesting social study for the singer.
“When you’re on the subway platform, it doesn’t matter whether you’re a successful Wall Street investor or whether you’re homeless — you’re on the same platform in the same place in the same circumstance,” Divinsky said. “It’s fun to see how everyone interacts with each other, especially when you give them some good soul music to back it up.”
During his seven years performing in New York, Divinsky picked up his nickname from a fan in the crowd — and the Sasquatch of Soul was born.
“I guess I’m from Maine and I’m kind of built for cold climates, we’ll say,” he said. “I’m a fuzzy man and I’m always about 10 degrees warmer than everybody else.”
So when the performances heated up in small clubs, Divinsky had no problem stripping to his tank top to perform, and out of the crowd emerged, “Sasquatch! Sasquatch of Soul!”
“I think it’s hilarious,” he said. “The fuzz is a part of me.”
Before Divinsky ever met the other members of The Motet, they had already written two songs together.
“I know it sounds staged, but it was fast family,” Divinsky said. “Almost immediately the chemistry was there and it just felt right.”
Having built his solo career and releasing his solo record, “Uneven Floors,” Divinsky still didn’t think twice when the opportunity to join The Motet came up through some mutual friends.
The band sent two instrumentals to Divinsky to sing over as a “tryout.” After locking himself in his studio to complete the songs, he sent them back. The songs turned out to be “The Truth” and “Fool No More,” the first two songs on the band’s “Totem” album.
“It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up even though I had put a lot of effort into my solo record,” he said. “But that said, I’m really happy with where I’m at and think it’s the best decision I could have made.”
The Motet have integrated Divinsky’s voice into the band instead of trying to change his style, something the singer appreciates. The band, based out of Denver, will be performing across the state as part of their cross-country tour.
“We’re excited to be able to do a little tour of our home state,” Divinsky said. “We’re really lucky to be able to tour all around the country, but we also live in one of the most beautiful states.”
Watch out when The Motet get the Vilar Center rocking. Things could heat up.
“If so, then you’re going to see a little bit more of the Sasquatch,” Divinsky said.
Entertainment & Outdoors editor Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2984 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Instagram @colorado_livin_on_the_hill.