Souleye came a long way to arrive at his 2012 full-length debut, “Iron Horse Running”. Every inch of the album’s invigorating and infectious alternative hip hop finds Souleye culling his past, present and even future with bravery and clarity. In 2009, after meeting his wife, Alanis Morissette, and relocating to California, life began to evolve and morph rapidly.
Souleye (born Mario Treadway) has earned rave reviews and a rabid following for his unusual and powerful style that is evident in songs such as “SPIN THE BOTTLE” and “NIGHT OWL,” on the albums “BALANCE IN BABYLON” and “INTERGALACTIC VIBES” which also helped him claim a spot on CMJ’s Top 20 charts for 6 straight weeks.
Souleye’s career formally started after he won a spot on Jam Cruise in 2005, a contest put on by Relix magazine that included members of P-Funk, Les Claypool, Digable Planets, Michael Franti, Bella Fleck and Bassnectar.
His love of writing began as a young 10-year-old man in Massachusetts where he was born and raised. Post-Jam Cruise, SOULEYE has performed with such Dj’s and mc’s as Bassnectar (for two years), The Glitch Mob, String Cheese Incident, Michael Franti, Sound Tribe Sector 9, and has performed at festivals Coachella, Burning Man, Ultra Music Festival, South By Southwest, Symbiosis, Harmony and Shambhala as well as numerous others across America, Canada, Europe and Australia.
He’s been touted as “hip hop’s medicine man”, “America’s new leading edge voice” and “a modern day hip hop warrior.” With over 500 shows under his belt, he continues to hone his unparalleled ability to freestyle and slay his sweaty and hungry audiences, who look to him for guidance, inspiration and profound entertainment.