For serious DJs, Charles Levine and Eli Goldstein of Soul Clap don’t take themselves too seriously, turning up to shoots dressed as superheroes and dancing around the stage like nobody’s watching.
Soul Clap’s humility is clearly a winning formula because come set night, the crowd are putty in their hands. Boston based, Levine and Goldstein bonded over a shared love of disco, house and techno records, developing a laid-back sound guaranteed to keep your feet moving until the early hours. The fruits of their partnership thus far include a number sixteen ranking in Resident Advisor’s annual DJ poll, the ‘Extravaganza’ anthem which blew up last summer and most recently their link up with Wolf + Lamb. Soul Clap have toured the world, playing all over the USA, in London, Berlin and Japan. Fresh from putting on a blinder at Bloc festival (held at Butlins in the sleepy down of Minehead) last weekend, i-D Online caught up with the dynamic duo to talk about their new work, the current music scene and ping pong, duh! Check out Soul Clap’s exclusive track for i-D Online here.
Last time we saw you in London you were playing 90s Warehouse party and then popped up at Kubicle with Lee Foss and the gang, how do the crowds in the UK compare to the rest of the world? Buncha nuttas mate! We love playing the UK because everyone’s well up for a bit of fancy dress.
2010 saw you sitting pretty at number 16 in Resident Advisor’s annual DJ poll, how do you plan on continuing world domination in 2011? We were blown away and super thankful we got voted that high. Now we gotta keep grinding and keep making music so we can stay a step ahead of the game. We’ve got our first official mix CD coming out on Jonny White from Art Department’s No. 19 Music then our DJ Kicks with Wolf + Lamb, and we’re working on dropping our album in the winter too. But, most important of all is moichendising, you know moichendising. Soul Clap the flamethrower, Soul Clap the toilet paper and of course the Soul Clap pregnancy test.
You guys are great at keeping your blog looking good, how important is harnessing new technology to reach out to your fans? Yes, it’s much easier to control your fans when they’re in a harness. But, seriously we’ve found the fax machine has really helped us reach people much more effectively than the telegraph.
What do you like doing in your downtime outside of music? Duh, ping-pong.
What’s exciting you currently on the music scene? Well, we’re a bit biased, but we love everything Tanner Ross, Voices of Black, Double Hill and Greg Paulus are doing right now. Outside of our circle we’re really into Little Dragon, Hercules + Love Affair, Julio Bashmore and Tom Trago.
Very much looking forward to your Wolf + Lamb DJ kicks collaboration dropping, what can we expect from the album and how did this partnership come about? We’ve become tighter and tighter with Gadi + Zev since we crossed paths a couple years back, so it was totally natural to work on the Kicks together. We actually wrote some of the tracks and made the mix while living together in Miami. While we originally thought of it as a versus thing, the mix ended up being a collection of music from the Wolf + Lamb family. A few old jams, but mostly new exclusive tracks and interludes. We tried to capture the feeling of a morning at The Marcy, running through different moods, emotions and tempos, but definitely designed for cracking on in your living room.
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