A Soul Clap is a clap made on the eighth note of a beat. The Boston-bred duo of Eli Goldstein and Charles Levine bring their soulful disco, funk, and hip-hop influenced house all over the world to footloose crowds hungry for a good time. They've been making beats together since they were teens and recently they got together with Wolf + Lamb to create DJ Kicks.
We've been talking to Soul Clap this week at Crossfade. They shared their top ten Miami jams with us. But we thought we'd get to know the music men a little better, so we asked them about leaving Beantown, Miami's food truck roundup, and the essentials of EFUNK.
What is the main element that makes your parties so much fun?
While we sometimes do feel heavy emotions about the music we play, we rarely take ourselves too seriously. We love to dance in the booth and sing along while we DJ and we strongly feel that when the crowd sees you having fun they're right there getting down with you!
Are you guys still involved in the Boston scene? How is it there? Any music coming out of Beantown we should know about?
Its been almost two years since we've moved out of Boston and things there have changed quite a bit from our time living there and throwing parties. There are still a bunch of quality DJ events that go down, like Wednesday nights at the Phoenix Landing and Thursday nights at the Middlesex Lounge (both in Cambridge). In terms of music coming out of Boston all fingers are pointed at Tanner Ross our Wolf + Lamb label mate and the crown prince of E-Funk. We've written an EP together thats coming out digitally in the next few weeks and Tanner's first solo album should be expected sometime in the fall.
What's the best thing about coming to Miami?
There is really no place on earth like the Electric Pickle. It is such a joy to party with Will the owner and his immediate crew/family. Oh and of course we love the food truck ROUNDDDUUUUUPPPP!
Can you tell us a little about what EFUNK is?
EFUNK is an acronym that stands for Everybody is Freaky Under Natures Kingdom. It's about letting go of your inhibitions, moving your hips in a slow grind to the basslines and losing yourself to those Bernie Worrell influenced toplines. Oh, and if all the pieces of the EFUNK puzzle fit together, hopefully by the end of the party you'll find some lovin', if only for a one night extravaganza.
How'd you guys come up with the idea to do DJ-Kicks with Wolf + Lamb?
We were asked by K7 records to do a joint DJ-Kicks based on the fact that the four of us (Soul Clap and Wolf + Lamb) were living together in a Miami. K7 wanted a DJ mix that captured that moment and energy.
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What are you listening to now that most influences the music you're putting out?
We've really been going back and listening to a lot of Larry Levan DJ mixes. There is so much magic in there. One record that seems to sum up where our heads are at production-wise is Gwen Guthrie Padlock (Larry Levan Mixes). This mini-album is from 1983 and was produced by Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare. It's a perfect example of dubby disco and whats really cool is that if you drop the needle at the beginning of the record the songs weave themselves together so you can dance all the way through to the end!
Soul Clap. Saturday, July 23. Electric Pickle, 2826 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The show starts at 10 p.m. and cover costs $10. Call 305-456-5613 or visit electricpicklemiami.com.