Q&A: Soul Clap On Meeting Diddy, Wolf + Lamb Initiation Rituals & Fighting For No Reason in Beantown
"Before today was yesterday and tomorrow is the future," but this is what happened in between. In a very short period of time, Boston party starters Soul Clap splashed down onto the international scene in their quantized spaceship of funk. Eli Goldstein and Charles Levine were pulled up and into the superstar DJ world by the animal hands of Wolf + Lamb (the duo, the label, the idea) and funked their way to the top. They started with an unprecedented string of absolutely stellar R&B edits and quickly moved to the upper echelon of a new breed of pitched-down househeads, taking their game on the road with their pals to all corners of the world. With their debut album EFUNK (Wolf + Lamb), they've come into their own as producers as well. We sat down with the affable brotherly-like duo at The Marcy Hotel, Wolf + Lamb's East Coast headquarters/office/party bunker.
How did you guys end up getting drawn into this family?
Charlie: Well, we stumbled into the Marcy about 2007-2008, it was the Mini-Tech Festival, and we just heard that there was an afterhours, and we ended up here
Eli: Seth Troxler, Lee Curtiss, Shaun Reeves were playing.
Charlie: This is how to do it! And from then I met Zev that night. [To Eli] I didn't meet Gadi that night&30151;did you?
Eli: No, I didn't meet either of them.
Charlie: I met Zev, and I was with an ex-girlfriend. We were still at the stage where we were handing out a lot of business cards, so of course I saunter up, give him the business card; he's like, "Sure sure, buddy," and then proceeds to hit on my ex-girlfriend, so I was glad that she was there to kind of bait him. From there we started communicating over Skype, and we really saw a similarity, two partners that had been in it for a long time with very similar musical desires...
Eli: And work ethics.
It's seems like such a tight-knit family that I imagine you guys having some sort of initiation ritual or beat people in.
Charlie: Maybe lie on a staircase with mattresses, and feed someone a hit of nitrous, and throw 'em down?
Charlie: Then we sent them the 'Love Light' and 'Conscious' edits, and those became staples in their DJ sets...
Eli: To the point where they started Wolf + Lamb Black, the bootleg label. But until now, we didn't have a release on Wolf + Lamb proper.
Charlie: Yeah, this is our first release.
I didn't realize that.
Charlie: Talking about our edits though, the one that if it came out, would just crush, would totally be "Extravaganza."
I honestly have never even heard the original version. Why would you? I consider yours the standard.
There was this really funny moment at DC-10, where we were introduced to Diddy, and it was like, "Oh, those were the guys that did the Jaime Foxx edit," and like, he knows? And Bad Boy is a subdivision of Atlantic, and Jaime Foxx is on Atlantic? So I was hoping that there would be this conversation where it would be like, "Hey, Puff, like come on, man!"