Photo by Bill Kennedy
SOUL CLAP / CREW LOVE
Hailing from Boston, Charles Levine and Eli Goldstein make up the dreamy DJ duo, Soul Clap. They are currently on tour with their new album, ‘Soul Clap,’ which they describe as “music from an eclectic universe, where creativity and mystery are the guides.”
Eli and Charles have a rare and insightful take on electronic music that breaks through the limitations that often cages others and as DJs they have held residencies everywhere from Circo Loco at DC10 Ibiza, to Output in New York. “Long ago our mentor Caril Mitro from Vinyl Connection [a record store in their hometown of Boston] taught us that ‘House wears many hats.’ That means that the music that we love so much comes in many shapes and sizes,” explains Eli. “We are children of the 80’s and 90’s so funk and hip hop were our early influences, but discovering the rave and being led into house and disco, these genres feel very organic and homegrown to us. We carry these influences in our attitudes and beings. Music has the incredible power to shape a personality and it has molded us into the artists we have become. ”
For Charlie funk is his foundation, for Eli it’s jazz, and as their infamous Yoyoyo 90’ s Jam parties testified (playing only classics from the era), they have the ability to transform and lead in more than one movement. “Back in the day at the Warehouse in Chicago with Frankie Knuckles or The Paradise Garage with Larry Levan there was no one sound that dominated musically. It was all about diversity and eclecticism. This was the ethos then and it is a very large philosophy behind us individually and as Soul Clap. In fact it is diversity in sound that initially brought us together back in the 90's and it is the yin-yang nature of us today that pushes us forward into the FUTURE!