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White Girl Lust
Last Night a DJ Saved My Life
by Christina Li on Aug 04, 2009
Fresh from their recent first live gig at Vessel which almost literally rocked the house, White Girl Lust, consisting of Eric Kozak and Clay Meador, has been busy at work with a new music video and tunes for their loyal and future fans. Infusing everything from disco to funk, their beats are original, full of rhythm and, most importantly, dance floor ready. Answering a few questions from SF Station, it’s clear to see these two are bound for success and ready to conquer.
SF Station (SFS): How did you guys meet and decide to become a duo?
WGL (White Girl Lust): We have been best friends since we were 2-years old! We met through our parents who used to do music gigs together. We have been collaborating since playing Star Wars toys. It's just a good thing we both like music instead of Dungeons and Dragons.
SFS: Where did White Girl Lust come from?
Eric Kozak (EK): I had been putting out drum 'n bass records under D.Ecco & Sabotage for Andy C's Frequency label in the UK. I had started making some pretty far out d'nb tracks like covering Iggy Pop's "Wanna Be Your Dog". Clay had just moved in our house/studio after graduating college and he helped out in some of these sessions. Regardless, these tracks were too far out for such a "traditional" record label. HA!
Clay Meador (CM): The name came from one of these drum 'n bass tracks that had electroclash-style vocals from a stripper Eric knew. It was supposed to sound slutty but instead sounded like a valley girl. We wrote "White Girl" on the demo CD. The name caught on for the new project.
SFS: How did you enjoy your recent first live performance at Vessel?
CM: We got the opportunity to do a Solid Bump night to kick off the label to the general public because until recently only other DJs were exposed to the label. Eric and I have been thinking since day one about how to present our music in a more "live" way. We only had a couple of weeks to put it all together but it came out great both in turn out and performance.
EK: The highlights were the vocal songs. We did a brand new track with a real fun vocal from Alona (a local disco DJ) that got people going nuts. As the last song, we did a track where Alona & I sat in on with the 40 Thieves. We brought up Qzen from 40 Thieves and built it into an acid freak out. It was so fun. Clay playing bass live really added a lot. I want to get a drummer involved as well.
CM: I think it is a real challenge to DJ a party and have people recognize you as an original "artist" so us developing the live element of WGL is key. We will definitely be doing it again soon. Check out youtube for a video from the last show - I think it shows how fun it was.
SFS: Who would you say are some of your influences?
WGL: Our influences are diverse... cliché but true. We grew up on 90s rap and funky house. Talking Heads have always been a huge influence. The Wicked Crew's mixtapes were constantly being played as kids. Producers like Sneak, Guy Homme from Daft Punk/ Le Knight Club, The Avalanche, The Bomb Squad, Green Velvet. More recently people like Matthew Dear, Soulwax, In Flagranti are often referenced.
SFS: There seems to be a trend in disco coming up, very much infusing itself in electro. What do you guys think about that?
WGL: The whole "electro-banger" thing has gotten out of control. All the funk and soul got killed by blog house. The disco house from Chicago influenced the French scene of the late 90s that then turned into what Ed Banger is doing now. Justice had some funk in it but the trend that it set off turned ridiculous real fast. We wanted to get the vibe that made those old tracks so great and update it. It looks like we may have been on to something as there is some great stuff coming out like Knightlife, Armand Van Helden and A-Trak's Duck Sauce, and Darling Records. When we started Solid Bump the tracks didn't seem to fit anywhere but now we definitely see a new sound coming that matches the label perfectly.
SFS: How did you guys get up with Solid Bump Records?
EK: We started it from the ground up ourselves. We were starting to produce our first original tracks based off the idea of fusing classic funk & disco in with a modern club styles. We didn't see it fitting with any other label's sound. Clayton straight peer pressured me into the idea of starting the label - ha! My former drum 'n bass partner is marketing manager at Beatport, so we had a way to start it immediately.
CM: Cobra Krames recommended us to Seed Distribution who handles Fools Gold and Trouble & Bass. They liked the concept and really got behind the label. That made us figure out how to step the concept up to something bigger. It has taken a year to get our footing but each release sells better and gets more attention.
SFS: Who are some of your favorite San Francisco DJs?
WGL: Local people that inspire us the most are people striving to bring things beyond just $100 bar gigs. Someone that has a bigger vision. Our biggest influence, although the music is different than we play or produce, is Dirtybird. They built a community based around their sound and label. We are building our label with a similar approach. Other people that are thinking bigger are Lazer Sword who have really stepped it up with touring and building a fan base. Shane King is doing great parties with his Hacksaw Entertainment. Jeffery Paradise and Richie Panic have marketing down to a science with Blow Up. DJ and producer wise there are 40 Thieves, Vin Sol, Anthony Mansfield, Mykill, Eric Sharp, Sleazemore and Lance De Sardi (Dog Tags), and Trackademicks. All these people are producing awesome stuff. My favorite DJ to play gigs with is Swayzee -- sound guy on the fly!
SFS: Tell us about your new single and the self-produced music video! Was it a difficult process?
EK: "Back & Forth" is an interesting track because it features samples of my dad playing flute. He plays all pretty much every type of horn and we set up a recording session last winter. Basically just recorded him for two hours straight over some basic beats so he will be turning up a lot in the future! The EP has been getting a great response having been featured on iTunes "New & Noteworthy" as well as being licensed for a high profile Mixmag CD. Gotta keep the details on that quiet for now.
CM: The video is all hand drawn frame by frame. I have been interested in doing something like this for a while. The look and feel of the video was initially inspired by Keith Harring and me just want to see those types of images move. I did the basic story concept of the beast finding the dead bird and we came up with the ending together. I think it’s successful in giving people insight into the way we feel about the music we make and that these tracks, to us, are more than just bass hitting the dance floor... although we make sure it does that too!
SFS: Any last words, any lasting impressions, or any parties you want to let us know about?
EK: Our primary focus is on pushing the label forward. We have some really great releases in the pipe. A White Girl Lust remix of Laberge's "Funk Music" shows a bit of a hint at our forthcoming sound. The second Pleasure & Pressure compilation is nearly done -- it is our straight up disco house series. Mykill has an EP in mastering now that will turn heads. This guy has the Midas touch when it comes to funky dance music. Laberge has an EP done with some stellar remixes.
CM: We only released four singles last year. We are going to be dropping that many in the next three months. The advance promos are getting a great response and we are getting a lot of inquiries about the label from lots of places we were not expecting. We feel that in six months the identity of Solid Bump will be established and people will be anxiously awaiting each new thing that comes out the gate.
Get your fix at http://www.solidbump.com/, and keep up with the gentlemen at http://www.whitegirllust.com
by Christina Li on Aug 04, 2009