I grew up as an individual part of a whole in Park Slope, Brooklyn, which was a very mixed neighborhood. We had all ethnicities there. I always credit growing up there as being the best thing that ever happened to me. It helped me to see and understand at a very early age different cultures, as well as taught me to appreciate everyone for who they are
Joe Claussell has long been one of New York City’s busiest dance figures, thanks to his work in all areas of the house community: as a highly respected DJ, producer, remixer, label-head (Spiritual Life Music and Ibadan), and record-shop owner (Dance Tracks). His Sunday club night, Body & Soul, re-created the vibes fostered at the birth of modern dance music – David Mancuso’s Loft sessions during the early ’70s – with a varied mix of vibrant music ranging from Milton Nascimento to Masters at Work to Cesario Evora to Kevin Yost to Fela Kuti. In his productions, he’s often mirrored that eclectic mix of styles, dropping in plenty of acoustic instruments and rich percussion patterns.