For DC vinyl record and classic rhythm and blues aficionado Soul Call Paul, aka Paul Vivari, the allure of playing the music he does is as much about spinning a classic from Otis Redding or Booker T and the MGs or little known Motown b-side, as it is about just hearing the sound of a record on a sound system.
If you’re looking for a modern analogy for what Vivari plays, it’s not-to-be-found in the likes of the Uptown Funk tandem of Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson.
Intimate settings serve Paul’s niche-marketed DJ sounds well, hence U Street corridor space Velvet Lounge is immediately named as his favorite place to spin. He believes it to be “one of the last spots on U Street that I can still go to. I’ve DJ’ed there for almost 10 years.” Noting a strong sonic similarity to many Top 40 pop songs, he says, [t]here’s like, 40 others bars in the radius [of Velvet Lounge] that are playing variations of the same stuff. However, Velvet’s just big enough that when you get a couple of people in there really moving, they feed off of each other, and a party gets started every time.”
Regarding his work, Vivari, as always, is intrigued by the art of getting people to dance, yet still to the point in his delivery.