Having been at the forefront of dance music fan’s attentions across the globe since the latter stages of the last century, Yousef is an artist that continues to evolve and develop with consummate ease. New sounds, new developments and new frontiers; they all remain an instrumental part of his thrust forward as one the planet’s leading underground House music tastemakers.
DJ / Producer / Remixer / Circus Recording Label Owner / Circus Events
Yousef is a complete force within electronic music, and has come to represent the ethos of the modern DJ. Absorbing a litany of roles, a seasoned authentic and peerless dj, a label owner, a producer & remixer, an event organiser, a mentor, all with a seemingly relentless amount of vision. His efforts are thoughtful and considered and all approached with connotation. There are few who balance musical maturity and a surge to the future so eloquently and vigorously.
Yousef brings together the seductive groove & swing of authentic house readily with the energy of techno. Whether going straight for the jugular with live a 3 deck DJing dexterity or being more deft and subtle with a considered blend, Yousef remains technically and musically peerless, one of the globe’s finest masters of a four-four beat. A man at ease infront on 10000 people, as he is 100. Ibiza to Indonesia, Argentina to America, South Africa to South Korea, few corners have been untouched. Recent back-to-back sets with house music’s finest Eats Everything, Carl Cox, Cassy, Laurent Garnier, Nic Fanciulli and Patrick Topping show the pedigree and reverence Yousef is among.
In demand from the world’s supreme labels, following on from recent offerings on Loco Dice’s impressive Desolat imprint and Ellen Alliens incredible Bpitch Control, as well as tracks and remixes on Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical, Defected, Cecile, Cocoon with forthcoming music on Dennis Ferrer’s distinguished Objektivity Records.
Remixing Carl Cox, Sven Vath, Jamiroquai, Moby, Moloko and Blakkat, and producing music for 2014’s FIFA World Cup album, and gravitating his own Circus Recordings to a entirely new level by releasing underground anthem, Green Velvets “Bigger Than Prince”.
Yousef’s record label “Circus Recordings” continues to spread its all-encompassing memorandum of the finest in underground house and techno. Signing heroes like Reboot, Carl Cox, Green Velvet, releasing music from Sven Vath, Four Tet, Nick Curly and Guti, and re surfacing the super talented Harry Romero. As well as developing fresh names like Acid Mondays, David Glass and Kydus and building a strong platform for Yousef’s own music, 2012 saw a second Yousef artist album. ‘A Product of Your Environment’ received incredible reviews, including Ibiza Voice’s album of the year and Mixmag the “all genre” top 20 albums of the year. The organic development of the music was enough for Defected Records to invest in taking 3 singles from the album to release to a wider audience. Yousef’s 3rd artist album In his 3rd artist album, “In the Process of Eight” elegantly marries an on going desire to labour dance floors with an unquenchable thirst to exhibit the range of musical influences he’s developed in a 15-year career as a Dj and producer. Sticking with the 4/4 beat on this project, Yousef skilfully weaves through a variety of sophisticated electronic music. Sultry vocals sit next to Chicago rhythms, elevating moments couple up with cinematic techno, all relentlessly pulsating to the heart beat of authentic house. In The Process of Eight is an undertaking accomplished by someone who has dedicated their working life to the spirit of house music. Produced, arranged and mixed by Yousef, the project invites a talented multitude of seasoned, fresh and even unknown artists, singers and beat makers to join him. Collaborations come from, Uner, Reboot, Bontan and the legendary Blakkat, with vocals from The Angel, soon to be discovered LA based jazz songstress Erica Thomson and Crosstown Rebels frequenter Kieran Fowkes, who appears on the first single taken from the album “Let Go”. In The Process of Eight also includes two of Yousef’s iconic tracks “Come Home” and “Float Away”, amalgamating them along side his brand new compositions creating the producers most accomplished body of work to date.
You can’t discuss Yousef and not mention Circus, his world-renowned club events. Now proudly in its 13th year of activity in its home city of Liverpool, one of the most important soirees of its kind, anywhere… Patenting a formula that combines the established alongside the future stars of the underground, residing alongside the control of Yousef in residency. Inviting every icon of the industry worth seeing. Think – Carl Cox, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin, Sasha, Marco Carola, Adam Beyer, Laurent Garnier… Circus has been instrumental in the early and developing careers of Jamie Jones, Eats Everything, Loco Dice, Maya Jane Coles, Seth Troxler and Davide Squillace and endless more when they were unknown many years ago.
Circus has enhanced Liverpool’s reputation as an epicentre for electronic music culture. Its revered status is augmented by the quality of its bookings and the loyalty of its crowd. It’s a club whose founding ethos remains the same to this day: ‘serious music and fun times’ / “entertainment & enlightenment”.
The recognition of the efforts of Circus came quick and fast, winning UK Club Of The Year from the BBC. The dance music press continues to universally respect and admire the club’s achievements, praising each new chapter. When BBC Radio 1 wanted to celebrate their epochal 500th Essential Mix Circus was their only choice.
Whilst Circus’ home is resolutely Liverpool, the event took up residency in the nations capital at EggLondon. With a modest start, fast-forward 2 years to witness a development into an unprecedented and literal ‘road block’ events, and a weekend two night ‘weekend club take over’, in March 2014. With sold out Circus events in Barcelona, Manchester and Serbia, a travelling Circus has been formed.
This impact as a gateway for high-grade dance floor driven electronica translates to his weekly radio show 21st Century House Music radio show. The mantra is simple, supporting new, fresh good quality house, techno and electronica, across the full spectrum of the genres every week. Now on over 200 + global FM stations and countless web based affiliations.
A 21st century artist in scope, sound and stance, his lust for electronic music as a DJ, producer, record label owner, promoter and music enthusiast is stronger than ever. The man remains an unstoppable juggernaut of electronic music. and makes a huge contribution to the global electronic music scene