Yousef brings together the seductive groove and swing of authentic house readily with the energy of techno. Whether going straight for the jugular with a live 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. He is a man at ease in front on 10,000 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.
Yousef is in demand from the world’s supreme labels, following on from recent offerings on Loco Dice’s Desolat imprint and Ellen Alliens Bpitch Control, Jamie Jones Hot Creations or Davide Squillace’s This & That, as well as tracks and remixes on Crosstown Rebels, Get Physical, Defected, Cecile, Cocoon and more.
Remixing Chaka Khan, Carl Cox, Sven Vath, Jamiroquai, Moby, Moloko and Blakkat, and producing music for 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, Carl Cox, Reboot, Nick Curly and Guti, and 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.
You can’t discuss Yousef and not mention Circus, his world-renowned club events. Now proudly in its 14th year and located in the home city of Liverpool, it is one of the most important soirees of its kind, anywhere. Inviting every icon of the industry worth seeing – think Carl Cox, Ricardo Villalobos, Sven Vath, Richie Hawtin, Sasha, Marco Carola, Adam Beyer and Laurent Garnier. Circus has also 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.
Whilst Circus’ home is resolutely Liverpool, the event took up residency in the nations capital at EggLondon. With a modest start, fast-forward 18 months to witness a development into an unprecedented and literal ‘road block’ events. With further sold out Circus events in Barcelona, Manchester and Serbia, a travelling Circus has been formed. This year saw circus take a 10,000 capacity arena to Park Life in Manchester, as one of the highlights of the festival.
This impact as a gateway for high-grade dance floor driven electronica translates to his weekly 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, with a global listenership of over 4 Million.
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.