Regarded as one of the world’s foremost electronic music artists, Yousef is known and loved for his effervescent personality, supreme deck skills and confidence as a selector. His ability to rock any club or festival with energy, vibrancy and moving people with unforgettable house and techno is undoubted.
Yousef’s story is one of resilience, determination and positivity. He has blazed a trail ever since he first stepped up on the decks over 20 years ago, becoming an iconic industry figure, dance music leader and visionary whose unwavering commitment to house and techno has seen him criss-cross the globe, playing standout sets at an exhaustive list of the world’s most influential club spaces. And Yousef was personally requested for a private audience with ‘HRH Prince William’ the future King of England, and later the British Government, as a representative to relay the difficulties dance music is facing through covid, collaboratively finding solutions.
Regularly Playing at highly-respected party brands such as Circo Loco, ANTS, Elrow, Warehouse Project and countless more, he has appeared at many of the world’s most iconic clubs including fabric (London), Space, DC-10 and Amnesia in Ibiza, Watergate (Berlin), Shine (Belfast), Harry Klien (Munich) and festivals like EDC, Exit, Ultra, Parklife, Creamfields and many more. Yousef’s last proper gig in 2020 was at EDC festival in Mexico City, playing to 25000 people, recording the full set live for a full raw and real compilation release which topped the Itunes dance chart. Yousef sites this as his best ever dj gig in 20 years on the road…
Yousef masterminded the globally-recognised Circus party brand and Circus Recordings record label, both of which have set the benchmark for quality electronic music from Liverpool to the rest of the world. As an accomplished and prolific producer whose discography is comprised over a hundred solo tracks & remixes and a plethora of collaborations on many of the scene’s best-known labels - Desolat, Cocoon, BPitch Control, Crosstown Rebels, Defected, Moon Harbour and FFRR among them. With his fourth and most recent, full-length album 9 Moor Drive he has ascended to a new level of artistry, employing his studio know-how to present an extremely personal insight into his difficult childhood.
2020 has seen Yousef prepare a full series of (as he calls them) “gnarly vocal cuts”, music that’s raw enough for the underground but accessible enough for spotify… A real focused leap forward both in ambition and skills set… A determination to only make records that leave a deep footprint in such a difficult time for the world…
Yousef with his long time partner Richard, are the brains behind Liverpool’s and one of the worlds best-known events, Circus.
Conceived in 2002, it has grown into a hugely influential centre piece for electronic music that consistently brings in the world’s biggest DJs. From Carl Cox to Adam Beyer to Marco Carola to Loco Dice, Circus has hosted them all, nurturing young talent as a given, as Yousef continues on his mission to inspire and encourage. From this Yousef set up the Circus Recordings label, with a staunch ethos is to sign music made with affection, colourful music that really moves you. Circus Recordings has become a home for top tier artists and up-and-coming producers to release the finest in colouful house, techno & electronic music, from house hold names like Green Velvet and Carl Cox, to developing names like Jansons and Nasser Baker, with their hits going from the underground to the main stream via Circus.
As someone who sees music as colour (synaesthesia) his ambition is for Circus to encompass the brightest, boldest colours appearing across its releases.
The eco system of Circus & Circus Recordings runs in parallel with the release and events.
With artists like Jamie Jones, Alan Fitzpatrick, Sasha, Patrick Topping, Hot Since 82, Paco Osuna and Kerri Chandler.. releasing on the label and playing the Circus events for many years…
It all began on the dance floor. A devoted raver first and foremost, Yousef began to spin records in the late nineties. In the years since, he has traveled far and wide delivering unforgettable sets everywhere he goes. A consummate professional, Yousef has universal appeal thanks to his innate ability to read the room and take the energy level up a few notches. As confident and exciting on four decks as he is on two, Yousef has been booked to play a dizzying array of clubs and festivals all over the world from North and South America, across Europe and Asia to Australia, side by side with the scene’s top tier: Carl Cox, Steve Lawler, Sasha, John Digweed, Seth Troxler, Jamie Jones, The Martinez Brothers... the list goes on.
In the studio, Yousef has been working tirelessly since 2001. His output has been prolific, with releases on his own Circus Recordings, alongside an all-star lineup of the scene’s most respected labels: Cocoon, Hot Creations, BPitch Control, Crosstown Rebels, Moon Harbour, Desolat, Saved, Defected and many more. His diverse discography covers the full spectrum of house and techno, from dance floor-ready tech house bubblers to groovy deep house, in-your-face techno and uplifting flavours. Yousef’s production prowess has been showcased on four artist albums: A Collection Of Scars And Situations (2009) A Product Of Your Environment (2012), In The Process Of Eight (2015) and 9 Moor Drive in 2019.
9 Moor Drive has an intimate narrative, reflecting on Yousef’s turbulent upbringing in what has been an extremely cathartic process. Realising he had a lot of emotional residue holding him back, he decided to write an album that explored his early life at the house on 9 Moor Drive in his native Liverpool. The result is a collection of music that is full of depth, each track telling a story about Yousef’s past - stories that he wrote out himself, giving each one a paragraph full of detail and raw emotion. There’s darkness, light, joy, sorrow, warmth and every kind of mental state you can imagine. The album represents an artist who has the experience and confidence to be vulnerable, using his creativity as a way to move forward and achieve closure. 9 Moor Drive is not a story of hard times and anguish, rather a celebration of resilience, hard work and creativity.
Yousef’s desire to create enduring memories lies at the core of his aspirations. He gives 100% in every aspect of his career, inspired by his own dance floor memories - those moments that send shivers down your spine and provoke feelings of pure elation and joy. Though he’s revered as one of the world’s most versatile and dynamic selectors, Yousef keeps his feet firmly on the ground, maintaining a positive, friendly disposition and a consistently high work ethic. Always curious and always pushing himself to the next level his ambitions remain steadfast: dedicated to pushing electronic music forward and taking himself all the way to the top while inspiring the next generation of artists to follow his lead…
Best New DJ // Muzik Magazine Awards
Circus // Best Club Night // BBC Radio One Awards
Circus // Best Club Night // Dj Magazine
9 BBC Radio One Essential mixes // Hosting two live
3 years on BBC Radio One // Friday and Saturday support Host
EDC mix compilation – Live in Mexico Ciry (2020)
Yousef – 9 Moor Drive (full artist Album - 2019)
Circus 15 – Mix compilation (2017)
Yousef – In The Process of Eight (Full artist album 2015)
Yousef – A Product of Your Environment (full artist album 2012)
Circus 10 – Mix Compilation (2012)
Yousef – A Collection of Scars and Situations (full artist album 2009)
Renaissance presents Yousef – Mix Compilation (2007)
DMC presents Yousef The Mix (mix compilation) (2001)
MixMag present Yousef – Winter Warmer (2001)
Creamfields present Yousef (mix compilation) 2000
The Sun After Dark – Mix Compilation 2000