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 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.
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.
Yousef with his long-time partner Richard McGinnis, are the brains behind Liverpool’s and one of the world’s 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 colourful house, techno & electronic music, from household names like Green Velvet and Carl Cox, to developing names like Jansons and Nasser Baker, with their hits going from the underground to the mainstream 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.
Last year saw Yousef take on a very personal mission during the pandemic, to represent his peers and industry in its darkest moment. Not content with sitting back, Yousef has proactively seized the opportunity for considered steps forward during the pandemic, galvanising the dance music community through to government with his positive and passion for the scene he loves. With the UK’s Nightlife sector on its knees, Yousef joined forces with the Nighttime Industries Association, sat on parliamentary round tables to represent the voices of those effected in live music, and was personally requested for a private audience with HRH Prince William, as a representative to relay the difficulties the dance music industry is facing.
This journey led to Circus hosting a government backed pilot event to gather the data needed to bring about a safe return of clubbing. ‘The First Dance’ was hugely successful and recognised globally. It played a crucial role in providing the evidence needed that clubs can return safely, and has reaffirmed his focus to continue to protect the UK’s Nightlife sector, making ambitious moves to assure there is adequate protection for clubs, DJs, promoters and clubbers as we move forward.
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.