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Q&A - Yousef

Author: thescene
Monday, October 15, 2007
Hi Yousef, how you doing today-
Feeling a little tired, had a long weekend of fun. DJing at Bestival (the best festival of all time!) and playing at dusted in Ibiza, as well as a day out at DC10, which was fun. I had a day in the studio where I completed a new track, so feeling good overall.

It has been a crazy year for you in terms of gigging and productions have any particular moments stood out-
Gigs wise there have been many highlights, but the two that stand out are my five-hour set at Circus which was insane! I got an incredible reception from my home crowd. I was very proud.

The other was playing for Carl Cox at Space in Ibiza and a four-hour set before Danny Tenaglia on 'le Terraza', the best Ibiza gig I've ever done, response-wise, if not the best gig I've ever done.

Getting more and more of my music out there has also been great - it's all going to plan…

What is your biggest achievement so far-
Making a career out of a hobby is the biggest achievement, so doing something I love for a living is an incredible feeling.

Tell us about your new music projects- You have a new album out soon- Tell us about it-
I've got a lot of music ready to roll right now. Various singles [include] Carl Cox vs Yousef - 'I want you' (on CR2), which is building nicely.

My other track, 'My Own Best Myself' is set to come out on Carioca in late October, too. It's a techno/vocal track featuring my 'Fury' edit, which is a complete head-wrecking track - really nasty.

It's been Carl Cox's 'secret weapon' for a while now and it's been really going off for me.

It features on my forthcoming Underwater solo double-mix compilation, recorded live. It shows my whole club music spectrum and covers house, techno, electronica and some vocals.

How did you come about the tracklisting-
I wanted to show where I've been for the last year and where I'm going in the next. I didn't want it to be a super upfront mix… I wanted it to reflect a full set from Circus (for example), showing the beginning, the middle and the end of a set.

I therefore delved into my CD wallet, looked deeper, bought a lot of new stuff, mixed with some personal classics and just went with it. I'm happy with the results.

Any stand out tracks-

Paul Ritch - Norbandahoff
Pier Bucci - Hay Consuelo (Samim mix)
Yousef - My Own Best Myself (Fury edit)

I notice you have a few of your own tracks on there - any plans for a release-
'Spook' and 'The Approach' are already released on CR2 records. They came out late last year and were both big for me (and for many DJs!), so I wanted to use them.

'My Own Best Myself' is upfront, but needed to be on there. It's the hardest record I've made or played, but it's so furious, I thought it would be a good platform to let people know it exists.

So how does it feel to do an Underwater compilation solo series-
I'm happy to be [a] part of the underwater team. It's a great label with a fantastic history.

Any plans for a solo album-
None yet, but I've been making so much music lately that I'm half way there, when I think about it. I'm learning more about music, writing lyrics and working on hook lines. I'm not going to force the issue, but it could be possible, yes.

What have you got coming up in the next few months-
As well as the aforementioned releases, I will be touring! This will include UK, Asia, Australia, America, South America and Europe. I'm working on more music while I'm away in the above places too. Remixes coming out for Underwater for Majik Johnson and for Morton Alick on Denmark's Okyo records, both of which are pretty much total new tracks.

What does the future hold for Yousef-