Yousef Zaher (aka Yousef) – Electronic music producer, DJ and record label owner
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.
Last year saw Yousef take on a very personal mission during the pandemic, when he was personally requested for a private audience with HRH Prince William. This journey led to Circus hosting a government backed pilot event to gather the data needed to bring about a safe return of clubbing.
I went to Chesterfield High School in Crosby.
My favourite teacher:
That would definitely be Mr Reynolds, he was a free spirit, even though I hadn’t seen him for 25 plus years I attended his funeral last year because he made such a good impression on me.
My favourite subject at school:
I was a lover of geography whilst at school.
Were you streetwise or a bit of a geek?
Oh, definitely streetwise, I was friends with everyone from all walks of life.
My favourite childhood singer/band:
That would be INXS, I loved their music and lead singer and main lyricist Michael Hutchence.
My favourite extra-curricular activity:
Acid house music, parties and dj-ing.
Do you remember your first school crush?
I certainly do, Michelle Hodgson, I still hold out hope!
My favourite book:
I loved anything by Roald Dahl whilst I was at school, but now anything by American author Brett Easton Ellis…
I liked school dinners tbh!
My ambitions at school:
To get through the day…
My advice is to love what you do, even the strangest thing, but you MUST become a master at it, put the hours in, be excellent at your joy.