A name that’s been gaining increasing attention from the who’s who of the
electronic music community is London based dj and producer jozif. The born
and bred artist has worked his way to where he is today with typical (to
anyone that knows him) ‘jozif swagger’; passionate, determined and wildly
talent driven he’s been charming the pants off the international circuit with
his productions and dj sets alike.
With an underlying groove to his low slung rhythms, jozif has an infectious
presence in and out of the booth; encapsulating his floor and coaxing them
alongside his ever changing musical explorations. Craig Richards, Ben Watt,
Matt Tolfrey, Andrew Weatherall, Paul Woolford and Ashley Beadle have all
fallen hook line and sinker for his quirky and impossible to pigeon hole beats.
Loose and lazy drum patterns, dramatic strings and brass are tinged with slomo
ambience and a rolling undercurrent of funk; depicting a soundtrack all of
his own that not only resonates with our musical heart strings but evokes the
dirtiest bump and grit of a twisted 6am dance floor. Regular appearances at
fabric, his residencies at London’s lo*kee and Ibiza’s We Love…Space fall side
by side with a packed gig schedule spanning the UK, Europe and America;
this year including Miami’s WMC and an upcoming US tour.
2010 was a defining year for jozif with releases on Wolf + Lamb and Vitalik
gaining mass support alongside an end of year RA podcast mixed entirely of
his own productions and edits. Its unique edge garnered such praise from
industry and public alike that it goes down as one of the most talked about
RA podcasts to date. 2010 also saw the launch of Fist of Finger; jozif’s
limited edition vinyl only label with fabric musical director and long time
buddy Craig Richards. Featuring jozif’s dance floor A-side’s and Craig’s
experimental reinterpretations on the flip, their debut release ‘Beats In Space’
was an instant sell out, their second cut ‘Brick Jane’ following suit and the
imminent ‘Room 3’ looking set to do the same.
2011 has only cemented things for jozif with his ‘Sunrise’ EP on InFiné
spanning a plethora of musical influences and paving the way for his second
Infiné release, the emotive ‘Lady B’ EP, as well as a debut EP for the LA
based tastemakers Culprit, both of which will be out later this year. jozif
rounded off the first half of 2011 with projects including ‘Twilight’ with R&B
and soul singer Terri Walker on This Is Music and on mixing duty for this
2011’s We Love Compilation CD. Recent remixes on My Favourite Robot,
Compost and Mobilee alongside upcoming remixes for Shonky on Culprit, Soul
Clap & Tanner Ross on No.19 and Rui Da Silva, have secured his spot as a
talented remixer. An artist who himself refuses to define or describe his sound
and rightly so…the music plays testament to the fact that it is there to be
heard and felt…not labelled.