Joe Claussell

Joe Claussell

Real Name:
Joaquin Claussell
Joe “Joaquin” Claussell was born in Brooklyn to a large and diverse Puerto Rican family with deep musical roots. Throughout his life, music was Joe's shelter, family, food, comfort, escape and love. His first exposure to entertaining audiences was in his own neighborhood at block association events, musically led by one of his elder brothers Larry Claussell. Not long after he hit the club and began collecting vinyl at the age of 15 and his diverse taste for music and dance led him from a Disco at a club called The Inferno to Punk music’s sanctuary CBGB, the alternative driven Mudd Club, the more mainstream Underground, and the legendary Paradise Garage.

While living in the East Village in the early 90s, he found and fell in love with a record store called Dance Tracks. He formed a friendship with the owner, which became the foundation of his musical career. Joe became the store’s DJ and called weekly parties that drew a diverse and increasingly devoted crowd of music lovers. All in the name of fun he received an invitation from owner and good friend Stan Hatzakis he began producing: and did his first remix “Over” and his produced first track "Awade,” both becoming instant underground classic. Over time he learned the music business and eventually took over the Dance Tracks alongside Stefan Prescott.
In 1996 Joe launched his independent eclectic world house label "Spiritual Life Music" from the back of Dance Tracks, and around the same time over saw the birth of “Ibadan Records” with friend and executive producer Jerome Sydenham. The labels’ productions are fluid - with organic African, Brazilian, Latin and Middle Eastern Rhythms crossing over into Disco, Jazz, House, and Electronic music. He is intricately involved in every aspect of the production process: the music, writing, selection or creation of the visual art, and graphic design. Under his labels he has nourished and produced fledgling artists. His first release was "Nothing's Changed" by Ten City, followed by works from Jephté Guillaume, Mateo & Matos, Slam Mode, and Three Generations Walking. His own first full-length album was "Language." Great artists and record labels have sought him out for collaboration and remixes of works by Femi Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Beth Orton, Steward Mathewman (Sade), Cassandra Wilson, Diana Ross, and Manuel Göttsching to name a few. His remixes have revived classics such as Hector Lavoe‘s Classic “Alejate;” Cesoria Evora’s “Sangue De Beirona.” and Nina Simone's “Feeling Good” featured on prominent TV shows such as “Sex And The City”. Joe’s "Feeling Good" remix sung by the late Nina Simone was solely responsible for the reemergence of the song which spawned countless remakes and till this day redone as well as used on many TV ads and commercials.
Also in 1996, Joe Claussell joined Francois K and Danny Krivit to play for the legendary “Body & Soul” Sunday afternoon dance party. For 6 years, music and dance lovers from NYC and around the world came every week religiously to experience the totally unique musical journey of Classic, World, Soul, Disco, Funk, and House. The tracks are brought to an infinitely higher level by the synergy of each DJ's unique of live performance artistry and the incredible creative and conscious crowd. 15 years later Body and soul is going stronger than ever.
For the last decade to present, Joe has been constantly playing music all over the world, however it is also his being in high demand as a producer and remixer that keeps him working. Joe’s talents are also sought after in the visual art world where he is currently touring with a project titled “TREMBLING sensing space” produced by Dutch theater director Lidy Six.
As a musician, Joe has toured with the likes of the world-renowned percussionist Mino Cinelu and currently playing along side of the mind blowing pianist/keyboard extraordinaire Bugge Wesseltoft in a band that includes Erik Truffaz, Ilhan Ersahin, Med Band and Torun Erikse. While in New York, He began the Sacred Rhythm Party, designed to bring House and live musicians together in an intimate environment. Soon to come will be his first Internet radio show titled “an invitation to openness” a show dedicated to the freedom of just listening to what ever speaks to him at that moment, as opposed to being at the mercy of the listening audience. Joe contemplates humanity and its trends from a distant but touched perspective. He personally strives for spiritual and creative freedom, and encourages loved ones to tap into their own unique resources to build a society where art and individuality is nourished and celebrated. For people who want a deep introspective music journey to the soul - Joe's shows are a rare and coveted opportunity. His ability to connect with people who share his passion for the rhythms of life through a higher universal language , which keeps people intrigued into staying tuned while listening, dancing and evolving to his unique philosophy and deep rhythms.

He has been label owner of both Spiritual Life Music and later Sacred Rhythm Music, and continues to release quality, mainly deep house music, via these channels and many others.

He is the brother of percussionist José "Cochise" Claussell.
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Joe Claussell Discography


irc023 Joe Claussell Language (Album) Ibadan irc023 US 1999 Sell This Version
none Joe Claussell Music... A Reason To Celebrate (Comp) Urban Theory none UK 2001 Sell This Version
FOREST6.SRM-PATH9 Joaquin "Joe" Claussell* Co.Responding Echoe·S(CD, Album) Sacred Rhythm Music FOREST6.SRM-PATH9 US 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

IRC 003-1 Kerri Chandler And Joe Claussell Kerri Chandler And Joe Claussell - Escravos De Jo Ibadan IRC 003-1 US 1997 Sell This Version
YP 045 Shazz + Joe Claussell Shazz + Joe Claussell - Innerside(12") Yellow Productions YP 045 France 1998 Sell This Version
SLM 374 Joe Claussell Presents Cosmic Ritual Joe Claussell Presents Cosmic Ritual - Come Inside (The Loft) Spiritual Life Music SLM 374 US 1998 Sell This Version
IRC-018 Joe Claussell Matteens Theme / Marco Polo(12", TP) Ibadan IRC-018 US 1998 Sell This Version
irc020 Joe Claussell Je Ka Jo (Demo Version) Ibadan irc020 US 1999 Sell This Version
SLM PRO 11 Joe Claussell Agora E Seu Tempo (Alternate Demo Takes)(12", Promo) Spiritual Life Music SLM PRO 11 US 1999 Sell This Version
irc026 Joe Claussell Spiritual Insurrection Mixes Ibadan, Ibadan irc026 US 2000 Sell This Version
GDR073 Joe Claussell & Chuck Perkins Joe Claussell & Chuck Perkins - Jazz Funeral(12", S/Sided) Guidance Recordings GDR073 US 2000 Sell This Version
OUT 30X Nitin Sawhney vs. Joe Claussell / Ananda Shankar / Brownman Greenman Nitin Sawhney vs. Joe Claussell / Ananda Shankar / Brownman Greenman - Outcaste Records - The First Five Years (Album Sampler)(12", Promo, Smplr) Outcaste Records OUT 30X UK 2000 Sell This Version
SLM PRO 24 Joe Claussell Git Wa(12", S/Sided, Ltd, Promo, Blu) Spiritual Life Music SLM PRO 24 US 2002 Sell This Version
BBE 12 019 Joe Claussell / The Songstress Joe Claussell / The Songstress - Ibadan People Sampler(12") BBE BBE 12 019 UK 2003 Sell This Version
SRM 000 Joaquin "Joe" Claussell* Un.Chained Rhythums (Parts 1 & 2) Sacred Rhythm Music SRM 000 Japan 2005 Sell This Version
TCETORP 12.9 Joe Claussell Code 58(12", S/Sided, Ltd) Sacred Rhythm Music, Dope Jams TCETORP 12.9 US 2006 Sell This Version
KSS 1257 Dennis Ferrer Feat. Mia Tuttavilla Touched The Sky (Joe's Dub Beats / Different Take By Joe Claussell) and 1 more… Dennis Ferrer Feat. Mia Tuttavilla - Touched The Sky(12") King Street Sounds KSS 1257 US 2007 Sell This Version
TCETORP 3.3 Joe Claussell Code 213(12", S/Sided, Ltd) Sacred Rhythm Music, Dope Jams TCETORP 3.3 US 2007 Sell This Version
UKP 006 Jerome Sydenham / Joe Claussell Jerome Sydenham / Joe Claussell - Blacktro (Demo 1) / Spiritual Insurrection(12", Promo) UK Promotions UKP 006 US 2007 Sell This Version
TCETORP 11.3 Joe Claussell Code 11(12", S/Sided, Ltd) Sacred Rhythm Music, Dope Jams TCETORP 11.3 US 2007 Sell This Version
SRM258 Joaquin Joe Claussell* / Mental Remedy Joaquin Joe Claussell* / Mental Remedy - With More Love(12") Sacred Rhythm Music SRM258 US 2009 Sell This Version
TCETORP 6.9 Joe Claussell Code 0.10(12", S/Sided, Ltd) Sacred Rhythm Music, Dope Jams TCETORP 6.9 US 2009 Sell This Version
SRM.RESIDUE1 Joaquin Joe Claussell* Residue Part 1 - Eno Sacred Rhythm Music SRM.RESIDUE1 US 2012 Sell This Version
SRM.RESIDUE2 Joaquin Joe Claussell* Residue Scene Two - The Hidden Revealed Experiment(12") Sacred Rhythm Music SRM.RESIDUE2 US 2013 Sell This Version
SRM-270 Joaquin Joe Claussell* A World In Need (12", EP, Ltd) Sacred Rhythm Music SRM-270 US 2015 Sell This Version

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February 3, 2012
This man is just incredible. He is consistent and he goes across so many genres. I recommend that anyone who wants real-deal house and deep house/ambient check this guy. He's underrated. He's in the music scene for all of the right reasons. With Joe its all about love and emotion transmitting through his music. He can be deep and emotional like his Mental Remedy alias, or he can go aggressive and bring you to bottomless oceans of tribal depth. His recent "Bayara Citizens - Bambara Obscure (Tribes Of Distortion Dub)" and "Geoffrey Oryema - Kei Kweyo (The Outlaw demo dub by Joaquin Joe Claussell)" are examples of how aggressive and nasty he can be with the drums when the time calls for it. Joe Claussell's music is beautiful in every way. From Philadelphia, to wherever you are Joe, we love you!!! :0D


August 8, 2008
Joe Claussell....I love you.
This guy cant fail, always in great form, his approach is alwys the same, but always new...From deep driving house, to organic tribal workouts...The occasional experimental tune doesnt dissapoint either. His djing skills are nothing to shy away from, he can create an almost heaven like atmosphere and keep ya going till the sun comes up, I ve seen people crying, seriously.
If you like deep, dark afrolatin dance floor rhythms...Then look into this dude. He wont dissipoint.

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