Joe Claussell

Real Name:
Joaquin Claussell
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American DJ, remixer, musician, and label owner of labels Spiritual Life Music and Sacred Rhythm Music.

Born: 1971 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA.

Joaquin "Joe" Claussell was born in Brooklyn to a Puerto Rican family. His first exposure to the industry was in his own neighborhood block association events, musically led by one of his elder brothers Larry Claussell. Not long after he hit the club scene, he began collecting vinyl aged 15, leading him from clubs like "The Inferno", to punk music’s sanctuary "CBGB", the alternative driven "Mudd Club", and more mainstream "Underground", to the legendary "Paradise Garage".

While living in NYC's East Village in the early 1990s, he began working at Dance Tracks record store, forming a friendship with the owner, he became the store's DJ, holding weekly parties for a devoted crowd. Following an invitation from good friend and owner, Stan Hatzakis, he began producing, completing his first remix "Over" (1992) and produced first track "Awade" (1992), both under moniker Instant House, later eventually taking over Dance Tracks alongside Stefan Prescott.

In 1996, he launched his independent eclectic world house label Spiritual Life Music from the back of Dance Tracks, also starting Ibadan Records with friend and executive producer Jerome Sydenham, expanding into the Sacred Rhythm Music label in the 2000s. These labels featured organic African, Brazilian, Latin, and Middle Eastern rhythms, crossing over into Disco, Jazz, House, and other electronic music, with Claussell being involved in most aspects: music, writing, visual art selection/creation, and graphic design. Many fledgling artists have featured on these labels, including Ten City "Nothing's Changed" (1996), followed by works from Jephté Guillaume, Mateo & Matos, Slam Mode, and 3 Generations Walking, among others, plus his own debut album "Language" (1999).

He has also done collaborations/remixes for many popular and underground artists, including Femi Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Beth Orton, Stuart Matthewman (of group Sade), Cassandra Wilson, Diana Ross, and Manuel Göttsching, to name a few, with remixes reviving classics such as Hector Lavoe classic "Alejate"; Cesaria Evora "Sangue De Beirona", and Nina Simone "Feeling Good" – the latter helped the re-emergence of the song, spawning countless remakes.

Since 1996, Claussell joined DJ's Francois K and Danny Krivit to play for the legendary "Body & Soul" NYC Sunday afternoon dance party for over 6 years, with a devoted crowd every week experiencing a mix of classic, world, soul, disco, funk, and house music.

He remains in demand as a producer/remixer, and continues his global DJ-ing schedule, while also appearing in the visual art world, where he toured with a project titled "Trembling Sensing Space", produced by Dutch theater director Lidy Six, and as musician, toured with world-renowned percussionist Mino Cinelu, and played alongside keyboard extraordinaire Bugge Wesseltoft in a band that included Erik Truffaz, Ilhan Ersahin, Erik Holm, and Torun Eriksen.

In New York he also began the "Sacred Rhythm Party", to bring house music and live musicians together in an intimate environment, while also playing a diverse set on his first Internet radio show titled "an invitation to openness".

He is the brother of percussionist José "Cochise" Claussell.
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Albums

irc023, IRC 023 Joe Claussell - Language album art Joe Claussell Language (Album) Ibadan irc023, IRC 023 US 1999 Sell This Version
none Joe Claussell - Music... A Reason To Celebrate album art Joe Claussell Music... A Reason To Celebrate (Comp) Urban Theory none UK 2001 Sell This Version
FOREST6.SRM-PATH9 Joe Claussell - Corresponding Echoes album art Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell* Corresponding Echoes (Album) Sacred Rhythm Music FOREST6.SRM-PATH9 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
REKIDS 183 Joe Claussell - Raw Tones album art Joaquin Joe Claussell* Raw Tones(2x12", Album) Rekids REKIDS 183 UK 2021 Sell This Version
REDMUN1 Joe Claussell - Residue Version Low-fi album art Joe Claussell Residue Version Low-fi(Cass, Ltd, Num) Sacred Rhythm Music REDMUN1 US 2022 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

IRC 003-1 Joe Claussell - Escravos De Jo album art Joe Claussell And Kerri Chandler Joe Claussell And Kerri Chandler - Escravos De Jo Ibadan IRC 003-1 US 1997 Sell This Version
YP 045 Joe Claussell - Innerside album art Shazz + Joe Claussell Shazz + Joe Claussell - Innerside(12") Yellow Productions YP 045 France 1998 Sell This Version
SLM 374 Joe Claussell - Come Inside (The Loft) album art 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 album art Joe Claussell Matteens Theme / Marco Polo(12", TP) Ibadan IRC-018 US 1998 Sell This Version
SLM PRO 11 Joe Claussell - Agora E Seu Tempo (Alternate Demo Takes) album art Joe Claussell Agora E Seu Tempo (Alternate Demo Takes) Spiritual Life Music SLM PRO 11 US 1999 Sell This Version
irc020 Joe Claussell - Je Ka Jo (Demo Version) album art Joe Claussell Je Ka Jo (Demo Version) Ibadan irc020 US 1999 Sell This Version
none Joe Claussell - Album Language album art Joe Claussell Album Language(Acetate, 12") Ibadan Productions none UK 1999 Sell This Version
irc026 Joe Claussell - Spiritual Insurrection Mixes album art Joe Claussell Spiritual Insurrection Mixes Ibadan, Ibadan irc026 US 2000 Sell This Version
GDR073 Joe Claussell - Jazz Funeral album art Joe Claussell & Chuck Perkins Joe Claussell & Chuck Perkins - Jazz Funeral(12", S/Sided) Guidance Recordings GDR073 US 2000 Sell This Version
SLM PRO 24 Joe Claussell - Git Wa album art 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 - Ibadan People Sampler album art Joe Claussell / The Songstress Joe Claussell / The Songstress - Ibadan People Sampler(12", Smplr) BBE BBE 12 019 UK 2003 Sell This Version
SRM 000 Joe Claussell - Un.Chained Rhythums (Parts 1 & 2) album art 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 album art Joe Claussell Code 58(12", S/Sided, Ltd) Sacred Rhythm Music, Dope Jams TCETORP 12.9 US 2006 Sell This Version
TCETORP 3.3 Joe Claussell - Code 213 album art Joe Claussell Code 213(12", S/Sided, Ltd) Sacred Rhythm Music, Dope Jams TCETORP 3.3 US 2007 Sell This Version
UKP 006 Joe Claussell - Blacktro (Demo 1) / Spiritual Insurrection album art 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 album art Joe Claussell Code 11(12", S/Sided, Ltd) Sacred Rhythm Music, Dope Jams TCETORP 11.3 US 2007 Sell This Version
SRM258 Joe Claussell - With More Love album art Joaquin Joe Claussell* / Mental Remedy Joaquin Joe Claussell* / Mental Remedy - With More Love Sacred Rhythm Music SRM258 US 2009 Sell This Version
TCETORP 6.9 Joe Claussell - Code 0.10 album art Joe Claussell Code 0.10(12", S/Sided, Ltd) Sacred Rhythm Music, Dope Jams TCETORP 6.9 US 2009 Sell This Version
SRM.RESIDUE1 Joe Claussell - Residue Part 1 - Eno album art Joaquin Joe Claussell* Residue Part 1 - Eno Sacred Rhythm Music SRM.RESIDUE1 US 2012 Sell This Version
SRM.RESIDUE2 Joe Claussell - Residue Scene Two - The Hidden Revealed Experiment album art Joaquin Joe Claussell* Residue Scene Two - The Hidden Revealed Experiment(12") Sacred Rhythm Music SRM.RESIDUE2 US 2013 Sell This Version

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Alain_Patrick

Alain_Patrick

February 17, 2022
Claussell’s statement about music (and art) is among the most beautiful I’ve ever heard, and is clearly reflected in his own discography: “ In my eyes I see it being all about a spiritual transformation, being a conduit for a high power, becoming one with sound and frequencies, and where Hollywood and Fame take a back seat to the legitimacy of cosmic art.”
TimothyVdp

TimothyVdp

January 10, 2022
My all time favorite producer. The emotion Joe can translate into audio with a single keystroke on a piano is unparalleled. Mental Remedy - Obatala, Yes, that's what we need more of, Sayaji (Dance Trance Mix) to name a few favorites.
pedosenko

pedosenko

December 3, 2017
Bourgié Bourgié (Joe Claussell's Classic Remix) —does it exist on vinyl of any kind? Thanks in advance for the tip.
Mark_Anthony

Mark_Anthony

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
kidslimm

kidslimm

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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