Joe Claussell

Joe Claussell

Real Name:
Joaquin Claussell
American DJ, remixer, musician, and label owner of both 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 large and diverse Puerto Rican family with deep musical roots. 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 scene, beginning collecting vinyl at the age of 15 and his diverse taste for music and dance led him from 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 New York City's East Village in the early 1990s, he found and fell in love with a record store called Dance Tracks, forming a friendship with the owner, Claussell became the store’s DJ and had weekly parties that drew a diverse and increasingly devoted crowd of music lovers. Following an invitation from and good friend and owner, Stan Hatzakis, he began producing, completing his first remix “Over” and his produced first track "Awade”. Over time he learned the music business and eventually took over Dance Tracks alongside Stefan Prescott.

In 1996 Claussell 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. He later expanded into label Sacred Rhythm Music in the 2000s. The labels’ productions featured organic African, Brazilian, Latin, and Middle Eastern rhythms, crossing over into Disco, Jazz, House, and other electronic music, with him being intricately involved in every aspect of the production process: music, writing, selection/creation of the visual art, and graphic design. These labels have nourished many fledgling artists, with first release "Nothing's Changed" by Ten City, followed by works from Jephté Guillaume, Mateo & Matos, Slam Mode, and 3 Generations Walking among others, along with his own first full-length album "Language" (1999).

Popular and underground artists and labels have sought him out for collaboration and remixes, including those of Femi Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Beth Orton, Stuart Matthewman (of Sade), Cassandra Wilson, Diana Ross, and Manuel Göttsching, to name a few. His remixes have revived classics such as Hector Lavoe‘s classic “Alejate;” Cesaria Evora’s “Sangue De Beirona”, and Nina Simone's “Feeling Good” – the latter featuring on prominent TV show “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.

Since 1996, Claussell joined Francois K and Danny Krivit to play for the legendary “Body & Soul” Sunday afternoon dance party, and for 6 years music and dance lovers from NYC and around the world came every week to experience the totally unique musical journey of classic, world, soul, disco, funk, and house.

Claussell's demand as a producer and remixer keeps him working and continues his worldwide DJ-ing schedule. His artistic talents are also sought after in the visual art world, where he toured with a project titled “Trembling Sensing Space”, produced by Dutch theater director Lidy Six. As a musician, Claussell has toured with the likes of the world-renowned percussionist Mino Cinelu, and he has also played alongside pianist/keyboard extraordinaire Bugge Wesseltoft in a band that includes Erik Truffaz, Ilhan Ersahin, Erik Holm, and Torun Eriksen.

While in New York, he also began the "Sacred Rhythm Party", designed to bring house music and live musicians together in an intimate environment, and his first Internet radio show titled “an invitation to openness”, gives him the freedom playing whatever speaks to him at that moment, as opposed to being at the mercy of the listening audience.

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


Joe Claussell Language (Album) Ibadan US 1999 Sell This Version
FOREST6.SRM-PATH9 Joaquin 'Joe' Claussell* Corresponding Echoes(CD, Album) Sacred Rhythm Music FOREST6.SRM-PATH9 Japan 2008 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Kerri Chandler And Joe Claussell Kerri Chandler And Joe Claussell - Escravos De Jo Ibadan US 1997 Sell This Version
YP 045 Shazz + Joe Claussell Shazz + Joe Claussell - Innerside(12") Yellow Productions YP 045 France 1998 Sell This Version
Joe Claussell Presents Cosmic Ritual Joe Claussell Presents Cosmic Ritual - Come Inside (The Loft) Spiritual Life Music US 1998 Sell This Version
IRC-018 Joe Claussell Matteens Theme / Marco Polo(12", TP) Ibadan IRC-018 US 1998 Sell This Version
Joe Claussell Je Ka Jo (Demo Version) Ibadan US 1999 Sell This Version
Joe Claussell Agora E Seu Tempo (Alternate Demo Takes) Spiritual Life Music US 1999 Sell This Version
Joe Claussell Spiritual Insurrection Mixes Ibadan, Ibadan 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
Joe Claussell Music... A Reason To Celebrate (Comp) Urban Theory UK 2001 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
SLMPRO-23 Joe Claussell Joe Claussell Presents - Music...A Reason To Celebrate(12", Promo) Spiritual Life Music SLMPRO-23 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
Joaquin "Joe" Claussell* Un.Chained Rhythums (Parts 1 & 2) Sacred Rhythm Music 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
Joaquin Joe Claussell* Residue Part 1 - Eno Sacred Rhythm Music 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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December 3, 2017
Bourgié Bourgié (Joe Claussell's Classic Remix) —does it exist on vinyl of any kind? Thanks in advance for the tip.


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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