Drummer Yussef Dayes drops new video, “Duality”
Drummer Yussef Dayes has just dropped a new single/video called “Duality,” directed by German photographer Florian Joahn.
About Yussef Dayes:
One of the UK’s most exciting, innovative young drummers and producers, 26-year-old Yussef Dayes is best known for work with his brothers in United Vibrations, and also as one half of electrifying duo Yussef Kamaal. Though largely considered a “jazz” drummer, his sound melds everything from 70s funk to Senegalese percussion to recent UK grime. The unifying factor is a fluid, vital energy. Born and raised in South East London, Dayes received his first drum kit for his fourth birthday, and grew up playing along to his jazz musician father’s vinyl collection. This was the closest Yussef had to a formal jazz education until aged ten, when he studied under Billy Cobham (Miles Davis’ drummer) for two years consecutively, which he considers to have been the most impactful thing for his progression. He spent his adolescence gigging with his brothers in afrobeat and rock-influenced jazz group, United Vibrations, before collaborating with long-time acquaintance Kamaal Williams in 2015 on the project that would become Yussef Kamaal. Their debut album, Black Focus, was met with much critical acclaim – now silver-certified, the LP won the pair Best Breakthrough Act at the 2017 Jazz FM Awards. Following 2018’s ‘Love Is The Message’, 2019 has been a busy year for Yussef working towards his transcendental first solo project due this December. This year Yussef has worked on collaborative projects across the board with some of the most exciting musicians in the UK at the moment. With a joint album with Tom Misch to be released in early 2020, Yussef’s musical artistry continues to push boundaries beyond the drum kit, to writing and production.
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