DJ Directory Mix: Yuri

Meet Yuri, the seriously unserious Leeds selector...

York has never had a reputation for being a party town. However, tucked away just within the historic city walls lies Bar Lane Studios, where Sam Jefferies divulges his passion as a painter by day and a DJ by night under the guise of Yuri.

Now living in Leeds, Sam is fast establishing a reputation for having a musical knowledge beyond his years and a record collection that could outmatch selectors well into their 30s. In this exclusive 6 hour recording for our DJ Directory series, we get a glimpse into this vast collection from hip-hop, funk and soul to house, electro, disco and beyond.

The mix is also available to stream via Mixcloud.

Read the full feature at Stamp The Wax...

“As soon as you start taking it too seriously you lose that joy that got you into it in the first place”, he tells us, downplaying the role of the DJ as “just a person curating other peoples’ tunes.” This doesn’t just account for Sam’s mentality, who spins under the Yuri moniker, but also what he plays.

Playing rare and obscure takes diligence, but to Sam “knowing when to play something everyone knows”, is just fine an art. His priority is to create an environment for having fun, in the booth and in front of it, whether it’s through the hard-hitting political content of Underground Resistance or Amerie ‘1 Thing’.

His Rhumboogie parties, run with Fil and Anthony prioritise the same principals, without leaning on headliners and keeping a charitable aspect at the fore. A visual artist and producer with a debut release coming out later this year, Sam’s artistic exploits reach further than the dance floor, as does his awareness for the power and morality of music.

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