Yusuf Sahilli is an Indie Rock / Nu Folk / Global Pop singer-songwriter from Berlin.
Twenty-something Yusuf Sahilli might sound like a blues man, or a new romantic, growling about wild nights spent searching, or letting his sweet tenor voice indulge into lustful melancholy moods. Fully buzzed on global sounds and brimming with boundless feel good passion and sympathy for the whole wide world.
He is open-minded, affable, sociable. Fancies a little party – or a big one! Likes things fast. Carries a smile behind his shades. And takes his guitar, keys and pedal steel to lend an Indie Rock / Nu Folk / Global Pop thought to the meaning of it all.
What are we really doin’ on this planet? Where are we goin’? What will remain of us when we leave? And what are we runnin’ on before that will happen? Last one is easy – love and compassion! If those are assured, things will fall into place pretty fast. Even with the help of the coffee grounds – if necessary – that finally persuaded his father to buy him his first electric guitar.
Young Yusuf, raised on Arabesque and Modern Classic, had connected to the Alt. Rock soundtrack of his generation and dug deep and fast into the history of the trade. From the Rock dinosaurs and the golden age of Pop through the Hippie era, the Beat of the Sixties and the Protest movement right down to the founding fathers of the Blues in the delta – Yusuf absorbed them all!
Backed by his trio of faithful companions, his favourite guitar player Damian Giambazi, Martin Krümmling (dr), two EPs have been released so far. Their third release „Atoms & The Void“ in the making, the three piece bring their enticing Indie Rock breed on the stage with plenty of grace – three part harmony vocals and all.
Last year saw the three of them get together with a couple of traditional Arab players to come up with some totally different musical flavours altogether. Everything is possible – as long as it’s catchy and making sense of things.
»All the way from Berlin, via Liverpool and Australia, twenty-something singer-songwriter Yusuf Sahilli takes a leaf or three out of John Lennon’s playbook, infused with a touch of “Graceland” and plenty of grace. Fully buzzed on global sounds – and the coffee grounds fortune that persuaded his father to finally buy him his first electric guitar – Yusuf and his band now string us along with their bouncy folk pop, spiced with Middle Eastern rhythms and melodies to honor his Turkish/Arabic roots. Check out Yusuf’s timeless tunes, brimming with boundless feel-good passion and compassion for the whole wide world.« Mercedes Benz Mixed-Tape
»Schöne Popstücke mit leicht orientalischen Sound. Trotzdem, nicht nur wegen des Gesangs, eben Pop.« Nikel Pallat [Indigo/Ton Steine Scherben]
»Yusuf Sahilli bietet einen schönen Ost-West-Fusion-Cocktail von der Instrumentation bis zur Komposition. Ein passender Trip…« [Peter Weihe/Anselm Kluge]