Youri Donatz began performing as a DJ in 1998. The dance scene interested him since the age of 12, when he lived in Apeldoorn. He began his career working for a promotion company in Amersfoort. They organized the Camel Party Flights (Prague, Lisbon, Barcelona) and, together with Club Risk, the Islander festival where Louie Vega, Kerrie Chandler, Ian Pooley, and Roog were guest DJs. Soon after teaming up with Club Risk, Youri Donatz performed in clubs like Panama (Amsterdam), Now & Wow (Rotterdam), Powerzone (Amsterdam), Monza (Utrecht), Winkel van Sinkel (Utrecht),Club Rotterdam (Rotterdam), Cruise Terminal (Rotterdam) etc.
He is influenced by the melodic sound of (deep) house and interested in the music from DJs like; François K, Danny Krivit, Joey Claussel, Bob Sinclar, Todd Terry, Masters at Work, Sneak, Gregory, Dj Deep, Audiowhores, Copyright, Joey Negro, Tiger Stripes, Mark Knight, David Penn, Jamie Lewis and so on.
Youri started building his own studio in 2003 and a couple of years later he remixed a unofficial mix of Erick-E’s ‘Boogie Down’. This record and other ones soon got major support from famous DJs like Erick-E, Roog, Funkerman and Fedde le Grand. Soon after that, he joined 1management and this really took his career to another level. Sneakerz Muzik dropped his first official release ‘That Chicago Song’ and ‘Freak Until You’ with a remix of Erick-E in 2007 and turned it into a big hit. Nowadays, his releases and remixes [‘Buy this record’, ‘This is Different’, ‘Bounce for me’, ‘Pleasant Experience’, Baggi Begovic- ‘Break of Dawn’ (Youri Donatz Remix), Josh The Funky 1 & Harrison Crump- ‘Konstruction’ (Youri Donatz Remix), Ron Carroll- ‘Walking down the street’ (Youri Donatz Remix) and more] are being supported by: Eddie Thoneick, Dj Rooster, Freemaisons, Jason Herd, Tall Paul, David Penn, Tom de Neef, Gregor Salto, Patrick le Funk, Funkerman, Wez Clarke, Roman Curtis, Dave Lambert, Fabio Tosti, Baggi Begovic, Saeed Younan and many more Djs and producers.
In 2009, his stuff really took off: ‘I like this sound’ was signed to Fedde Le Grand’s Blackbird and his more soulful tracks are being released by Peppermint Jam and Tempogroove. Besides that, Oliver Twizt en Youri Donatz compiled a brand new Sneakerz CD and toured around the Netherlands. He also did loads of releases and remixes with Sneakerz Muzik! And watch out, because more projects are coming in 2010! Like Fedde le Grand ft Mr V- ‘Back n Forth’ (Youri Donatz en Franky Rizardo Remix), Shermanology- ‘The Weather’(Youri Donatz en Franky Rizardo Remix) both on Flamingo Recordings. And a new bomb on Blackbird en EP on Sneakerz MUZIK and SMKSTFF!!
Colorswork Recordings (HOUSE)In 2007, Youri Donatz & Michel Post started a brand new digital record label, Colorswork Recordings (House) with two divisions: house music and more electronic house music.