UZ unveils his true identity and releases debut LP, ‘Layers’
UZ has built his trap empire upon his gritty, festival-ready pieces and anonymity, ensuring focus is always kept on the music he’s had to offer. After half a decade in the scene, however, it’s time for the mask to come off.
Why now? UZ answers this question: “The anonymity was fun when I started it 5 years ago, but now I feel like there’s too many masked artists and it really has become more of a gimmick than a message.” He continued on, expressing a need to be more visible now that he is a label owner and curator who just put out a brand new artist album.
“The anonymity was fun when I started it 5 years ago, but now I feel like there’s too many masked artists and it really has become more of a gimmick than a message. Our motto at the time was to let the music speak by itself and not focus on the artist. It’s still true, but now that I’m a curator and I’m working full-time on my label Quality Goods Records, I need to make myself heard, talk to people face to face, etc.… Also people need to know where I’ve come from and where I’m going – right here, right now. It’s just the beginning of a whole new journey for me and I’m really excited about it.”
It turns out UZ was quite an accomplished musician prior to donning his enigmatic trap moniker. The native Frenchman, who says fans can now call him “G,” was most well-known before as DJ TROUBL – world champion of both the All-star Beatdown competition in New York and also the I.T.F beat-juggling competition. He also had a house alias called Plezier, which has garnered the support of Claude VonStroke in the past.
Visible to the world, UZ is ready to interact with fans and show a whole new side of him with his new LP Layers, which features a full-bodied bunch of bass-fueled records spanning from the left-field into heavier rap territory. The album is available to stream on major platforms, and can be purchased here.