The French-American artist and producer first burst onto the scene with her international underground hit “Pop The Glock,” released in 2006 on Parisian record label Ed Banger Records. Alongside her label mates Justice and Mr. Oizo, Uffie became a sort of musical sensation throughout the mid-to-late aughts, cumulating in the critically-acclaimed album “Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans” in 2010.
After taking a nearly six-year hiatus to start a family and relocate to LA, Uffie reappeared in 2017 with a feature on Charli XCX’s “Babygirl.” Earlier in 2019, Uffie released her anticipated EP – the first in nearly a decade – titled Tokyo Love Hotel. In addition to sharing her own music, Uffie also recently co-wrote P!NK’s new single “Hurts 2B Human (ft. Khalid).”
When and why did you start playing/performing?
I started performing later in my teen years… because I released music and got offered to play. I was terrified but it was always quite magical.
What’s it like working solo instead of being part of a collaboration?
Collaborating is magical. Different people accentuate different parts of me and I find the flow much more productive. You feed off each others energy. There are some moments though where its impossible to describe what you’re hearing and or seeing, and for those I am working on my own production skills.
What names or alter egos have you tried out on your musical journey?
I got it right the first time around with my name, but am also sometimes referred to as Uffington, Uff, Oeuf/egg and mother.
Where do you call home?
The feeling of home is wherever my children are. The pin on a map is Europe. The present is Los Angeles.
Are you most comfortable on stage or in the sound booth?
Depends on the stage, the booth, and my mood.
Is a Jaffa Cake a biscuit or a cake?
It is, in fact, a biscuit sized cake.
You’ve collaborated with a myriad of musical icons, who was the best and who was the worst?
I love all of my iconic collaborators equally. She says diplomatically
What were you thinking about as you were writing your new single, “Weed & Drum Machine”?
It was a very very fun jam with two friends, that was later remixed, and that is now the “original.” It’s about being on a wave and riding it.
How is music changing the world?
By opening minds, making people think, or sometimes helping them to stop thinking and just exist in the moment.
What was the first tune(s) you learned?
Probably “Hot Cross Buns”
What is the most embarrassing song in your music library?
Probably an old demo of mine
How do you handle a fuck up on stage?
Laugh, oops, carry on and keep calm.
Who or what is your ultimate influence, musical or otherwise?
Daydreams and imagination.
Why the hiatus and what bought you back?
The need to focus on my human and then the need to express my artist.
What scares you most in the world?
The future of our planet and something happening to one of my children.
Which Spice Girl would you be?
Ginger for life.
Are there any songs that you have written but had to let another artist record?
I’ve never had to, but I have had the pleasure of co-writing P!nk feat. Khalid’s “Hurts 2B Human” and have continued co-writing for other artists this year, which I’m really enjoying.
Where and when would you travel back in time to perform?
The Années folles Paris.
If I gave you an elephant where would you hide it?
In plain sight. On the terrace. At noon.
If you could choose one song that you wish that you had written, what would it be?
That’s an impossible question so I am going to ignore it.
If you could have anyone locked in a room so that you could torment them for a day, whom would you choose and how would you torment them?
The man who took the last croissant in front of me at my local cafe this morning. I’d probably lock him in a very bright room playing baby shark on repeat, eating croissants slowly in front of him.
Why is a raven like a writing desk?
They were both essential to Poe.
What is your greatest vice?
Nespresso pods. I can’t have them in my home anymore. You’d be surprised how your day goes when you have 5 espressos before 2PM.
If music is the answer, what is the question?
There are a million to prelude this answer: What unites humanity, What makes you feel things, what you lost your virginity too.
Tell me one thing that you wouldn’t want your mummy to know?
I wash my hair with Evian.
How could you be pigeonholed?
How could you not when you’re free
How have you evolved since your first, underground hit “Pop The Glock”?
We (hopefully) all evolve, grow, and change as humans the longer we are here. So aside from growing and progressing, I’d say the biggest difference is going from knowing absolutely nothing about music as a business, to now having been in it over a decade.
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