French-born, Los Angeles-based producer / DJ / artist UZ is one of the founding fathers and most forward-thinking innovators of modern trap music, a genre he helped elevate from a nascent underground sound to a worldwide musical movement. Now with seven years as an influential tastemaker and nearly 200 releases to his name, UZ remains an active voice in trap via his groundbreaking original music, speaker-rattling live sets and trendsetting label, Quality Goods Records.
UZ first exploded onto SoundCloud in 2012 via his celebrated 'Trap Shit' project, a long-running series of singles and tracks that are today considered genre-defining trap classics. 'Trap Shit' - which ultimately concluded in 2015 after 25 installments and included official releases on Jeffree's (Mad Decent) and Boysnoize Records - has since garnered millions of collective streams. His 2013 follow-up 'BallTrap Muzic Vol.1' compilation, commissioned by Red Bull Studios, featured contributions from Trinidad Jame$, Trae tha Truth, Problem, Salva, Casey Veggies, Djemba Djemba and many others.
In June 2017, UZ released his debut album, 'Layers' (Quality Goods Records), which features major collaborations with next-gen rappers and celebrated producers like QUIX, OG Maco, Craze, Elliphant, Foreign Beggars and Two Fresh. Led by power singles 'Stockholm White' (+1.3M / Spotify) and 'Gone' (+2.1M / Spotify), 'Layers' peaked at #24 on Billboard's Dance / Electronic Album Sales chart.
After years of operating as an anonymous act, UZ finally unveiled his true identity as Guillaume P. to his fans in summer 2017. In doing so, he fully revealed his extensive musical history: He had a past life as the revered house act Plezier, with acclaimed releases on labels like Moda Black, Strictly Rhythm and Brownswood Records. In his beatmatching and scratching days as DJ Troubl, he became an award-winning turntablist / producer and two-time World Champion Turntablist.
With the grand unveiling came a brand-new artist album and an overall aesthetic reimagination: Released in May 2018 on Quality Goods Records, 'The Rebirth', UZ's aptly titled second artist album, ushered in a complete sonic and visual rebrand for the artist. Merging hip-hop and electronic music, 'The Rebirth' is a stripped-backed take on UZ's signature trap sound. The album is led by 'Leave It' (+3.7M / Spotify), featuring Atlanta rapper Rome Fortune, and also features collaborations with Bok Nero, Nevve and several others. In conjunction with The Rebirth, UZ released 'The Rebirth Documentary', which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the album, and launched the coinciding immersive 'The Rebirth North American Tour', which featured brand-new live visuals and a freshly updated UZ mask.
Elsewhere, his discography as UZ includes countless singles and collaborations with major pop and electronic artists, including T-Pain ('Do Wrong'), Ice Cube ('Drop Girl'), Flosstradamus, Zeds Dead, Baauer, DJ Shadow and Alex Metric, among many others.
Recently, UZ has been teasing his forthcoming third album, due out in 2020, via a handful of early singles, including 'Awakening,' a collaboration with Hucci; 'Bang Bang,' "a low-register boom for smoky club floors and dark back alley mischief" (Billboard); and 'Fire,' featuring rising Chicago rapper SoloSam. Combining his old-school hip-hop influences with the new wave of trap music, the forthcoming album will explore a new side of UZ's sound and will see the artist expanding his creative scope via enhanced production and songwriting techniques and full-on collaborations with rappers and vocalists.
As founder and head of A&R for his trendsetter label Quality Goods Records, UZ is a bona fide tastemaker who's leading the next wave of all-around bass music acts via his expertly curated artist roster and releases. Since launching in April 2016, with UZ serving up the inaugural release via his 'Magellan' EP, Quality Goods Records has discovered and developed breakout electronic and bass music artists, including SAYMYNAME, Oski, Ian Munro, TYNAN, Nitti Gritti, Bishu, UNKWN, Jon Casey and several others.
On the live front, UZ is an internationally touring artist with a dedicated worldwide following. His high-octane performances, which explore the newest and most underground sounds and artists in trap, bass and beyond, have taken him to virtually every global music festival stage, including Coachella, Sonar, EDC Las Vegas, Ultra Music Festival and countless others. Additionally, his headlining tours have taken him to the top clubs and venues across North America, Australia, Canada, Asia, Europe, South America and Africa.
As he celebrates seven years as a pioneer in the global bass scene and as his Quality Goods Records imprint enters its third year as the industry's future-forward collective, UZ will continue to push beyond genre confines as the rule-breaking creative he's been all these years. Stay tuned for new music and a brand-new UZ album that will take the innovative artist to new sonic territories.
24 Sep, 2019
UZ's new track 'Bang Bang' is featured in Billboard, and he announces the release of his 3rd album in 2020.
24 Sep, 2019
"Back in January, UZ sent the trap world into a frenzy when he teased that he was finishing a collab with none other than Hucci. After six long months, we're finally being blessed with their insanely intense collaboration 'Awakening' out today via Quality Goods Records and we are not worthy" - Run The Trap
24 Sep, 2019
UZ shares raw live footage from his Spring / Summer 2019 USA Tour
24 Sep, 2019
UZ produced new track from Rome Fortune... 'Pace'.
"UZ's recently been working on very bold sounds that are quite different from what people know him from" - Hypebeast
24 Sep, 2019
In partnership with Serato, UZ releases mini-documentary on his latest album 'The Rebirth'.
17 Jul, 2017
UZ's new album 'Layers' was released on 30th June on Quality Goods Records.
Listen to it here on Soundcloud.
19 Jun, 2017
Trap mavericks UZ and Stooki Sound have released a fiery new collaborative single titled 'Bang', featuring Foreign Beggars and Onoe Caponoe.
The track is a formidable score loaded with commanding low-end thuds and eerily melodic riffs, bringing together a blend of cross-Atlantic styles with precision and guttural drive.
Released 30th June 2017, pre-order from the link below.
22 May, 2017
UZ produced a special Quest Mix for Annie Nightingale on her BBC Radio 1 show.
04 Mar, 2017
UZ's new video for the track 'Storm' ft. Blow Fever, is premiered in Magnetic Magazine along with an in-depth interview.
UZ will feature in the forthcoming Quality Goods Records American tour.
07 Feb, 2017
'Stockholm White' is something of a collaborative affair and features UZ with hip hop double-act Two Fresh and edgy pop vocalist Elliphant - making for a glorious collision of sounds and styles. The tune opens with a raw yet growling energy, Elliphant's omnipresent tones rippling out of the silence before surging drums accompany the listener towards a disjointed, steppy breakdown. Sub bass visibly washes over the brooding bassline as the track develops, to a climax now with just mere snatches of vocals mimicking its frantic energy.
Released on 2nd March.