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uppermost
He may only be 21, but the man known as Uppermost has managed to create his own unique approach to EDM; a new type of philosophy that could possibly change the face of the scene altogether. Read more about this prodigy in our exclusive LessThan3 interview.
Uppermost - Underground Life [Uppwind]
LessThan3: Your track Heart Stopped Beating track is a welcome relief from the ground-shaking bass dominating much of today’s dubstep and electro house. Did you draw any influences from trip hop or underground hip hop?
Behdad: I take inspiration from artists like Burial, who is my main influence actually. There’s something huge in his tracks–that “far cry” he talks about–something that speaks to your soul. There are a few other artists I really like and respect; Apparat and his work in Moderat, Flying Lotus, Bonobo, Sigur Rós, and Telefon Tel Aviv.
LessThan3: Your music has progressed pretty quickly through different styles, from tech house to dubstep and electro to ambient. Do you ever see yourself settling in any one genre?
Behdad: I don’t want to settle in any genre. Actually, I try to avoid thinking in genres, because I believe thinking in genres locks creativity.
LessThan3: We heard a mix of yours recently that contained a lot of amazing unreleased tracks–what is the usual wait time between when you start playing a record out and when it is released?
Behdad: I’d say it really depends on the record. In my sets, I try to put out as much new stuff as possible. It can be unfinished drafts, tracks awaiting release, or just specific tunes I like to play out. I also love to make special edits of some tracks for my sets because it somehow refreshes the theme of the tracks I drop like that Cake Shop Is Dope tune; people don’t expect the change after the stupid vocal thing, which can be an awesome surprise and also sometimes an epic fail.
LessThan3: Your goal with your new label is to develop an online community with artistic functions that go far beyond that of traditional dance labels. Tell us more about your vision and the kinds of artists you’re hoping to work with on Uppwind.
Behdad: The idea behind Uppwind is to create a network where people can share art with each other; an artistic community where all talents can meet and learn from each other. I decided to make Uppwind after thinking a lot about genre classification, industry standardization, and the way everything is organized. We’re human first, so why would I stick myself to a specific style for the rest of my life when my mind is constantly asking for freedom? For Uppwind, I wish to welcome talented and open-minded artists, whatever their style is.
LessThan3: Street art is one of the most popular forms of modern expression. How do you see this falling into your new concept for Uppwind? Have you been inspired by Bansky or other similar artists in recent years?
Behdad: I’m really inspired by street art. I love the way it shares strong messages to people, low key but full of meanings. Banksy is one of those amazing guys; full of talent, focusing on their passion, preventing the beneficial circumstances from ruining their art. Uppwind is about trying to focus on these forms of expressions, should it be through freestyle sports, designs, graphics, sounds, and so on.
LessThan3: What decade do you think has had the biggest influence on your sound and development as a musician?
Behdad: I think that would be the 2000s. The Internet became very popular and helped new people to express their passions, allowing everyone to learn from others. In fact, I believe it’s only the beginning of a massive revolution.
LessThan3: You’re locked in a room with LessThan3 minutes before the world ends. In the middle of the room is an iPod with every song ever written on it. What do you listen to as the world comes to an end?
Behdad: 3 Minutes Of by Moderat.
LessThan3: Describe your sound in LessThan3 words.
Behdad: Unclassified.