Now that he has putting the finishing touches on his career-spanning Trap Shit series and turned to the future with the symbolic Frontier EP, UZ gave fans unprecedented access to the masked trap icon in a Reddit AMA.
Just hours before answering questions, UZ released a massive BitTorrent Bundle of 45 tracks including some unreleased tunes, the entire Frontier EP, and a healthy dose of Trap Shit items, which also serve as clues to find the fabled V10 once rumored to be discarded (follow the directions in the bundle, or click here for cheaters and the impatient).
With his three-year Trap Shit era at a close, UZ opened up on most everything to the Reddit community in an Ask Me Anything–except his real identity. We give you the highlights below.
1. He’s not taking off the mask. So stop asking.
Will you ever show your face to the people of EDM?
ИØ, Ị₮’Ϩ ИØ₮ ỊϺⱣØЯ₮∆И₮
2. He drives manual.
Do you program your high-hats manually or do you use an arpeggiator? I’ve noticed your patterns are all so different and amazing.
ΫЄϨ Ị ⱣЯØ₲Я∆Ϻ ЄVЄЯΫ₮ῌỊИ₲ Ϻ∆ИṲ∆ⱢⱢΫ, JṲϨ₮ ṲϨỊИ₲ ϺỊƉỊ ₣ØЯ ϨṲƁ Ɓ∆ϨϨ ∆ИƉ ϨΫИ₮ῌϨ
3. Plays well with others.
Who would you like to collab with? Any collabs we don’t know about yet that you can share?
Ị ῌ∆VЄ ∆ ⱢØ₮ Ø₣ ϾØⱢⱢ∆ƁϨ ØИ ₮ῌЄ Ш∆Ϋ, Ϻ∆ΫῌЄϺ, QṲỊX, ƁЄ∆ZΫ₮ỊϺЄϨ, ØϨКỊ…∆ИƉ ϺØЯЄ
4. He’s a Cubase guy.
What DAW do you use?
5. His mask is cousins with Slipknot’s masks, or something.
Is there a reason you chose your mask and snapback or is it just supposed to look badass?
₮ῌЄ Ϻ∆ϨК Ш∆Ϩ Ϻ∆ƉЄ ƁΫ Я∆ⱢỊϨ, ῌЄ ∆ⱢϨØ ƉỊƉ Ϩ₮ЄИϾῌϺ∆И ∆ИƉ ϨⱢỊⱣКИØ₮’Ϩ Ϻ∆ϨКϨ
Ị ƁØṲ₲ῌ₮ ₮ῌЄ ῌ∆₮ ỊИ V∆ИϾØṲVЄЯ ØИ ϺΫ ϨЄϾØИƉ ϨῌØШ, Ị Ш∆Ϩ ШЄ∆ЯỊИ₲ ϺΫ Ϻ∆И∆₲ЄЯ’Ϩ Ɫ∆ ῌ∆₮ ØИ ϺΫ ₣ỊЯϨ₮ ϨῌØШ
6. He plays favorites.
What is your favorite song and why?
₣∆VØЯỊ₮Є ШØṲⱢƉ ƁЄ ₮Я∆Ᵽ ϨῌỊ₮ 6 ∆ИƉ 23, 6 ỊϨ Я∆Ш ∆Ϩ ₣ṲϾК ∆ИƉ 23 JṲϨ₮ ϨØṲИƉϨ ⱣṲЯЄ ₲∆И₲Ϩ₮∆
7. He has more secrets.
Do you produce under any other aliases?
8. But they have nothing to do with deep house.
do you plan to reposition your brand to a more [eclectic] direction since you amassed this big legion of trap fans to follow you and I get the feeling you’ll start gravitating more towards a genre-less work?
Ị’Ϻ ₲ØỊИ₲ ₮Ø ЄXⱣЄЯỊϺЄИ₮ ϺØЯЄ ШỊ₮ῌ ϨØṲИƉϨ ∆ИƉ ₮ЄϺⱣØϨ, ƉØИ’₮ ШØЯЯΫ Ị ШØИ’₮ Ϻ∆КЄ ƉЄЄⱣ ῌØṲϨЄ ⱢØⱢ
9. Less is more.
Any tips on arrangement, rhythm ‘n’ stuff?
КЄЄⱣ ΫØṲЯ ϺṲϨỊϾ ϨỊϺⱣⱢЄ ∆ИƉ ƉØИ’₮ ØVЄЯⱣЯØƉṲϾЄ, ЯṲⱢЄϨ ∆ⱣⱣⱢΫ ỊИ ϨЄQṲЄИϾỊИ₲ ƁṲ₮ ϨØϺЄ₮ỊϺЄϨ ƁЯЄ∆КỊИ₲ ЯṲⱢЄϨ ỊϨ ₲ØØƉ
10. Trap’s future doesn’t involve EDM.
What do you think is the future of the trap genre?
₮ῌЄ ₣Ṳ₮ṲЯЄ Ø₣ ₮Я∆Ᵽ ШØṲⱢƉ ƁЄ ₣ØЯ Ị₮ ₮Ø ϾØϺЄ Ɓ∆ϾК ₮Ø Ɓ∆ϨỊϾϨ, ϺØЯЄ “ῌỊⱣ ῌØⱣ” ₮ῌ∆И “ЄƉϺ”, ₮ῌ∆₮’Ϩ Шῌ∆₮ Ị Ш∆И₮
11. Also it makes his head hurt.
Ị’Ϻ ∆Ϻ ИØ₮ ЯЄ∆ⱢⱢΫ ₣ЄЄⱢỊИ₲ ₮ῌЄ ЄƉϺ ϨØṲИƉ ЯỊ₲ῌ₮ ИØШ, ∆ⱢⱢ ₮ῌØϨЄ ϨΫИ₮ῌϨ ∆ЯЄ ₲ỊVỊИ₲ ϺЄ ∆ ῌЄ∆Ɖῌ∆ϾῌЄ, Ị Ш∆И₮ ₮Ø ƁЄ ϺỊИỊϺ∆Ɫ ∆ИƉ ϺØЯЄ ⱣЄЯϾṲϨϨỊVЄ, ₮ЯỊƁ∆Ɫ.
12. Trap might want to think about turning down a little.
Do you think trap music is going into a good direction?
ⱢỊКЄ ∆ИΫ ₲ЄИЯЄ Ị₮Ϩ ₲Є₮₮ỊИ₲ ∆ ⱢỊ₮₮ⱢЄ Ϩ∆₮ṲЯ∆₮ЄƉ ƁṲ₮ ₮ῌЄЯЄ’Ϩ ϨØϺЄ ₲ØØƉ Ϩ₮Ṳ₣₣ ῌ∆ⱣⱣЄИỊИ₲, Ị₮ JṲϨ₮ ИЄЄƉϨ ₮Ø ₲Є₮ Ɓ∆ϾК ₮Ø ₮ῌЄ Ɓ∆ϨỊϾϨ, ∆ ϺØЯЄ ϺỊИỊϺ∆Ɫ Ϩ₮∆₮Є
13. This is just the beginning.
Please tell me you’re not retiring
ИØ Ị’Ϻ ИØ₮ Ị’Ϻ JṲϨ₮ ₲Є₮₮ỊИ₲ Ϩ₮∆Я₮ЄƉ
14. Plus, he can haz bomb Spanish food while in Florida.
When you come to Orlando, you want to eat dinner at my place? My momma makes some bomb Spanish food. Can’t wait for your show here!