Tokyo Love Hotel and Beyond
Uffie storms back with her new single Mine after a 10-year hiatus. The slow rhythm that moves the track forward with claps and synth accompaniment to Uffie’s dramatic melodic vocals and rap make this single a one to remember, or in Uffie’s words, it makes your ‘heart go rum-tum-tum [...] beating like a single drum.’ The lyrics of the song revolve around a person the character meets, and as she cannot get him out of her mind, the listener is hypnotized by the tune.
Uffie aka Anna-Catherine Hartley, an electro-pop American-French musician, singer, song-writer has recently released her new EP Tokyo Love Hotel. The EP is characterized with the synth-pop melody in the song Drugs with an authentic 90s feel and a twist to a new sound, rap in Sharpie, and slow beats in Papercuts.
With this epic comeback Uffie is to stay, she continues to release singles, throw DJ sets, while being involved in writing for other artists, as the latest title track Hurts 2B Human for Pink. The EP is the first full-length project after her debut album Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans released back in 2010.
WE SPEAK WITH UFFIE ABOUT THE NEW SOUND IN THE LATEST EP, ABOUT STARTING A FAMILY, THE COMEBACK TO THE MUSIC SCENE, AND HER DJ SETS. IN SADMONEY UFFIE SINGS ‘I WISH I KNEW THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE,’ AND WE DON’T DOUBT THAT SHE LEARNED IT IN THE EARLY STAGES OF HER MUSIC CAREER. LISTEN TO THE FULL EP ON UFFIE’S OFFICIAL WEBSITE.
‘YOU HAVE TO THINK OF EVERY DETAIL AND HAVE THE VISION FOR EACH ONE. I REALLY FUCK WITH IT’
Hi Uffie, tell us about your EP Tokyo Love Hotel. How do you think you have developed as an artist when you compare the new sound to the major success you had several years back with your debut album Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans?
Tokyo Love Hotel was a very different record for me, and it was magical to make. I learned so much during the process about myself, collaborating, and from the incredible co-writes. It was my first body of work as an independent artist, which was such a new experience for me. You have to think of every detail and have the vision for each one… I really fuck with it. I think my art has grown with me and I feel really in sync with it if that makes sense. I’m enjoying letting it flow.
What’s your favorite track on this EP and how would you refer to it lyrics wise in terms of inspiration?
That's a tough one... I really love all of these songs very much, but Sadmoney is probably the most special to me. It was just a very real and honest moment without trying to turn the song into anything bigger or other than what it is.
Apart from the huge comeback with the EP and a recently released new single you also play DJ sets. Could you share some of the artists and influences you include on your set, and what's the main mood that you have in your vision to achieve for the audience?
I was fortunate to grow up in the scene around some very, very talented DJs. They are a huge inspiration. I’ve never been incredibly comfortable with having all eyes on me and being under the spotlight on stage… and I think that's why my live sets are pretty interactive. I like the idea that it’s one giant house party and we are all there together to have fun in a happy safe space. My sets are pretty eclectic… from Dopplereffekt to Swae Lee and everything in between. I love how DJs used to have to search record stores when they traveled to find really dope music, not everyone had, and I try to bring that into my sets whether it be unreleased material from myself or a new discovery.
‘IT’S NOT THE EASIEST LIFE IN A PRACTICAL SENSE, BUT I WOULDN’T HAVE IT ANY OTHER WAY’
One of the reasons to take a step back from your music career was starting a family. How do you find the right balance today between family life and the hectic comeback in which you not only create music but play gigs, DJ sets, and co-write for other artists?
When my kids were very young, it was super hard for me to find the balance. I felt stretched too thin too quickly, and I wanted to put my family first. I am really thankful for that decision. While my children are now at an older age, in school, and developing their own passions, I think having a parent who really loves what they do is important for them to be surrounded by. Living in LA makes this career a lot easier… I am able to do the majority of my studio time while they are in school, and we share about our days when we’re together in the evening. I am blessed with a team that I also consider a family, and we all work in unison to create a balance between our personal lives and our work. It’s not the easiest life in a practical sense, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What’s the best part and the main feeling of releasing the EP and songs you’ve been working on for the past period?
Sharing it with my day-one fans and seeing how much we’ve all grown. Also, falling in love with writing and creating all over again.
What might be the next project you would like to take part in this year?
I am working on a new record that I am really excited about, but I’m getting much deeper in the artwork part of my universe. That’s a new challenge and really exciting. Writing more for other artists is something I’m really excited about as well!