Article By: Max Rothstein
Photography By: Jeremy Elder
It’s difficult to pack a place like The Lost Lake Lounge on a Wednesday night. But French house DJ, Uppermost, managed to do it without an issue. The Paris based producer, who has a little over 84,000 followers on Soundcloud and millions of collective plays on his tracks, put on a phenomenal feel-good show for such a diverse audience that it put marketing focus groups to shame.
As a textbook example of hard-working, Uppermost released his first debut album, Action, in fall of 2011 through his own label, Uppwind, and released his second album, Polis, only a few months later. The following year, he released another two albums before spreading out his releases more. His most recent album, Perseverance, was released last month.
Uppermost came onstage at 10:30 sharp, beer in hand, to an ecstatic crowd. The beginning of his set featured a mix of his classic tracks, such as the extremely popular, “Beautiful Lights”, as well as material from his latest album such as “Step by Step.” The experience he picked up from his decade-long career was evident through his smooth transitions between songs and his calm yet encouraging stage presence, much like his music. Even with the striking age and appearance differences of his audience, the crowd looked as though they could not have had a better time.
One of the biggest surprises of the night was a remix he did of the song AUGUST 21, 2016 by the famous and mysterious Instagram singer-songwriter, Shiloh Dynasty. The original song achieved mainstream popularity after XXXTENTACION sampled it in his song, “Jocelyn Flores.” However, unlike the original track and X’s song, Uppermost managed to creatively overshadow the song’s usual somber tone with one that was more upbeat and cheerful. I had never heard this remix before and after a deep search sadly failed to find the name of it leaving the assumption that the track may currently be unreleased.
Simply put, Uppermost’s performance, like Dom Perignon or Louis Vuitton, was impeccable. His years of hard work showed clearly and proves that his name is more than worthy to be alongside other great French house artists such as Daft Punk and Cassius.