Uppermost

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Uppermost
Background information
Birth name Behdad Nejatbakhshe
Also known as Uppermost, Downed, Alonely
Origin Paris, France
Genres Electro house, electroclash, progressive house, experimental, French house
Occupation(s) Producer, DJ
Years active 2008–present
Labels Uppwind Records, Bazooka Records,[1] Zimbalam
Associated acts Yoann Feynman, Antillas
Website uppermostmusic.com

Behdad Nejatbakhshe, better known by his stage name Uppermost, is a French electronic music producer and multi-instrumentalist based in Paris, France.

Career[edit]

Uppermost started producing music using FL Studio at the age of 17. His music has been released by Sony BMG, Ministry of Sound, BugEyed Records, Starlight Records, and his own label, Uppwind.[2] His song "Equivocal" reached 3rd place in the Beatport electro-house chart in 2009 and in 2011 his Biscuit Factory EP ranked 1st on the JunoDownload electro-house chart.[3] Uppermost has remixed Daft Punk, deadmau5, Burial, Crystal Castles, Johnathan Coulton, Syl Johnson, Congorock, Gregor Tresher, Cyberpunkers, OniMe, Jesus Luz, Spencer & Hill and Felguk. He has been playlisted by artists such as Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Steve Angello and remixed by the popular Swedish dance duo Dada Life. In 2010, Uppermost released 41 tracks for free on his MySpace page under the aliases Uppermost, Alonely and Downed.[4] Uppermost is currently working to promote his record label, Uppwind. His goal 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."[5] Uppermost's idea to create music came from "an urge to express what I (Uppermost) felt at the time, some kind of nostalgia, music seemed to be the only language to translate this emotion."[6]

On 19 September 2011, Uppermost released his debut album, Action, on his own label, Uppwind. It was made available for purchase on Beatport and Amazon on 28 November. On 19 December 2011, he released his second album, Polis, for free on his Uppwind blog, just two months after the release of Action. Uppermost began performing at live events in early 2012, starting with his gig at Alte Kaserne in Zurich. He made his first French radio interview on a student's radio named CommonWave on 21 January 2012 with Steige and Zach Mayer.

Influences[edit]

He cites Burial and Daft Punk as some of his greatest influences.[7][8][9]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details
2011 Action
  • Released: 19 September 2011 (CD), 28 November 2011 (Download)
  • Label: Uppwind/Zimbalam
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2011 Polis
  • Released: 19 December 2011
  • Label: Uppwind
  • Formats: Free digital download
2012 One
  • Released: 10 September 2012
  • Label: Uppwind
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2012 Control
  • Released: 17 December 2012
  • Label: Uppwind
  • Formats: Free digital download
2013 Revolution
  • Released: 10 June 2013
  • Label: Uppwind
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2014 Evolution
  • Released: 14 April 2014
  • Label: Uppwind
  • Formats: CD, digital download
2017 Origins (2011-2016)
  • Released: 10 February 2017
  • Label: Uppwind
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download
2018 Perseverance
  • Released: 23 March 2018
  • Label: Uppwind
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download
Given by Nature
  • Released: 7 September 2018
  • Label: Uppwind
  • Format: LP, CD, digital download

Extended plays[edit]

  • Daily Clouds EP (2008)
  • Funk EP (2008)
  • Uncontrollable EP (with Yoann Feynman) (2008)
  • Cake Shop EP (2009)
  • Off Stage EP(2009)
  • Punch EP (2009)
  • Mainstreaminization EP (2010)
  • Biscuit Factory EP (2011)
  • A Fallen Soul (2011)
  • Method of Noise EP (2011)
  • System32 EP (2011)
  • Underground Life EP (2011)
  • Life Is a Fight (2012)
  • Hidden Poetry (2013)
  • New Moon (2015)
  • Impact (2016)

Singles[edit]

  • 2012: "Dance"
  • 2012: "Beautiful Light"
  • 2015: "Disco Kids"
  • 2016: "Hold Me Up" (featuring Vita Schmidt)
  • 2016: "Impact"
  • 2016: "Hope"
  • 2016: "Stay in Love" (featuring Ofelia)
  • 2017: "Retro Digital"
  • 2017: "Make A Change"
  • 2017: "Step by Step (featuring Sôra)"
  • 2018: "Slide (featuring Yudimah)"
  • 2018: "Given by Nature"

Promotional releases[edit]

Remixes[edit]

  • 2007: Kevin Tandarsen - Moria
  • 2008: Cyberpunkers - Is Alternative
  • 2008: Missy Jay - Nobody's Perfect
  • 2009: Disco Bitch - C'est Beau La Bourgeoisie (Kevin Tandarsen & Uppermost Remix)
  • 2009: Greenpower featuring Ely Morelli - What Is Love?
  • 2009: Nina Martine - Kick It
  • 2009: OniMe - Close Your Eyes
  • 2010: Swen Weber & Jewelz - Memory
  • 2010: Spencer & Hill - 303
  • 2010: Sebastien Szade & Eddine.B - Pyramid of Kheops
  • 2010: deadmau5 - Complications [unreleased]
  • 2010: Jesus Luz - Around the World
  • 2010: deadmau5 - Jaded
  • 2010: Squeeeze! - Doop
  • 2010: Felguk - Side By Side
  • 2010: Daft Punk - Technologic
  • 2010: Rene Rodrigezz featuring Sivana Reese - More & More
  • 2010: Syl Johnson - I'm Talking About Freedom
  • 2010: Jonathan Coulton - Still Alive
  • 2010: Burial - Archangel
  • 2010: Fatboy Slim - Star 69 [unreleased]
  • 2011: OniMe - Elsewhere
  • 2011: Crystal Castles - Vietnam
  • 2011: Keane - He Used To Be a Lovely Boy
  • 2011: Burial - Forgive & Street Halo
  • 2011: Dada Life - Happy Violence
  • 2012: Sebastien Benett - Slap
  • 2012: Lemaitre - Appreciate
  • 2013: Futurecop! featuring Cavaliers of Fun - Atlantis 1997
  • 2013: Camo & Krooked featuring Ian Shaw - Move Around
  • 2014: Daft Punk - Face to Face
  • 2014: Röyksopp - Poor Leno
  • 2015: Phoenix - Bourgeois
  • 2015: Adele - Hello
  • 2015: Modjo - Lady
  • 2015: Christine and The Queens - Saint Claude
  • 2016: Olga Kouklaki - Oxytocin
  • 2016: Rihanna - "Work"
  • 2016: Halsey - Haunting
  • 2017: Flyboy featuring Radiochaser - Run Away With Me

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bazooka Records". Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "Discogs Uppermost Discography". Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  3. ^ "JunoDownload | Bestsellers This Week". Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  4. ^ "Uppermost on MySpace". Retrieved 2 March 2011. 
  5. ^ "Uppermost LessThan3 Interview". Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  6. ^ Street, Kai. "Interview: Uppermost Talks Beginnings, Soundcloud and More". The French Shuffle. Retrieved 25 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Uppermost on Facebook". Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  8. ^ "Uppermost LessThan3 Interview". Retrieved 27 February 2011. 
  9. ^ "Interview de Uppermost dans le studio de Paris Culture Club". Retrieved 15 December 2012.