While most eleventh graders were spending their time with friends, studying for exams, or painstakingly deciding their next step after high school, U-ZET poured hours into crafting house music on his laptop. Hailing from the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, U-ZET began publishing his tracks in mid-2014, primarily through South African-based music-sharing platform KasiMP3. Though he was raised on primarily gospel music, he grew an affinity for electronic music after his brother introduced him to both local and international stars such as Deep Xcape and Black Coffee.
After discovering he could make his own tracks using a barebones laptop armed with FL Studio, U-ZET recruited two friends from school to form United Sounds. Specializing in deep house, tribal and gqom -- an aggressive, chant-based variation of house music originating in the city of Durban, South Africa – the trio released over two dozen loose songs, including a gqom edit of “B*tch Don't Kill My Vibe,” that gave U-ZET an ample platform to release his own solo works in rapid-fire succession.
The hustle didn't go unnoticed; London-based electronic label SHANGAANBANG recently featured the relentless gqom song “Abaphansi” as part of their inaugural TOWNSHIPTECH series, alongside compatriots DJ Mtu and the Cruel Boyz.
Most recently, U-ZET collaborated with schoolmate Rhythm-C for the Music Book EP, six tracks of bright samples, mellow synths and his trademark crisp percussion, which premiered through Electric Llama. He plans to release his forthcoming EP, “I AM” later this summer. While producing remains a passion, he's not quite sure where he's headed. Over Facebook Chat, he revealed “I want to be a software developer,” but “still carry on producing on the side, God willingly.”