Her family once intended to spend a year sailing but a typhoon struck and the family had to abandon ship in the Philippines.
In her teens, Hartley later moved with her mother to Fort Lauderdale and Miami, but at age 15 relocated to Paris with her father, after getting in quite a bit of trouble in the States.
Last week, you probably saw that Drowned In Sound review of Uffie's Sex Dreams and Denim Jeans (or is it Sex, Dreams and Denim Jeans?
The following year her first single, Pop the Glock/Ready to Uff, was given a limited-edition release by the Arcade Mode label before one of France's most prominent dance labels, Ed Banger, distributed it more widely.
The A-side was produced by Feadz, while the B-side was produced by Mr.
Oizo, on whose "Half an Edit" Uffie appeared later that year.
Hot Chick/In Charge leaked to blogs before its official 2006 release, building the buzz around her music and image.