Steve Lacy (musician)

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Steve Lacy
Birth name Steven Thomas Lacy-Moya
Born (1998-05-23) May 23, 1998 (age 20)
Compton, California, U.S.
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Years active 2013–present[1][2]
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Steven Thomas Lacy-Moya (born May 23, 1998), better known as Steve Lacy, is an American guitarist, bassist, singer-songwriter, audio engineer, and record producer. He was born in Compton, California and gained recognition as a member of the Grammy-nominated R&B band, The Internet, in 2015.[5][6] In February 2017, Lacy released his debut project, a song-series[2] titled Steve Lacy's Demo.[7][8]

Early life[edit]

Steve Lacy was born on May 23, 1998, in Compton, California.[6] His mother is African-American and his father was Filipino.[9] He passed away when Steve was only ten.[9] Lacy met former band member of The Internet, Jameel Bruner, while in the jazz band at the high school they both attended.[2][9] Steve got his start by producing beats on his iPhone, making his first songs on the device, using a plug-in piece for his guitar, called an iRig.[10][11][12]

Career[edit]

In 2013, he began producing on what would become The Internet's third studio album, Ego Death.[2] Contributing on the production of 8 tracks, Ego Death was nominated at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Urban Contemporary Album.[5] After it was announced that The Internet members would release solo projects, Steve Lacy appeared on Matt Martians' The Drum Chord Theory and Syd's Fin.[13] He also began producing songs for Twenty88, Denzel Curry, Isaiah Rashad, J. Cole, GoldLink, and Kendrick Lamar, among others. On February 17, 2017, Steve Lacy's Demo was released, with Steve having created most of the song-series on his iPhone, producing the guitar and bass arrangements and singing his vocals right into its built-in microphone.[14][15] He also programmed the drum patterns in Ableton.[16][17] In 2017, he co-wrote and produced Ravyn Lenae's entire EP Crush, which was released in February 2018.[18] After he and his Internet bandmates released solo projects in 2017, they worked on their 2018 follow-up, Hive Mind, released in July of that year.[19][20] Lacy went on to produce for Solange,[21][22] Mac Miller, on his 2018 album, Swimming,[23] and was featured on Dev Hynes' Blood Orange album, Negro Swan.[24][25][26][27]

Artistry[edit]

In an interview with The Fader, Steve Lacy cited Thundercat, Erykah Badu, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Pharrell Williams and The Neptunes as some of his biggest influences, as well as mentioning Prince as his dream collaborator.[5] Makeda Sandford of Saint Heron described his sound as "an electrifying yet smooth... playful depiction of beachy funk, rock 'n roll-sprinkled soul."[28] Jonah Bromwich of Pitchfork said he "sparkles with classic Southern California funk and soul."[29] He has also stated that one of his biggest influences, in regard to production, is Mac Demarco.[30] Lacy has said that he is most comfortable writing about topics regarding love and dating, and describes his musical sound to be like the tartan fabric 'plaid'.[9][31]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays (Song Series)[edit]

Collaboration albums & EPs[edit]

With The Internet

With Ravyn Lenae

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EP 91: Steve Lacy Interview" (audio). Apple Music. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e Bromwich, Jonah. "Steve Lacy: Steve Lacy's Demo Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Some – Single by Steve Lacy on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  4. ^ "C U Girl – Single by Steve Lacy on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  5. ^ a b c Musoni, Malcolm. "Steve Lacy Produced A Grammy Nominated Album, Now He's Ready To Graduate High School". The FADER. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  6. ^ a b Monaé, Ashley. "Meet All Six Members Of The Internet (Video)". Vibe. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  7. ^ Bundy, Will. "Steve Lacy's Solo Debut, Steve Lacy's Demo, Is Here". The FADER. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  8. ^ Price, Joe. "The Internet's Steve Lacy Shares New Song "Dark Red"". Pigeons & Planes. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  9. ^ a b c d Frank, Alex. "Men: Steve Lacy — FANTASTIC MAN". Fantastic Man. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
  10. ^ Sandford, Makeda. "INTERVIEW: STEVE LACY IS THE WUNDERKIND CHALLENGING MUSICAL NORMS". Saint Heron. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  11. ^ Leswing, Kif. "One of Kendrick Lamar's producers makes beats on his iPhone — but he has a problem with the iPhone 7". Business Insider. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  12. ^ Pierce, David. "The Hot New Hip-Hop Producer Who Does Everything on His iPhone". WIRED. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  13. ^ http://pitchfork.com/news/68752-the-internets-syd-and-matt-martians-announce-solo-albums/
  14. ^ "Steve Lacy: Steve Lacy's Demo Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  15. ^ Roberts, Randall. "California Sounds: Chuck Prophet honors Bobby Fuller; Steve Lacy goes "Dark Red"; Ty Segall sings a trippy ballad". LA Times. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  16. ^ Webster, McKenzii. "Steve Lacy's song series 'Steve Lacy's Demo' gives short but sweet vibes". Earmilk. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  17. ^ Williams, Rhiannon. "Musician Steve Lacy releases EP recorded entirely on an iPhone". iNews. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  18. ^ Rindner, Grant. "Ravyn Lenae's Steve Lacy-Produced EP 'Crush' Is Here". Pigeons and Planes.
  19. ^ Daramola, Israel (May 30, 2018). "The Internet Detail New Album Hive Mind, Release "Come Over"". Spin. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  20. ^ Kaye, Ben (May 31, 2018). "The Internet announce new album, Hive Mind, share "Come Over": Stream". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
  21. ^ St. Félix, Doreen. "Solange on New Music & Why She's 'Not Interested In Entertainment at This Moment'". Billboard. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  22. ^ Douze, Khalila. "Steve Lacy's Yellow Brick Road | SSENSE". SSENSE.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  23. ^ "Mac Miller – Swimming Album Credits and Stream". iStandard Producers. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  24. ^ "Blood Orange on Instagram: "Negro Swan Tracklist. August 24th."". 2018-08-11. Archived from the original on 2018-08-11.
  25. ^ "Pigeons and Planes on Twitter: "The new Blood Orange album will feature ASAP Rocky, Steve Lacy, Puff Daddy, and more 👀". Twitter. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  26. ^ "Puff Daddy, A$AP Rocky and more feature on Blood Orange's new album". Dazed. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  27. ^ Torres, Eric. "Blood Orange's Dev Hynes Breaks Down Every Song on His New Album, Negro Swan | Pitchfork". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  28. ^ Sandford, Makeda. "INTERVIEW: STEVE LACY IS THE WUNDERKIND CHALLENGING MUSICAL NORMS". Saint Heron. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  29. ^ Bromwich, Jonah. "Steve Lacy: Steve Lacy's Demo Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  30. ^ "The Internet: Favorite Producers of All Time [S2 Ep. 4] - Beats1 (Apple Music)". YouTube. Retrieved 11 August 2018.
  31. ^ Dwyer, Vincent. "There's a reason everybody loves Steve Lacy - Acclaim Magazine". Acclaim. Retrieved 26 August 2018.

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