(Photo by Gunner Stahl)
(Writing by Ashley Flamenco)
Steve Lacy began rising to stardom after joining hip-hop group The Internet, about three years ago while still in High School. He’s not only made a huge contribution to the band’s sound through his guitar-playing skills and vocals, but he also ended up co-producing their Grammy nominated album, “Ego Death,” without even realizing it. Since then he’s worked with many more high profile artists. Some of his most notable collaborations include: producing the song “PRIDE” for Kendrick Lamar on “DAMN,” being featured on J. Cole’s “4 Your Eyez Only,” singing on tracks like “Only Girl” by Kali Uchis and “911/ Mr. Lonely” by Tyler, The Creator and co-producing a song by Jhene Aiko and Big Sean. He may only be 19 but he’s already accomplished so much in his short career.
His path to making music began after his mother, knowing about Steve’s musical abilities, had him attend a high school that had a really talented Jazz Band. The band was in need of a bass player, so Steve filled that position and ended up growing a love for jazz and a deeper appreciation for music. He also met a musician, through the group, who worked in the same studio as Syd, from The Internet. He would sometimes go work in this studio after school, leading him to meet and build relationships with the group and eventually being invited to join them.
“Steve Lacy’s Demo,” released this year, being his first project as a solo artist, is a 13 minute collection of songs. And guess what? It was all recorded on his Iphone, using Garage Band, showing people that you don’t need fancy expensive equipment to make good music. And I’m sure this has inspired many aspiring musicians.
If you’re wondering how his music sounds, he likes to refer to his style as “plaid,” a genre he came up with himself. He explains, in a video by WIRED, that he came up with this as he was shopping at a thrift store, noticed a plaid shirt, and realized that the shirt kind of looked how his music sounds (if that makes any sense). The multiple colors and patterns in the garment reminded him of his music because of the many different sounds/styles he combines. And although he infuses a variety of these styles such as jazz, soul, indie, hip hop, and R&B, he merges everything in a way that sounds nice.
Steve may not have a large discography, but he’s given us a nice taste of his groovy/ alternative R&B music exciting us for what more’s to come from him in the future.
My favorite songs: