American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, Steve Thomas Lacy-Moya is going very fast.
He was still in high school when he joined the Internet, an R&B project led by Syd tha Kyd, a former engineer for Odd Future, and Matt Martians, a member of the psych-funk group the Jet Age of Tomorrow.
Lacy’s playing gave the band a stronger low end, and the experience gave him the confidence to add more to the iPhone music he had learned to make.
The promise of “Curse,” the beautiful jazzy closer from Ego Death, the acclaimed Internet album Lacy debuted on in 2015, and of tantalizing tracks like the ominous “Dark Red” (from the 2017 EP Steve Lacy’s Demo), came true in his 2019 solo debut, Apollo XXI, which was well-done but kept to itself.
In “Like Me,” a nine-minute psychedelic bedroom symphony, Lacy talks about feeling stifled by heteronormative mores and a culture of conformity. Apollo’s “4ever” outro is scary enough to work as an interlude in Solange’s “When I Get Home” album.
So where do you go when your early work is good enough to get you shows with your favorite musicians?
Steve Lacy was born in Compton, California, and gained recognition as the guitarist of the R&B group The Internet in 2015. In 2017, Lacy released his debut EP, a song-series, titled Steve Lacy’s Demo.