Steve Lacy (guitarist)

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Steve Lacy
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Lacy in 2019
Background information
Birth nameSteve Thomas Lacy-Moya
Born (1998-05-23) May 23, 1998 (age 21)
Compton, California, U.S.
  • Musician
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • Guitar
  • bass guitar
  • iphone
  • keyboards
  • drums
  • vocals
Years active2013–present [1] [2]
Associated acts

Steve Thomas Lacy-Moya (born May 23, 1998), better known as Steve Lacy, is an American musician, singer, songwriter, 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 2017, Lacy released his debut EP, a song-series, [2] titled Steve Lacy's Demo . His debut album, Apollo XXI , was released in May 2019. [7] [8] [9]


Early life

Steve Lacy was born on May 23, 1998, in Compton, California. [6] His mother, Valerie, is African-American and his father was Filipino. [10] Steve did not really know him and said that he only came around for special occasions, such as birthdays; he died when Steve was ten years old. [10] [11] [12] Steve attended private school for most of his childhood and has said that he grew up sheltered, a result of his mother wanting to shield him and his sisters from the environment at the time in Compton. [12]


Steve first gained an interest in the guitar at age seven through the video game Guitar Hero, but soon wanted to learn how to play on an actual guitar. [12] He met former band member of The Internet, Jameel Bruner, while in the jazz band at the high school they both attended. [2] [10] Steve got his start producing by making beats on his iPhone, creating his first songs on the device, using a plug-in piece for his guitar, called an iRig. [13] [14] [15]

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]

Steve appeared on Matt Martians' The Drum Chord Theory and Syd's Fin after it was announced that The Internet members would release solo projects. [16] He also began producing songs for Twenty88, Denzel Curry, Isaiah Rashad, J. Cole, GoldLink, Kendrick Lamar, producing the song "Pride" on Kendrick's Grammy Award-winning album Damn , [17] and gaining two features on the 2019 Vampire Weekend album Father of the Bride. [5] [18] [19] 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. [20] [21] He also programmed the drum patterns in Ableton. [22] [23]

In 2017, he co-wrote and produced Ravyn Lenae's entire EP Crush , which was released in February 2018. [24] 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. [25] [26] Lacy went on to produce for Solange, [27] [28] Kali Uchis, on her debut album, Isolation , [29] [30] [31] [32] Mac Miller, on his 2018 album, Swimming , [33] and was featured on Dev Hynes' Blood Orange album, Negro Swan . [34] [35] [36] [37]

Lacy revealed in 2018 that he produced for fellow Compton native, rapper YG, and that he was now using devices, other than his phone, to produce music. [11] In March 2019, Lacy was credited for producing on two tracks off of Solange's When I Get Home album. [38] [39] [40] He was also featured on the song and video for Vampire Weekend's "Sunflower" that same month. [41] In April, Steve released the debut single, "N Side", off of his debut album, Apollo XXI . [42] [43] [44] He announced the release date of Apollo XXI to be on May 24, 2019. [12] [45] [46] In the week of his album debut, he released two more singles, "Playground" and "Hate CD". [47] [48] [49] The album would later be nominated for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, Lacy's first Grammy nomination as a solo artist. [50]


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." [13] Jonah Bromwich of Pitchfork said he "sparkles with classic Southern California funk and soul." [51] He has also stated that one of his biggest influences, in regard to production, is Mac Demarco. [52] 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'. [10] [53]

Personal life

Steve identifies as bisexual, stating that although he was always attracted to women, he repressed his attraction to men, feeling that he was committing sin as a Christian. [10] After a male friend came on to/flirted with him on New Years 2017, he finally decided to embrace his bisexuality and is currently exploring his same-sex attraction. [10]



Extended plays (Song Series)

With The Internet

Collaboration albums and EPs

With Ravyn Lenae

With Blood Orange

With Vampire Weekend

Awards and Nominations

Grammy Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2018 Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. Best Rap Album (as Producer and Songwriter) [54] [55] [56] Won
2020 Apollo XXI Best Urban Contemporary Album [50] Nominated

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