When LCY sits down to make music, they usually visualise an entire universe in their head before booting up their laptop. “I like to write and draw storylines to help contextualise things,” they explain, huddled in front of a radiator in their London home, as a fluffy black cat jumps up behind them.
This kind of thinking formed the basis for /Y\, LCY’s new project, which is released via their own SZNS7N label. LCY imagines /Y\ in two parts. The first half of the six-track EP replicates the feeling of being wrapped in cotton wool – like the lead single, Cherubim, which features delicate breaks and soft vocal harmonies against a celestial beat. The final three songs are equally as textured but with an abrasive, bass-heavy twist, illustrating the contrast between “binary and non-binary, and how they’re interchangeable,” as LCY puts it.
“I wanted the first part to be simplified, because it’s about safety – almost feeling captured inside of a box, but feeling a kind of safety in that. I wanted /Y\ to be a bit more conformist in its approach.”
Before going solo, LCY had carved out a reputation as the most mysterious member of club music crew 6 Figure Gang, alongside fellow DJs Sherelle, Jossy Mitsu, Yazzus, Dobby and Fauzia. Since 6FG officially disbanded last January, LCY has sharpened their futuristic sound, bagged a BBC Radio 1 Residency and kept a busy touring schedule of credible clubnights and leftfeild electronic music festivals.
Mind you, this is a career path LCY has been pursuing since they were just 13-years-old, avidly collecting copies of Mixmag. “And I come from a super musical family,” they say. “I also went to church and there was loads of music there, plus the internet, you know? My brother was a big rock fan and I was always trying to impress him, which never worked. I wanted to be a Megamind of music.”
Now, with /Y\, LCY is eager to let listeners engage with the music in their own way. “Some people like to delve deeper into music, others like to just take it as it is. I wanted something that people could do both with,” they continue. “I don’t want to overcomplicate the explanation so people can take their own meaning from it, which is the most important thing.”
10% Where were you born, where were you raised and where are you now based?
I was born and raised in Bristol, and I’ve now been based in London for about five or six years. I miss Bristol, though! I always want to move back there, but something keeps me here.
20% What kind of emotions and experiences influence your work?
I had a previous alias which I used to do more happy, joyous, bubbly music. Then I have the opposite side of me that’s aggressive and drum-heavy. It’s hard to find a balance sometimes.
30% If you’re cooking to impress someone, what would you make?
Tuna steak. I feel like that’s impressive and easy to cook. Maybe with fried chicory. I’m very specific about food – I tend to just eat tuna mayo! I have weird food fixations. Fancy food doesn’t come naturally to me, but I’m learning.
40% Tuna steak is pretty fancy.
It’s basically the same as tuna mayo, right?
50% What’s a piece of advice that changed your life?
Not to take anyone’s advice. People will give you so many opinions on what you should and shouldn’t do. I think everyone’s journey is different. Even when I give advice to people, I always tell them to take it with a pinch of salt. Your instinct is the most important thing.
60% You rule the world for a day. What’s going down?
I’d abolish all the horrible things. I’d make sure everyone was fed and get rid of the Tories for good. I’m on a socialism tip.
70% What’s a bad habit you wish you could kick?
Probably my food fixations. I don’t mind them, but they’re embarrassing. I’d quit vaping as well.
80% Would you smoke a tuna mayo-flavoured vape?
Oh my God, no! I can’t have this in my repertoire. I might try it, but I’m a sweet tooth person. Maybe sweetcorn?
90% How did you celebrate your last birthday?
I went to the seaside with a friend and I journaled, made sure I was reflective and thankful. I have a bad rap with birthdays. It’s usually a really cursed day for me, so I bubble wrapped myself this year.
100% If you could go back and watch an iconic music act perform, who would it be and why?
I’d love to have seen Kemistry and Storm perform together. On a pop level, I was also a huge Amy Winehouse fan growing up. She’s a babe.