MUSIC MUSE: LACYCHU
Music is our soul food here at MISSY SKINS and an endless source of inspiration for our collections. We have so much love and admiration for the ladies fearlessly doing their thang in the music world, so we‘ve introduced MUSIC MUSE, where we spotlight babes that are making waves in the music industry and share some of their music with you, with hope to inspire.
Hailing from Jamaica and raised in an artistic family, Lacy is born with groove in her heart. As one of the original members of the SHFT. 1LVSH crew, she’s helped propel SHFT. to tremendous success and has played alongside some of the most respectable acts in music today including Troyboi and Stooki Sound. She also runs her monthly night, Nature Feels, at Arcade. Her sound is a blend of hip hop, dancehall, future house and chill trap. Tune in to her exclusive mix for us below and see how she rocks her Missy look!
1. You were raised in Jamaica – the heartland of reggae and dancehall – how did you end up in Shanghai?
Well, my parents were first brought out here for business opportunities and they coerced me to come out and learn the language! That was back in 2009 and I've been here ever since - Shanghai is my second home so to speak.
2. What was the first album you ever bought?
I believe it was NOW 7, or 9 or maybe 13? I don't remember the exact number but it was one of those NOW! CD packs, haha! I remember getting so hyped in the music store with my mum that day, little 10 or 11-year-old Lacy going crazy.
3. Who were your biggest musical influences growing up?
My family is very artistic/music-oriented, so I grew up listening to a lot of different kinds of music. Those who really stood out to me were the powerful vocalists such as Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, Sade, Jill Scott, Bob Marley… the list could go on and on.
4. What’s one album you’re ashamed of admitting you own?
Haha personally I'm not ashamed - but other people have made fun of me when my various anime OST songs come on randomly. I get weird looks from my friends especially when I am singing it word for word with just as much vigor as the anime itself!
5. If you could be in any musical group for a day, which would it be?
Ohhh, that's a tough one, but I'd have to say Local Natives - to bring in some female vocals/harmonies for a day.
6. Where do you dig for new music these days?
It's a mixture, various channels on YouTube, Netease Music for sure - because they have a specialty filter based on what I like - as well as from family members and the SHFT. team's playlists.
7. Who/what track do you have on repeat 1 right now?
It's not just one track actually, more like a playlist that's on repeat which includes both of the Local Natives albums Hummingbird and Sunlit Youth AND Heart Wants by Magic City Hippies (Thanks Aina!)
8. What’s one album dropping this year that you can’t wait for?
Gorillaz’ Humanz, which should be out April 28th and Major Lazer’s Music Is The Weapon (release date TBD).
9. What’s one Chinese act coming up that you’re excited about?
Also another tough one, but for sure Lil Akin & VISUDY (as separate musicians and for their collaborations). If you haven't heard of them go look up Give U My Tape and Seaside Motel as well as Look At U by VISUDY.
Photography: Kosi Chen
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