Fans were baffled after clips of American singer Steve Lacy’s odd behavior on tour made rounds on social media.
Many musicians attribute their success to their fans. Thus, they do the most they can to be on their good side.
Yet, Lacy has the tendency to snap and reprimand his audience. He has gone as far as to smash a fan’s camera on stage at his New Orleans show last October 24.
Hence, this begs the question, does he still enjoy performing in front of these crowds? Or has he already grown to hate his newfound fame?
Steve Lacy has been here for a while already
Although, Steve Lacy is hardly a newbie.
He gained recognition as the guitarist of the alternative R&B band the Internet. They have released several albums, even earning a Grammy nomination for the Best Urban Contemporary Album in 2015.
On the other hand, his solo career began in 2017 when he released his self-produced debut EP, Steve Lacy’s Demo.
His talent in songwriting and production has led him to work with notable artists such as Frank Ocean, Tyler, the Creator, Solange Knowles, Chloe x Halle, and Kendrick Lamar.
Four months after the release of his single, Bad Habit, Steve Lacy was thrust into the mainstream.
Bad Habit spent several weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 and is the soundtrack to almost half a million TikToks. Following the success of this song, Steve Lacy sold out multiple shows across the United States.
However, the problem is that his audience only seems to know the viral hook for Bad Habit, leading to pretty short sing-a-longs.
His fans have also been shown to interrupt his sets and throw stuff on the stage.
Understandably, Steve Lacy has had it. The singer-songwriter told off a fan and has even walked out off stage after an awkward performance.
Was Steve Lacy justified in his actions? Sure. He has the right to get upset. However, he definitely could have handled some situations better.
In a now deleted Instagram post, Lacy reminds his fans to come to his shows with respect for themselves and others.
He wrote: “My shows been fun as hell! shoutout to the people not throwing disposable cameras at me and just coming to catch a vibe and connect. I had a really good time in NOLA last night. I hate that the beauty of the connection I have with so many people in the crowd gets lost when something negative happens.’
He continued: “I don’t believe I owe anyone an apology- maybe I could’ve reacted better? sure. always. I’m a student of life. but I’m a real person with real feelings and real reactions. I’m not a product or a robot.”
After all, you paid hundreds of dollars to see an artist perform, so why interrupt them? And at least try to learn other songs on the setlist.
If you’re going to be a menace, stay at home and just stream the song for god’s sake.
Steve Lacy has a lot of other great songs in his album, Gemini Rights, apart from Bad Habit.
Recently, he was nominated in multiple categories: Record of the Year Song of the Year, Best Pop Solo Performance, Best Progressive R&B Album in the 65th GRAMMYs.
It’s exciting to see artists get recognition. But more importantly, they deserve to be treated like humans with feelings than mere content machines.
The incidents at Steve Lacy’s shows remind us to enjoy the music and the moment. And of course, to be mindful of our actions and boundaries the next time we see our favorite artists live.