Best Friend's Place
About 'Best Friend's Place'
‘Best Friend’s Place’ first appeared in a dream over a year ago. At first it was opaque flashbacks accompanied by an infectious melody and driving bass line, but it quickly evolved into something infinitely more pressing.
Based not only on Lucaa's direct experiences, but also that of thousands of indigenous women, Best Friend's Place is a commentary on the incredibly high rate of abductions of indigenous women on Turtle Island (what is now known as North America), most of which go unsolved, and the importance of community and visibility.
The purpose of this song is not only to shine a light on this epidemic through Lucaa's own perspective, but to also highlight the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) movement which has done so much to bring awareness to those lost but not forgotten.
Originally from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina but currently living between LA, NYC and Richmond, VA; Lucaa (she/they) is the newest brainchild of singer/producer Stepha, who is a 2 spirit Afro-Indigenous artist from A Ni Sa Ho Ni (Cherokee - Blue/Medicine clan) and Arapaho ancestry. Their genre-bending anti-pop brand of music features raw and deceptively deep songwriting that pulls from their experiences as a young model in NYC, and being a queer POC artist.
At a young age, Lucaa remembers listening to their father (who was a backup singer for Rick James, Earth Wind and Fire, and Michael Jackson) and mother (a trained opera singer) singing around the house. They also quickly became fascinated with more off-kilter artists like Yael Naim and Regina Spektor and would teach themself how to sing and play their songs on piano by ear. Now, Lucaa takes a grungier approach to Alt-pop, with influences harnessed from Radiohead, Billie Eilish, Arlo Parks, King Mala, Dua Saleh and Olivia Rodrigo. With organic production led by Stepha’s natural intuition and vocals reminiscent of a lullaby, Lucaa’s brand of raw and emotive pop music is an expression of both their innerworkings and their culture.
Lucaa has always infused fashion and music into their art, and is working to bring indigenous representation to the music industry through their own unique expression and voice. Within the context of music and fashion, they are also shining a light on the two-spirit indigenous experience within the queer community. From their own words:
"I am striving to bring a stronger and louder Native voice and presence to the music industry. And to create an easier path for other diverse, young Indigenous artists within this world." - Stepha (Lucaa)
Lucaa is currently editing their music video for ‘Best Friend’s Place’, and will also be releasing a second single this summer called ‘Pretty Pretty Rampage’. All of which will precede the release of their first single off their debut EP this November (release date TBD).
-We Found New Music Showcase (ft. Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Sigrid, King Mala, etc.)
-Snotty Nose Rez Kids (feature on album)
-What the Sound Festival
-Diop (designer clothing)
-Luelle (designer intimates)
-Cheekbone Beauty (cosmetics)
-EMME (designer clothing)
-Spotify's "Listen Local New York City" Playlist
-Native Max Mag (print + digital)
-Rookie Mag (in affiliation w/ Teen Vogue)
-The Deli Magazine
“[Lucaa] is about to become a household name that you will not soon forget.” -Paste
“Stepha's vocals are deceitfully soulful, brimming with emotion but only ones that appear to have been hardened over time. She carries the tune effortlessly, without affectation, almost like a specter.” -The Deli Magazine
"Showcasing soulful vocals gliding atop eclectic instrumentation, you can feel the magnetic spark of excitement as they finally discover the underlying charm on the city of angels." -Earmilk
"An escape from the haze." -Ladygunn