The Loop: Lo Phi
Beat music is a form that has grown out of various strains of electronic music, right in our backyard. Several local collectives are going strong with monthly live showcases and online compilations, and Texas Music Matters wants to shine a light on the scene. Each week, we’ll highlight a different artist and their music, and we’ll let them tell their own stories in order to put beat music into a Texas perspective—we’re calling it The Loop.
Even though Justin Ford now calls Austin home, his Gulf Coast past often seeps into his music. Ford grew up in Seabrook, Texas before moving inland and taking up the name Lo Phi. He’s a frequent participant in Exploded Drawing’s high-energy live events, but Lo Phi’s recordings are often as dreamy and languid as a night spent on the beach. On this edition of The Loop, Ford talks about his moniker, losing himself in live performances, and overcoming the perception that electronic artists just push buttons.