Producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lophiile made a name for himself with a unique production style that stitched genres together with creative sampling and bass-heavy electronics. After crafting songs for Skrillex, H.E.R., Goldlink and many others, he struck out solo with his jazz-inflected 2019 debut EP To Forgive.
Ty Acord was born in Washington State, growing up in the Tacoma region before leaving for Los Angeles to pursue music production. While actively involved in cultivating his own sound, Acord played keyboards and turntables for post-hardcore metal band Issues, touring with the heavy act in between studio sessions for his much different solo music. First working under the moniker Scout, Acord crafted a style heavy on bass and drawing from elements as far-ranging as hip-hop, old-school funk, and sample-based R&B. He began to gain acclaim as a producer, working with a diverse range of artists such as Goldlink, Skrillex, H.E.R., Ray Blk and many others. During this time he met London musicians Marco Bernardis and Fabienne Holloway. The three like-minded artists formed R&B group Radiant Children, fusing Acord's inventive use of sampling and electronics with a more organic, live instrumentation. In 2016, Acord changed his music moniker to Lophiile in 2016 and switched his style to a slightly more streamlined formula that drew on his far-reaching influences as well as his jazz training earlier in life. Throughout 2017 and 2018 he released a handful of collaborations under the new banner, including "Off Top" with Freddie Gibbs and "Common Sense" with Vic Mensa. 2019 brought the release of To Forgive, Acord's first EP as Lophiile. ~ Fred Thomas