What Does Lofi Mean and Why You Should Start Listening to Lofi-Music?

Listening to lofi hip hop gives me a powerful boost of creativity.

Xin Xin
Xin Xin
Apr 20 · 4 min read
Man playing a violin in the streets. (Lofi-Music?)
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As a writer, I need to be in tune with my muse. There are days when it is easy to commune with my writing muse, and there are days when fear sets in and my muse is missing. I found a way to bring her back, and that is by listening to lofi music.

My Lofi playlist on Spotify — Easy Listening

What is Lofi?

Lofi music is a type of lo-fi music (also known as “quiet storm” or “lounge” music) that has become popular in the 90s.

Its name is a portmanteau of the terms “low” and “fi,” referring to its compressed production.

Throughout the years, the style of music developed into a distinct subgenre, with distinctive aesthetic and trivial characteristics shared by a large number of subgenres.

As a result, specific subgenres are often confused with each other, resulting in obvious fandoms, such as “pop-rock” and “indie-pop.”

But to explain what low-fi music is, let’s use internet descriptions to describe the music, what defines it, and its role in music history.

It is synthesized and utilized in postpunk, progressive rock, noise rock, and garage rock, among other styles.

However, lo-fi recordings usually used samples of live instruments and are often self-produced. It has more of a lo-fi ambiance than the muffled and generally low-quality sound familiar in some mainstream music.

One can say lofi music is DIY music, but its history is rich, and you will be surprised by the musicians who have influenced the lofi genre.

Many use the lo-fi recording technique, combining compressed vocals, electric guitars, and vocal effects with minimal music. Often considered experimental, some who make lofi music obtained their samples from 240-bpm nightclubs, nightclubs, and sound recording studios.

Mixing them into their own tapes, shared with fellow lofi listeners/collectors and enthusiasts worldwide.

How is lofi becoming popular?

Lofi hip hop is a subgenre of hip hop music distinguished for its low fidelity sound, lo-fi beats and samples, and lack of complex models or layered production.

Lofi hip hop is often associated with cloud rap, a lo-fi subgenre associated with space rap. The word ‘lofi’ is short for ‘low fidelity.’

Many experts have connected this style of beat production to the sounds of Southern rap.

Because the beat is produced at a low sampling rate, it is not very detailed and is not conceptually advanced.

The beat reproduces a popular sound similar to the sound of UK funky, sending samples from together, using complicated beats and syncopation in beat patterns and scratching.

This production method did not lend itself to complex sampling techniques that were used all across House music.

Unlike those who made use of the drum samples available on the internet, low-fidelity producers generally used body samples to create beats instead of a drum loop of the entire sample itself.

Body samples have multiple advantages compared to making the drum loop.

Why are some people drawn to the genre, and how can others begin to listen to it?

There are a lot of different reasons why people are drawn to the genre. For a lot of people, they’re looking for a soundtrack to their lives. They’re looking for music that reflects how they feel, how they’re living, and what they’re going through.

The relationship between music and empathy.

Why are we drawn to music that focuses on people’s struggles? Why do we want to feel something, be touched, or hear a story? We can better understand music through the lens of empathy.

An ability to “see” and “feel” things is a core skill required to being a good listener and a great artist. Many believe that creativity and transcendent art comes from deeply felt emotions.

Final words

As I welcome my writing muse each day, in my post-millennial world, my popular music genre of choice these days is lofi.

It keeps me calm as I and my muse weave words together and tells a story.


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Xin Xin

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Xin Xin

I am my Mom’s true copy. I write fast, I write well.


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I am my Mom’s true copy. I write fast, I write well.


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