Young & Sick

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Young & Sick
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Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres R&B
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels Harvest Records / Capitol Records
Associated acts Foster The People, Chance The Rapper
Website youngandsick.com

Young & Sick is a Los Angeles based music and art project.[1][2][3][4][5] The project is the brainchild of Dutch artist Nick van Hofwegen, described as a "double threat" in art and music by the Wall Street Journal, who is responsible for the project's musical composition, production, and performance, as well as all artwork.[1] Young & Sick is currently signed to Harvest Records and has created artwork for a variety of well known entertainers including Foster the People, The Velvet Teen, Maroon 5, Robin Thicke, Mikky Ekko, T. Mills, Andy Dick, Jerry Stiller, and others.[1][6][7] In 2014, Zane Lowe and BBC Radio 1 called Young & Sick the "Next Hype" and the project was named Stereogum's "Band to Watch."[8][9]

In April 2014, Young & Sick released his first self-titled album. The record was first available as a vinyl LP with 50 unique original pieces of art from Van Hofwegen, inserted into records at random.[1]

Artwork[edit]

In 2011, Young & Sick designed the album cover for Foster the People’s album Torches.[4][10] The artwork was later expanded and used extensively as a backdrop in live shows, on merchandise, and on the band’s website.[10]

More recently, in 2012, Young & Sick drew the album cover for Maroon 5’s album Overexposed.[4][11] Jimmy Fallon "loved" the artwork, even creating an improv song about the art entitled "kill the boogers" with Adam Levine after learning that the drawing first featured mucus coming from the nose.[12]

Young & Sick's artwork done for Maroon 5 was featured by Apple Inc. during the September 2012 launch of the iPhone 5.[4]

American singer-songwriter Mikky Ekko and rapper T. Mills also feature artwork completed by Young & Sick.[13][7]

In 2013, Young & Sick designed the branding and artwork for the New Orleans based music and art festival BUKU.[14]

Young & Sick was also retained by recording artist Robin Thicke to design the cover of Thicke's 2013 album Blurred Lines.[7] The album was the 4th consecutive album designed by Young & Sick to reach #1 on the Billboard Charts.[7]

In October 2013, Katz's Deli featured Young & Sick's artwork in the grand opening of their new art space, "The Space."[15] Young & Sick's piece was purchased by actor and comedian Jerry Stiller, father of Ben Stiller.[6]

In coordination with the release of Foster the People's 2014 album Supermodel, Young & Sick was commissioned to design a mural to be painted on the side of a building in downtown LA spanning 148 ft X 126 ft.[16] The mural was the largest mural constructed on the West Coast of the United States.[17] A time lapse of the mural's creation was used as the lead music video for the band's first single off Supermodel, "Coming of Age".[16]

Fashion[edit]

In late 2012, Young & Sick’s first fashion designs were featured by Urban Outfitters.[18][2]

In February 2013, Young & Sick was commissioned by fashion retailer Rag & Bone to paint a mural on their store in SoHo, New York City.[2]

Music[edit]

Young & Sick self-released the first single "House of Spirits" in October 2012.[5][19][20]

In November 2012, a collaboration between Young & Sick and Irish electronic artist MMOTHS was featured in The Fader in their exclusive mixes.[21]

In March of 2013 Young & Sick turned down six-figure recording contracts from major music labels to release their second single "Continuum" via Tor "The Underweb".[3] The song and method of release was featured by outlets such as Forbes, Business Insider, and Pitchfork.[3][22][23]

The project has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Vice Magazine, The Fader, Amoeba Music, Blare Magazine and others.[5][24][25][26][27]

In late 2013, Young & Sick signed with Harvest Records (Capitol Records).[28][citation needed]

Songwriting[edit]

In 2014, van Hofwegen co-wrote the song "Caught In The Middle" for Charli XCX's album "Sucker" along side Benny Blanco.[29]

Festivals[edit]

In early 2014, it was announced Young & Sick would perform at the 2014 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.[30] He later performed at festivals including ACL Music Festival in Austin, Texas and Corona Capital Festival in Mexico City, Mexico.

SXSW[edit]

In March of 2014, Young & Sick did a series of showcases at Austin's South by Southwest including a show exclusively for dogs at the Austin Pets Alive! shelter with Ryan Hemsworth and Mahaut Mondino.[31]

Young & Sick also showcased at other well-known events during SXSW including Fader Fort, HypeHotel, Another Planet, Noise Pop, and opened for Foster the People at the main outdoor stage for SXSW at Butler Park.[26][32][33]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d JURGENSEN, JOHN. "The Dual Career of Young & Sick". The Wall Street Journal. 
  2. ^ a b c Marshall, Joanna (February 26, 2013). "Young & Sick Does Rag & Bone". New York Times. 
  3. ^ a b c Thier, David (March 13, 2013). "Why This Artist Turned Down Six-Figure Recording Deals To Release A Song In The Darkest Part Of The Internet". Forbes. 
  4. ^ a b c d Denimu (September 19, 2012). "New illustrations by Young and Sick". Lost at E Minor. 
  5. ^ a b c Sargent, Jordan (October 4, 2012). "Young & Sick: "House of Spirits"". Pitchfork. 
  6. ^ a b Jacob, Sarah. "The Katz’s Pop-Up Got Its First Celebrity Patron". Bedford and Bowery. 
  7. ^ a b c d "YOUNG & SICK DESIGN ALBUM ART FOR FOUR BILLBOARD NUMBER ONE RECORDS". Lost at E Minor. 
  8. ^ "Katy B In The #R1FanClub". BBC. 
  9. ^ DeVille, Chris. "Band To Watch: Young & Sick". Stereogum. 
  10. ^ a b Smith, Cameron. "Autoheart Exclusive Interview". Female First. 
  11. ^ "Young + Sick House of Spirits". The New Black. August 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ Fallon, Jimmy (June 28, 2012). "Adam Levine, Part 1". LateNight with Jimmy Fallon. 
  13. ^ "See (Work)". Young & Sick. 
  14. ^ Shapiro, Benjamin. "TRINIDAD JAME$, JAPANDROIDS, ACTION BRONSON, FLYING LOTUS AND PUBLIC ENEMY ADDED TO NEW ORLEANS' BUKU MUSIC AND ART PROJECT, NOISEY TEAMS UP FOR COVERAGE". Noisey (Vice). 
  15. ^ "Katz's Deli Is Hosting A Mouth Watering Art Show". Complex. 
  16. ^ a b EDWARDS, GAVIN. "Foster the People Unveil 'Supermodel' Mural in Los Angeles". Rolling Stone. 
  17. ^ "TIMELAPSE OF YOUNG AND SICK’S CREATING THE BIGGEST MURAL ON THE WEST COAST". Lost at E Minor. 
  18. ^ "Young and Sick". Urban Outfitters. 
  19. ^ Murphy, Sam (October 23, 2012). "Song of the Day: Young & Sick- House of Spirits". I Speak of Music. 
  20. ^ "Young & Sick - ‘House of Spirits’". Bitzl R. 
  21. ^ Cooper, Duncan (November 13, 2012). "Stream: Mmoths f. Young & Sick, "For Her"". The Fader. 
  22. ^ Love, Dylan (March 6, 2013). "There's A Secret Internet For Drug Dealers, Assassins, And Pedophiles". Business Insider. 
  23. ^ Pagnani, Renato. "Young & Sick "Continuum"". Pitchfork. 
  24. ^ Fuertes-Knight, Jo. "YOUNG & SICK: "HOUSE OF SPIRITS"". Vice. 
  25. ^ Gil, Billy (October 4, 2012). "Weekly Roundup: MellowHype, Trash Talk, Young & Sick, Devon Williams, King Tuff, Inc.". Amoeba Music. 
  26. ^ a b "Mmoths – "For Her" (Ft. Young & Sick)". Blare Magazine. November 13, 2012. 
  27. ^ "'For Her (feat. Young & Sick)' by Mmoths - Free MP3". Rolling Stone. 
  28. ^ "Harvest Records". 
  29. ^ "Charli XCX Sucker | London Queen (Official Lyric Video Premiere)". 
  30. ^ "Coachella 2014 Lineup Announced: OutKast, Muse & Arcade Fire Headlining". Huffington Post. 
  31. ^ Schwartzberg, Lauren. "Here are All of the Feelings I Felt at SXSW". VICE. 
  32. ^ "Video: Young & Sick, “Glass” (Live at The FADER FORT Presented by Converse)". The Fader. 
  33. ^ HOFFBERGER, CHASE. "SXSW Free Butler Park Concert Series". Austin Chronicle. 

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