Hot Sugar (musician)

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Hot Sugar
Birth nameNick Koenig
OriginNew York City, New York, United States
GenresElectronic, hip hop, associative music
Occupation(s)Record producer
Years active2008–present
LabelsNinja Tune,[1] Break World Records,[2] Noise Collector[3]
Associated actsAntwon, Big Baby Gandhi, Heems, Kitty, Kool A.D., Lakutis, Weekend Money
Websitehotsugar.bandcamp.com

Nick Koenig,[4] better known by his stage name Hot Sugar, is an American record producer from New York City, New York.[5] He is the owner of the Noise Collector record label.[6] His music has been used in Broad City.[7] He has collaborated with Antwon, Lakutis, Heems, Big Baby Gandhi, and Chippy Nonstop, among others.[8]

Career[edit]

In 2011, Hot Sugar released his debut EP, Muscle Milk.[9] In that year, he produced the Roots' song "Sleep", which was included in their Undun album.[10] In 2012, he released the Moon Money EP,[9] as well as the Midi Murder EP.[11] In 2013, he released the Made Man EP.[12] In that year, he produced Kitty's song "Barbie Jeep."[13] In 2015, his debut studio album, God's Hand, was released on Break World Records.[2] He starred in Adam Bhala Lough's Hot Sugar's Cold World,[14] which received an honorable mention at the 2015 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.[15] In 2017, he released a studio album, The Melody of Dust.[3]

Style and influences[edit]

According to Complex, Hot Sugar's music is called "associative music, where he pulls in a ton of sounds from instruments, found sounds, and non-traditional places to sample them into his own melodies."[16] He has been perfecting the technique since the age of 13.[17] In a 2015 interview with NPR, he described associative music as "try[ing] to capture sounds the same way a photographer would capture an image: If something looks poetic, I'll record it".[18]

In a 2015 interview with Nylon, Hot Sugar stated that Kenneth Anger and John Waters are very important to him.[19] He said: "Their influence on modern culture is incalculable and their work is timelessly innovative."[19]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • God's Hand (2015)
  • The Melody of Dust (2017)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Solid Steel Mix (2012)
  • Seductive Nightmares 1 (2013)
  • Seductive Nightmares 2 (2014)
  • Seductive Nightmares 3 (2016)

EPs[edit]

  • Muscle Milk (2011)
  • Moon Money (2012)
  • Midi Murder (2012)
  • Made Man (2013)

Singles[edit]

  • "Your Nails Look So Pretty" b/w "The Forest Nymph That Lives Behind the School" (2014)

Productions[edit]

  • The Roots - "Sleep" from Undun (2011)
  • Big Baby Gandhi - "Get $$$", "Hi It's Me, Baby", "Been a Villain", and "Lurkin" from No1 2 Look Up 2 (2012)
  • Louis Logic - "Hot Shit" (2012)
  • Kitty - "Ay Shawty 3.0" from D.A.I.S.Y. Rage (2013)
  • Kitty - "Barbie Jeep" (2013)
  • Deniro Farrar - "High Tide" (2013)
  • Weekend Money - "Trapper Keeper" and "Nostrand" from Freddie Merkury (2014)
  • Lakutis - "Body Scream" from Three Seashells (2014)
  • Keel Her - "Whatever (Hot Sugar Remix)" from Keel Her (2014)
  • MS MR - "Bones (Hot Sugar Remix)" from Secondhand ^2: The Remix EP (2014)
  • Lucki Eck$ - "All Senses" (2014)
  • DVS - "You Goddamn Right" from DVTV (2015)
  • Blackbear - "I Hope Your Whole Life Sux" from Cybersex (2017)

Filmography[edit]

Feature films[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Saeed, Abdullah (March 2, 2012). "An Interview With Hot Sugar, Newest Addition To The Ninja Tune Roster". Vice. Archived from the original on December 22, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Levy, Pat (February 27, 2015). "Hot Sugar – God's Hand". Consequence of Sound. Archived from the original on April 29, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Manders, Hayden (March 23, 2017). "Hot Sugar's 'The Melody Of Dust' Is The Future Of Music". Nylon. Archived from the original on April 29, 2017. Retrieved April 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Ayers, Mike (January 22, 2015). "Music on TV: Hot Sugar's 'Broad City' Beats". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on February 14, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Bennett, Kim Taylor (August 21, 2014). "Here's Hot Sugar's Video for "The Forest Nymph That Lives Behind The School"". Vice. Archived from the original on May 3, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  6. ^ Mertens, Max (April 29, 2015). "Hot Docs Review: Hot Sugar's Cold World shows the IRL genius of a bedroom producer". Chart Attack. Archived from the original on May 2, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  7. ^ Paez-Pumar, Luis (February 5, 2015). "Hot Sugar on His New LP, Betrayal, 'Broad City,' and James Van Der Beek". Vice. Archived from the original on May 6, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  8. ^ Nostro, Lauren (October 2, 2013). "Premiere: Hot Sugar "Made Man"". Complex. Archived from the original on October 7, 2013. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  9. ^ a b Ellis, Matthew (June 6, 2012). "Hot Sugar: Prefix Artist To Watch". Prefix. Archived from the original on December 22, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  10. ^ Moore, Jacob (November 23, 2011). "Video: The Roots "Sleep"". Complex. Archived from the original on December 27, 2011. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  11. ^ Soderberg, Brandon (October 26, 2012). "First Spin: Hot Sugar & Haleek Maul's 'I don't wanna b judged'". Spin. Archived from the original on December 23, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  12. ^ Plaugic, Lizzie (October 1, 2013). "Listen: Stream Hot Sugar's New EP, Made Man". CMJ. Archived from the original on April 17, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  13. ^ Hecht, Sasha (June 14, 2013). "Listen to Kitty's New Banger, "Barbie Jeep" (Produced by Hot Sugar)". Vice. Archived from the original on December 23, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  14. ^ Harding, Michael-Oliver (April 27, 2015). "Hot Sugar's Cold World - Adam Bhala Lough". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on May 10, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  15. ^ Vlessing, Etan (May 1, 2015). "Hot Docs: 'The Closer We Get' Earns Top Prize". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on May 2, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  16. ^ Nostro, Lauren (December 10, 2014). "Premiere: Listen to Hot Sugar's "Trauma"". Complex. Archived from the original on April 3, 2015. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  17. ^ Mlynar, Phillip (May 24, 2012). "Q&A: Hot Sugar On Associative Music, Working With The Roots, And Sampling A Rat Who Played Keyboard (1/3)". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on March 1, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2015.
  18. ^ "Hot Sugar Makes Music Out Of Anything And Everything". NPR. October 31, 2015. Archived from the original on December 7, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2015.
  19. ^ a b Barna, Ben (February 23, 2015). "band crush: hot sugar". Nylon. Archived from the original on December 22, 2018. Retrieved December 22, 2018.

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