Like the great Dutch masters portraying everyday still life, this contemporary NYC artist Hot Sugar derives his inspiration from the simplest of actions — the sound of a pickle jar opening is really what gets Nick Koenig going.
WHO: Nick Koenig, you know, Hot Sugar!
SOUNDS LIKE: Life. The motion of living if you listen closely to your day.
CONCEPT: Hot Sugar utelizes every day sounds as instruments. For example; the human heart beat, traffic, the drooling dog — all recorded and manipulated to unique sounds and translated into a melodic piece of entertainment. The result becomes an auditory game of the childhood game, I Spy. Check this video documenting the beat composing process.
FUN FACTS: Grammy-nominated music producer with little physical resemblance but no family ties to NY's Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend.
STAR SIGN: Libra
RECENT: His latest video for the track "Not Afraid to Die" is an acidic depiction of a child's perspective of the outside world from the only window he's got, the Internet. Boredom and isolation — the light of the desktop monitor has replaced the sun. The video looks like an amateur 3-D animation — a way to approach this heavy concept in a childish manner.