Hot Sugar: The Art Of Sampling Life And Animating The World

26 January 2015
Myriah Turner

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.


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.

Myriah Turner

Myriah Turner

Toronto / Amsterdam
Myriah Turner likes her words shaken not stirred. A Canadian with a powerful pen, she is known for her poetic stylings on discoFlesh, her dreamy voice over and her constant contributions to the electronic dance music scene. Having a strong connection with Amsterdam, Myriah Turner is currently based in Toronto, with an endless supply of pens and paper.