NFT PIONEER, RAISED $250K IN PANDEMIC RELIEF FOR NATIONAL INDEPENDENT VENUE ASSOCIATION (NIVA) +
SET TO LAUNCH NFT FANCLUB FALL 2021
Today, Dutch musician and visual artist known as Young & Sickhas released new single “CICADAS.” The track is available everywhere now here.
Blending orchestral instrumentation with Young & Sick’s soaring vocal and inventive production, “CICADAS” is the latest taste of the forthcoming new album from Young & Sick titled BROTHER, set for a September 24 release via B3SCI Records.
On the track, Young & Sick notes, “Julio Cortázar once wrote about ‘nostalgia for the kingdom.’ You know the feeling; that full-body yearn for something never known, that deep-set desire to return to a place never inhabited, never been, never left. That’s what we’re dealing with here. Nostalgia for the Kingdom.”
The new album will be available on limited edition translucent orange vinyl. Pre-order a copy now here.
New single “CICADAS” follows previous track “ANGELS,” a lush, mid-tempo burner that features Montreal’s MUNYA, which Fizzy Magazine noted “paves the way for what could be an incredible album.” Listen to “ANGELS” everywhere now here.
Young & Sick wrote and recorded the album in a cabin in Vermont with his bandmate and longtime music director, Luke Woods, whose near-death touring accident inspired “ANGELS” and threads a subtle poignancy through the collection of songs that is BROTHER.
Over the past year, Young & Sick has established himself a pioneer in the audio/visual NFT space, legitimizing its burgeoning potential for visual artists and creators at-large. Notably, one week Young & Sick had the highest audio/visual resale NFT with his piece ‘In Doge We Trust.’
This spring, Young & Sick partnered with Goldflyer, a fundraising initiative spearheaded by Neon Gold Records, Venue Group and All Things Go, for an NFT fundraising campaign to benefit the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA). The effort raised $250K for struggling independent venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic. See coverage of the campaign by Variety.
The NIVA fundraiser featured NFT artwork designed by Young & Sick, with winning bids by artists including Shawn Mendes (Troubadour), Tove Lo (First Avenue), Dillon Francis (Neumos), Pabllo Vittar (9:30 Club) and Tycho (The Independent), all to give back to their favorite independent venues.
Young & Sick will do an NFT drop with Nifty Gateway featuring custom creative assets for the forthcoming BROTHER LP. He will also introduce his first NFT fanclub this fall; holders will receive exclusive access to merch, shows, and other member-only perks. Young & Sick is set to show at NFT.NYC this November and he is also getting into metaverse gaming with plans to build in Sandbox.
About Young & Sick
Real name Nick van Hofwegen, Young & Sick is a Dutch multi-threat artist who hopes to make you dance a lot and cry a little as he croons to your soul.
Born in southern Holland, Nick attempted the traditional route of art through design school. He quickly dropped out due to its cookie-cutter leanings and soon after, by a crux of fate, comedian Andy Dick came across a piece of his art. Nick’s friend Mark Foster had introduced them about a week prior. Suddenly, Nick had his first client. Shortly after, Mark’s own band—a then little-known outfit by the name of Foster the People—asked Nick to do the artwork for their debut album Torches in 2011.
A prolific visual artist, Young & Sick has made original artwork for partners like Bonnaroo Festival, President Obama & the White House Creative Alliance, Foster The People, Burton, The FADER, Rag & Bone, Mikky Ekko, T. Mills, Skrillex, MeUndies, Pringles, Fergie, and many more.
Young & SIck released his last EP project, Size of Relief, in 2018 viaNeon Gold Records / B3SCI Records. Since his 2014 self-titled debut album, Young & Sick has played live alongside artists like Chance The Rapper and The Knocks, was featured in an Apple Watch ad here, and has played festivals including Coachella, Austin City Limits, and SXSW.