Nick van Hofwegen is Young & Sick. Adjectives aside, Young and Sick combines music and art into a one-man collective, if such a thing exists.

Today, the Dutch-born, LA-based artist debuts a fresh musical chapter, sowing his recent travels through the American South with his European roots. The result is “Ojai,” a track invoking something like Warren Zevon meets Air while hitting on Cat Stevens at a dive bar. Premiering today with Stereogum, you can listen to the track now here and peep a flip book visual here.

The song itself was written in the small town of Ojai, California, about 1.5hrs outside of LA. Citing the process, Nick notes, “I was staying at a hotel there called The Rancho. I just had a few drinks and I was in the sun, and I just let a very apparent feeling hit myself, hit me. I got to make a song about taking too much on your plate and how that affects you and how you can have, like, a micro-meltdown because you’ve put too much on yourself.”

“Ojai” is the first song from a forthcoming 7″ release, which will be pressed on limited edition vinyl, released via B3SCI Records. Pre-order now here. Two additional tracks will see a release, forming a digital EP bundle.

Born in southern Holland, Nick attempted the traditional route of art through design school. Its cookie-cutter leanings led him to drop out in his first year and, at 20, he quit his 9-5 at a car parts factory in rural Holland and moved to London where, by a crux of fate, comedian Andy Dick came across a piece of his art. Nick’s friend Mark 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.

To celebrate the release of “Ojai” and the forthcoming 7″, Nick has also debuted a design partnership with footwear company Bucketfeet featuring three original designs aptly named after tracks on the upcoming release – check out the collaboration here. The partnership is a natural progression from past fashion collaborations with brands such as MeUndies and Rag & Bone.

Nick is also a proud member of the The Creative Alliance, a group of the top American ad agencies, creatives, and storytellers collaborating together to brand for social good. Obama even invited him to the White House for South by South Lawn.

The mind of Y&S operates much like a fine restaurant; all art comes from scratch and is made in-house, a skilled chef responsible for every ingredient from composition, performance, production and design. He hopes you came hungry.


“Ojai” (SoundCloud) + Flip Book Video


“Ojai” / “The Road” (limited edition 7″ vinyl pre-order) [B3SCI]

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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