Meet Young & Sick: Music's #1 Maker of Cover Art Releases His Own Album

"To me, the first record that you ever bring out as an artist should be a statement of some sort."

From top, images courtesy of Biz 3 Publicity; Getty Images.

After designing record sleeves for Robin Thicke and Maroon 5, the Dutch artist known as Young & Sick (real name: Nicholas Van Hofwegen) is set to release his self-titled debut album, a lushly produced gem of R&B. Here, the 26-year-old reveals the inspirations behind his most personal cover yet.

"The art is very simple. It's not like there's a massive message behind it. I'd been doing a lot of conceptual pieces at the time, and I wanted my own album art to be free of those big ideas. I recorded most of my record in Brooklyn. I'd never lived in New York before, so it was very new to me—to be in a dizzy and noisy city. I wanted to put that on the cover. I normally don't pay much attention to the moon, but I'd finish very late at the studio each night, and it was always very bright. The moon was looking at me more than I was looking at it. Red is a violent color, very much in your face. Black, white, and red is like the heaviest combo you can make. To me, the first record that you ever bring out as an artist should be a statement of some sort, whether it's music that's in your face, or art that's in your face, or both. And I think that my record is in the same vein."

The Chart Topping Album Art of Young & Sick

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From top, images courtesy of Biz 3 Publicity; Getty Images.

Clockwise from top left: Foster the People, Supermodel, 2014. Maroon 5, Overexposed, 2012. Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines, 2013

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