To follow Young & Sick is to be invested in more than just a musician. The Holland-born and LA-based artist, né Nick van Hofwegen, is a songwriter, producer, and visual artist who has just put out his second EP of 2018, following a lengthy gap in music releases—under his Young & Sick moniker, that is. He collaborated with JD Samson as SHARER in 2015, and as Mr Sanka with Mustafa and James in 2016. His visual art career hasn’t suffered either, having shown original work at FF-1051 Gallery in Los Angeles earlier this month.

I picked van Hofwegen’s brain about the new EP and his simultaneous careers; read what he had to say below. Follow Young & Sick on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

You’ve said that 'No Static' is about how hectic life gets creating as much art as you do. Is there also an implication as to how that affects your social life?

'No Static' is a song about many things, and leaves a lot to the imagination intentionally. One of the themes is about listening to your own advice, and how hard that may be at times. My personal interpretation of the song is that I constantly try to be a better person, a better partner, and a better human. Sometimes the answers to how to do that are simple but the execution proves more difficult.

Which came first, the quote from your friend Elvis Freshly or the song?

The song came first. Marty Minor (author’s note: aka Elvis Freshly) is one of my very best friends. He is a special kind of human and I asked him to record a little poem at the end of 'No Static', because he has a powerful voice and it seemed fitting to the song. He did it on his phone while he was in his hometown of New Orleans.

What compelled you to make and release the symphonic version of 'No Static'?

I love taking a song I’ve made and working to re-imagine it. It pushes me to think about the root of the song in a deeper way and present it to the world as such. There are endless ways to connect musically with people. Sometimes a new take on a song really drives it home.

The 'Up Down' cover is not just a bop, but it’s also so satisfying to hear your music in the structure of T-Pain. Why did you choose that song in particular for this EP?

I love T-Pain a lot and have always wanted to cover one of his many bangers. I think covers are the most fun when they are out of your comfort zone, and far from what you are doing artistically. It allows me to really experiment and push things. It’s also fun to pick something a lot of people know…messing with a classic. Other songs I considered: Aqua – 'Barbie Girl'. SpongeBob Squarepants theme. The Polish national anthem.

It’s also not your first cover, having also put out your versions of 'Dreams' by Fleetwood Mac and 'Breathe' by Télépopmusik. How was this transcription to your sound different for T-Pain than with covers in the past?

'Dreams' and 'Breathe' are some of my favorite songs of all time, so it just felt right to try to give them an ode. 'Dreams' is such a powerful song, Stevie Nicks takes such a strong stance against her ex-lover and comes from such a powerful position; I thought it would be an interesting song sung by a male singer. 'Breathe' is just the warmest song and I hadn't heard anyone do a cover of it so it left me a lot of room to change it and make it mine.

You recently had a gallery showing in Los Angeles with a number of your visual pieces, including illustrations, acrylics, a made-over toy piano, and arrow-riddled guitar cases. Have you shown your art in a setting like that before? How was the experience?

The LA art show was a first for me, but certainly not the last. It was a very dreamy experience to see all my work together in one room with enough white space. It gives people some time and consideration for each piece. Humbling and exciting.

I read that your process working on both music and art is symbiotic. Would you consider your creativity independent of the medium you use to express it?

It’s both symbiotic and fluid, the medium is almost the least important in a way. Music and art are almost the same to me. Both are equally important and come from the same place in my brain. If I ever get stuck while making a song, I start drawing and vice versa. They communicate well with each other and I would never prefer one over the other.

Since your debut album in 2014, you’ve had your hands in several other projects, putting Young & Sick on an implied hiatus—until January of this year, when you released Ojai. How does it feel to be releasing new material again?

It feels unbelievably exciting to get Young & Sick back on track, and in a way I’m glad I took the time to grow, learn, and evolve. EPs, in my mind, are the best way to quickly get back on the scene and make short burst of a particular style. There is definitely an album coming though.

Last time you released a couple EPs, an album followed shortly thereafter. Can fans expect more music on the horizon?

There will be a whole lot happening on both the music and art front. A new album, a lot of painting and sculptures, and a tour. Stay tuned and eat your veggies daily.