Meet NYC-based art-pop duo Danielle Harris (vocalist) and Alex Utay (producer and multi-instrumentalist) known as “Slow Sugar”.
After bursting onto the scene in 2015, Slow Sugar has proven their worth and created a huge cultish fan base along the way. Armed with a mix of pop and indie sensibilities, their carefully crafted alternative pop sound is not only immediately infectious, but also intricate and deep as demonstrated on their new track “Hypnotic Love”.
“Hypnotic Love” captures the experience of intense infatuation with another person, and how being around them alters your state of consciousness.
Check out interview with the dynamic duo below and their new track “Hypnotic Love” here.
What gets you up in the morning?
Danielle: The fiction section of the New Yorker, black coffee, and half a cigarette.
Alex: Ambulance sirens. I live two blocks from a major hospital. Oh, and the excitement of living an artist’s life. That too.
What was your inspiration for Hypnotic Love?
Danielle: I’d spent 48 hours in my (now ex) boyfriend’s bedroom when we started dating. When I came out, I felt like I had been in a trance. Alex and I then wrote a song to capture that feeling of losing a sense of place and time when you’re infatuated with someone.
Three people – dead or alive, real or fictional – that you’d invite to dinner.
Danielle: This one’s tough. I’d say Vladimir Nabokov, Janis Joplin, and my late grandfather.
Alex: I’d invite John Lennon, Louis CK, and Van Gogh.
What is your proudest moment?
Alex: I went to a small school for 12 years growing up, and my classmates elected me to speak at our high school graduation. It was a tradition that the speaker rip into our experience at the school – it was a NYC all-boys prep school so it wasn’t hard. Always fun to tell strange and inappropriate inside jokes for 15 minutes while a thousand family members shift around uncomfortably.
Danielle: There was this boy I was crushing on hard in 6th grade. I showed up to the 6th grade dance with a karaoke track for Blondie’s “Call Me”. In the middle of the dance I went up on stage, had the DJ stop the music, play my track, and give me the mic. I performed the song in front of a few hundred kids – none of whom knew who the fuck Blondie was. I ended up getting his number and a few others to boot.
Tell us your favorite quote to live by.
Alex: “To some extent, I happily don’t know what I’m doing. I feel that it’s an artist’s responsibility to trust that” – David Byrne
Danielle: “The world’s second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore” – Jean Baudrillard