the label hot releases from carrboro, north carolina has been active since 2008. it’s run by ryan martin, alias secret boyfriend, who’s just as convincing as a musician, performer and event organizer. below is a quick look into the world of hot releases.
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as a kid, i was always kind of freaked out," says ryan martin. the 31-year-old carrboro resident and musician issues eclectic outsider music on his hot releases label and creates his own as secret boyfriend. right now, sitting under an oak tree outside the looking glass cafe, he's trying to explain its origins and the childhood of paranormal experiences that have shaped his aesthetic.