Karmin: Duo Wants It All
It’s safe to say that Karmin is hardly “brokenhearted” these days.
That’s the name of their top-20 smash of last February, and the pair of Nebraska-born Amy Heidemann and Maine native Nick Noonan are hoping to follow it up with their latest single, “I Want It All,” which they will bring to The Paramount stage Feb. 1.
Decidedly less synthesized than their breakout radio hit, the danceable, late-’70s evoking “I Want It All,” available on iTunes Jan. 28, boasts a “strong MJ vibe” and ample brass – an opportunity to show off the chops they developed as students at the Berklee School of Music in Boston.
“Why can’t there be a friggin’ horn breakdown in the middle of a pop chorus anymore?” Noonan said.
Karmin will be bringing that and more to Huntington next month as part of the “Pulses” tour to promote their upcoming studio album of the same name, which is due out in the spring.
“It has a lot more of the duo feel… the big gang vocals, a big anthem kind of feel,” Noonan said. “We wanted everything to translate live – live is when we’re in our best element.”
While Heidemann and Noonan are partners in music, they were partners in life first and remain so – they got engaged before their first viral hit in 2010.
“We fell in love first – we started dating eight or nine years ago,” Heidemann said, before joking, “What better way to destroy our relationship than start a musical group together?”
The couple honed their craft busking on Newberry Street in Boston. Then YouTube put them on the map. After posting covers for about a year, they had a breakthrough when their performance of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” went viral. That earned them trips to perform with The Roots at Tufts and appearances on Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Seacrest’s shows, where Heidemann’s singing and rapping abilities earned notice. Then, “Brokenhearted” from their 2012 EP “Hello” took off, and the title track topped Billboard’s dance charts.
Their stop in Huntington will be their last east-coast performance before they head to the Midwest and the Pacific coast. But New York is a favorite destination, the duo agrees.
“It’s just an awesome place to play for us – the fans go crazy, the energy is amazing,” Noonan said.
At their live show coming up Feb. 1, expect the unexpected, they say.
“They expect it to be a lot cuter, nice and safe – that’s not what it’s about,” Noonan explained. “It’s a lot of energy – we’re running around the whole time.”
Follow them on Twitter @Karmin and say “hello” – they typically tweet to their fans right before a gig.
Tickets for their Paramount performance are $22.50 and $42.50, and are available through Ticketmaster, http://paramountny.com or the theater box office. For more info, call The Paramount at 631-673-7300.