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After seeing [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Amy Heidemann[/lastfm] flawlessly, breathlessly rip through [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Busta[/lastfm]‘s rhymes on a cover of[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Chris Brown[/lastfm]‘s “Look At Me Now,” [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Karmin [/lastfm]went from being an undiscovered talent to becoming a worldwide viral sensation.
[pullquote quote="We posted a bunch of YouTube videos. One of them went completely viral...because you guys posted it and spread it around. It's your fault." credit="Karmin"]Karmin, derived from the name Carmen mixed with the word “karma,” was initially thought to only be Heidemann. Many were under the impression (and still are) that her name is Karmin.
But the Berklee College alumnus and hyper-talented engaged duo of Heidemann and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nick Noonan [/lastfm]are setting the record straight by wooing multi-genre audiences with the sweet pop harmonies of their voices, raw instrumentals, and Heidemann’s enviable rapping skills.
The couple’s immensely popular combination of Noonan’s jazz trombone education with Amy’s pop music sensibilities got them noticed by huge musicians like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nicki Minaj[/lastfm], [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Questlove[/lastfm], and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Missy Elliot [/lastfm]and the pair ultimately were signed to Epic Records by the much venerated [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]L.A. Reid[/lastfm] to work on original music. Heidemann said this afternoon, “luckily we had a hundred million people decide that we sound amazing the way we were–and L.A. Reid agreed.”
Just like the rest of the world, AMP Radio absolutely adores Karmin. So we “crashed” their “party” and brought it to the Red Bull Sound Space at AMP Radio this afternoon.
After an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show and unprecedented support by Redditt users, Karmin is now touring the country, playing to the fans whom they are so thankful towards. Karmin says these fans made them popular by posting their covers all over the internet and Heidemann told AMP Radio’s Michelle that the duo’s popularity was “our fault.” Highlighting the importance of the internet in their success, the couple won an American Music Award in New Media just recently.
“We posted a bunch of YouTube videos. One of them went completely viral…because you guys posted it and spread it around. It’s your fault.” Noonan agreed and expressed his affection, “We love you forever.”
Michelle touched on the point that the duo is actually a couple who has been together for quite a long time. After replying that they were a “couple of nerds,” Noonan described how they met to the audience:
“We met back in the day in college…And then, she was kind of like the big hotshot singer on campus. Actually started dating first…we dated for four years before we started the band.”
Dubbing her past self as a “wedding singer like Adam Sandler” with Noonan working at a “boxing gym,” Heiddeman credits their onstage chemistry with being the glue that holds the couple together now that they are always with each other on tour. Oh, and date nights with “chick flicks and X-Men.”
“Man, we are together all the time now, aren’t we?,” said Heidemann. ” I think the secret to it is continuing to perform on stage together. That’s where our chemistry shines…and date night.”
Incredibly warm and cheerful, the retro-adorable Heiddeman doesn’t seem to need any tricks to keep her man. Just good old fashioned alone time. And enough red lipstick to last through a tour. “I think my red lipstick and that’s all I need.” Heidemann said cheekily. “I could do no clothes and I’d be good.”
The pair played a six song set including [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Nicki Minaj[/lastfm]‘s “Super Bass,” the first ever performance of fan-voted cover, “Stereo Hearts,” [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Katy Perry[/lastfm]‘s “Firework,” [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]LMFAO[/lastfm]‘s “Party Rock Anthem,” and the song that garnered them their initial buzz–[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chris Brown[/lastfm]‘s “Look At Me Now.”
With Heidemann’s rapping voice ofttimes likened to Minaj’s, Karmin said they got to meet the rapper who dubbed Heidemann as cute and called the experience “priceless.”
Heidemann recounted the story, saying Minaj told her, “Honey, just keep doing what you’re doing. It’s so epic.” Heidemann replied to Minaj jokingly, “It’s funny you say that because our label is called Epic.” Minaj replied “And you’re cute too.”
With nods from some of their favorite musicians like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lauryn Hill[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Missy Elliot[/lastfm], Karmin described their meeting with L.A. Reid has intense, especially because they also ended up meeting [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kanye West[/lastfm] that same night. Noonan described the whole experience:
[pullquote quote="I think I went a bought a cupcake and ate it...really fast." credit="Amy's response to getting signed"]“That day in particular was pretty intense. We met with L.A…that’s kind of ridiculous. And after that we ended up meeting up with [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Kanye West[/lastfm].”
Karmin’s début album on Epic is scheduled to be released early next year, but their song “Crash Your Party” is already starting to “get played around the country,” according to Heidemann. She also promises that when the album comes out there will be “lots of confetti.”
Heidemann’s atypical (but actually not that strange) way of dealing with her success: “I think I went a bought a cupcake and ate it…really fast.”
With Noonan offering “free hugs that are three dollars each,” does it really get any cuter?