Artist Spotlight: Karmin

By Tyler Clark

Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan met as freshman at Berklee College of Music in Boston. She was a vocal major and he was a jazz trombone major. Like everyone else trying to get into the mainstream spotlight, they started posting videos to YouTube. Their cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” did just that.

The world became fascinated with a little white girl from Boston with rapping chops that match those of big name acts. Their video gained popularity and eventually landed them a spot on The Ellen Show. With more rap covers like “6 Foot 7 Foot” and “Super Bass,” Karmin soon landed a record deal with Epic. They released their first single “Crash Your Party,” an ode to their unconventional journey into the music industry, on October 20, 2011. It wasn’t until their lead single from their EP Hello, however, that they began burning up the charts.

Hello was released on May 4, 2012. Though it received very harsh reviews, Hello debuted at number 18 on the Billboard 200.

  Marked as the official lead single of their EP, “Brokenhearted” was released February 7, 2012 and quickly became a hit. “Brokenhearted” peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 1 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club songs. The single became platinum in the US and double platinum in Australia.

“Acapella” is the lead single from their upcoming album Pulses and the song left critics unimpressed. “Acapella,” featuring Amy’s signature rapping, was criticized for its use of auto-tune, processed drums, and falsetto bit in the bridge. Despite this upset, Karmin used their pop music versatility and bounced back with their disco-tinged single “I Want It All.”

“I Want It All” is written by Amy, Nick, and Ester Dean, and demonstrates the originality that Karmin brings to the pop genre. Amy raps and sings and Nick plays keyboards, trombone, and drums. “I Want It All” along with “Acapella” shows the range and depth that Karmin brings to their music and highlight their originality. If these two songs are any indication of how their album Pulses will sound, fans are in for a refreshing pop surprise.

Pulses will be available on March 25 and the second leg of the Pulses Tour begins in April.