Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan of Karmin. Submitted photo
Do you feel it: the buzz, the energy of women who are primed to party arriving in Palm Springs?
The Dinah, a celebrated annual lesbian party and music festival, is under way. Thousands of women have converged in the desert from across the U.S. and beyond for poolside fun and games, comedy and musical performances by Havana Brown, Diana King, Katy Tiz, Karmin and more.
The pop duo Karmin, whose single “Hello” is getting play on the radio and video shows, is slated to perform Saturday night at the Palm Springs Convention Center (details at TheDinah.com). Performers Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan recently chatted with Desert Outlook about their LGBT fans, covering rap songs, and visiting Palm Springs. Here’s a sneak peek:
How did you choose the songs you covered?
Nick Noonan: We looked at the charts, what people were talking about, what was new, and if we could “Karminize” it.
Are you planning to do more covers?
Amy Heidemann: It’s been so focused on the new music. We’re sort of full speed ahead with the new album that’s coming out later in the year.
Tell us about the new album.
Noonan: There’s a lot more me on it, a lot of me singing, a lot of live instruments, a lot more organic indie-sounding songs.
What advice do you have for unknown artists who want to break into the music business through social media, as you did?
Heidemann: Whatever you do make sure it’s something that you’re super passionate about. You have to put in more work than you can possibly imagine. Make sure you have those really deep roots with your audience, keep putting stuff out on a consistent basis, and listen to your audience.
Did either of you ever audition for “American Idol” or any other music competition show?
Noonan: It’s actually really funny. The same week we uploaded the “Look At Me Now” cover we were planning to go that day to audition for “The X Factor. “ We didn’t make it; the video went viral.
Early on there was some confusion about your group name, with some fans thinking Karmin was Amy’s name. What were some of the other group names you considered?
Noonan: We considered a bunch, man, trying to find something that meant something. Carmen in Latin meant song. We added karma to it.
Read the full Karmin interview and features on the re-emergence of artist Alex Koleszar, the history of The Racquet Club, and Palm Springs’ “green gays” in the April issue of Desert Outlook.
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