Karmin Perform In Studio, Talk About Amy’s Rap Roots & More
Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan, known the world over as the adorable musical duo Karmin, recently stopped by the Fresh 102.7 studios in NYC to chat with morning hosts Jim & Kim and perform a couple of songs off of their debut album, “Hello.”
Karmin are best known for their covers of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” and Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass.” But that’s all quickly changing since the release of their album which is chock full of original songs.
Here’s Karmin performing the first smash single off of “Hello,” “Brokenhearted.”
While the loveable couple were in the building, Fresh morning show hosts Jim & Kim sat down to pick their brains about their musical influences.
Amy, who has become well known not just for her music with Nick but also for her incredible rapping skills, says she was never allowed to listen to “parental advisory” rap music as a kid. Being from a very conservative, mid-western family, she had to sneak listens and eventually began to emulate her favorite rap features from pop songs – like Jay-Z’s verse in Mariah Carey’s “Heartbreaker” and the “clean version” of Lauren Hill’s album – in the shower. Her sixth grade boyfriend eventually burned her Dr. Dre’s “Chronic 2001,” which changed her life.
When you go from no rap to “Chronic 2001,” Nick says, “it’s like going from zero to 2000 mph!”
Fast forward a few years, when Nick overheard Amy practicing her skills, he said “we gotta put this on YouTube!” And the rest is history.
These days, Amy and Nick are creating their own, original music and are climbing up the Top 40 charts. Although the writing process that takes hold with two incredibly talented musicians like Amy and Nick can get a little messy, it always comes together in the end. Nick says “the collective process is very similar [each time]. We start with the beat, form and melody and then we put lyrics to that.”
“But it’s always gibberish,” says Amy.
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