INTERVIEW: Breathe Carolina Adapt to Heat, Main Stage at Vans Warped Tour

Breathe Carolina has played dates on Vans Warped Tour prior to this year. But the experience is completely different now that the band is not only playing main stage, but doing so with a platinum-selling single to its credit. The electro-duo from Colorado is rising to the occasion while adapting to the heat, more literally than figuratively.

“Our laptops that we have for the music set aren’t too bad,” David Schmitt said of the weather’s effect on the band’s equipment. “But we had video screens at the beginning of this tour, and we were in Las Vegas and it was so hot that the computers wouldn’t turn on, so we couldn’t use them.”


With the constant change in set times and tech set-ups, attempting to implement video screens is ambitious for any group, let alone one playing the main stage at Warped for its first time.

“We just wanted to push ourselves and kind of push everybody else that you can do it,” Kyle Even said. “But the reality of it is a lot crazier than I thought.”

Breathe Carolina will finish out the Warped Tour trek before breaking out those video screens again for a handful of festival dates in the U.S. and abroad. The band’s re-release of Hell Is What You Make It is in stores now.