On April 12, 2011 – Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan uploaded a cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” to YouTube. A year and a half later, with a record deal and hit singles under their belt, the people that comprise Karmin do not seem to have changed much. Sure, Heidemann is now obtaining those blogged-about hair rolls with the help of a stylist, and Noonan’s choice of instrument is now backed by a touring band when on the road. But as for Amy and Nick themselves, the two seem pretty unfazed.
“We met all kinds of people. The Backstreet Boys, they were like, ‘Hey Karmin!’ We’re like, ‘Hey… Backstreet Boys,’” recalled Noonan of an elevator run-in with the boy band. “We were just chillin’ with (will.i.am) talking about Nebraska football.”
The duo continued to recollect experiences from their trip to the 2012 American Music Awards with the type of enthusiasm you’d expect from a radio contest winner. It’s refreshing.
“When we found out that we were presenting No Doubt, that was kind of the icing on the cake,” Noonan said. “That’s one of our favorite, most influenced-by bands, period.”
Heidemann chimed in that seeing Stevie Wonder live, for the first time, was another big highlight of the evening.
The band flew from Los Angeles to New York on Tuesday. On Wednesday, Amy and Nick filmed a performance for a year-end special on MTV. Then Thursday, the group took part in The 86th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Karmin is rolling off the success of its first major label release, Hello, which spawned the hit single, “Broken Hearted.” The group is recording a full-length album.