Persons of Interest: Karmin
This Berklee-trained pop duo is poised for a major breakthrough. —Rebecca Milzoff
Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan exchanged numbers at a Berklee College of Music party in 2006. She was the hot female vocalist on campus, he was the best jazz trombonist. âBut I didnât think weâd connect later on,â Heidemann says. âI was kind of cocky, like, I can get whatever guy I want. Iâve got this locked.â Noonan laughs: âAnd I was like, I got this unlocked.â
He was right: Six years later, the couple is hitched in more ways than one â engaged to be married and members of the pop duo Karmin. Buoyed by a string of dead-on hip-hop covers that showcase Heidemannâs impressive ability to imitate any rapperâs flow (check out her Lilâ Wayne) and Noonanâs innovative, minimalist percussion, theyâve become a YouTube phenom. âNick has a kind of mystery-man, rocker-boy edge, and I have this Râ&âB diva thing happening,â Heidemann says. âBut hip-hop is what brings it all together.â The pair quickly went from playing on Newbury Street and filming videos in Heidemannâs apartment near Agganis Arena to snagging a guest spot on Ellen and getting a surprise invite to perform with the Roots at Tufts.
Karminâs first original album drops next month, and includes two radio-friendly singles, âCrash Your Partyâ and âBrokenÂhearted.â Though the couple moved to California last September to be closer to producers and recording studios, they wonât soon forget their humble roots here. After all, theyâve got a single to show for it. ââBrokenheartedâ kind of tells our story,â Heidemann says, recalling how Noonan didnât call her after that fateful party. âBut I guess it doesnât end at being brokenhearted.â
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