AFTERBUZZ TV – AfterBuzz TV’s Spotlight On edition, is a long form interview series featuring actors and TV personalities discussing their roles and shows as well as their thoughts, passions and journeys. In this episode hosts Jason Ikeler interviews Karmin.
Karmin is an American hip hop duo consisting of Amy Renee Heidemann [born April 29, 1986 The name of the band is a portmanteau made from the Latin word carmen meaning “song” (also a Spanish female name), and the word karma, making the name Karmin.] and Nicholas Louis “Nick” Noonan [born April 27, 1986 ].
The YouTube sensation Amy and Nick are known for their unique covers of popular songs such as Look at Me Now, Super Bass, and Party Rock Anthem.Following the success of their covers, they were signed in 2011 to Epic Records, which was relaunched under L.A. Reid. In May 2012, Karmin released their debut EP, Hello, which spawned the singles “Brokenhearted” and “Hello” and received mixed reviews. “Brokenhearted” reached the top 20 in the US Billboard Hot 100 charts, and the top 10 in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, while “Hello” reached number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart in the United States. In March 2014, the duo released their debut album, Pulses, to moderate commercial and critical reception. The album’s lead single, “Acapella“, charted in the top 10 in Australia and New Zealand, and achieved moderate success in the United States. The duo left Epic Records in the middle of 2014 and has since released music independently. Their second album Leo Rising is scheduled to be released somewhere in fall 2015.
Karmin is currently managed by Berklee College of Music graduate Nils Gums (’06), who founded the artist development and management firm, The Complex Group, Inc. alongside fellow Berklee alumnus, Matt Maltese and USC Film School graduate, Eric Zimmermann. Rolling Stone named Karmin’s lead singer Amy as the winner of “Women Who Rock” contests.
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