Pop duo Karmin, known for their energetic covers on YouTube and their top 20 breakout single “Brokenhearted,” stopped by the YouTube Space in L.A. a few days ago to schmooze with select fans and for a Google+ Hangout with the slightly less privileged rest online. The married twosome are promoting their new album “Pulses,” which will be released on March 25, and are about to embark on a tour starting early next month.
NMR caught up with the very cool Amy and Nick to chat about their YouTube Space visit, their new album, and how they approach covers, among other very important things. Peep their answers below.
So what brought you to YouTube Space L.A.?
We needed to connect with our fans about the new album “Pulses” coming out, and thought, what better outlet than YouTube? We had never been to their L.A. space, and it’s incredible.
How do you guys feel about the constant fan interaction that comes with being on YouTube and social media?
It’s the only way we know how to do things. They pretty much raised us online and are the reason we do what we do! I can’t imagine not having that.
If you had to sum up “Pulses” in three words, what would they be?
Retro. Future. Dope.
How has the reception been to the new songs at your concerts?
So far, so good. It’s always scary playing music people have never heard, but we are so proud of our live show. With the band behind us and great music, you can’t go wrong!
For you guys, what qualities do you think makes a cover song a “Karmin cover song”?
Ha ha! When you recognize the original song, but there’s something twisted about it. We tend to choose strange grooves and new interpretations of melodies every time. It’s also simplified, usually no more than a drum track and one or two instruments.
Are there any songs or group of songs that you would never ever touch, cover-wise?
Yes, Beatles. I think someday we will do it, but it’s terrifying.
Have there been any instances where the time you took to come up with your own cover take of a song took more time and effort than writing one of your original songs?
Never! We always joke that covering songs is much easier. Hardly any pressure. You are just taking someone else’s creation and putting your stank on it. We know right away if a song is going to work as a cover song or not. It’s a weird instinct we have!