EXCLUSIVE! Karmin reveal: “We were two days away from auditioning for ‘The X Factor’”
To say that Karmin are taking the pop world by storm is no understatement. After tearing up the charts last year with their infectious track ‘Brokenhearted,’ Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan are well on their way to doing it all over again with their latest track ‘Acapella’ thanks largely to their dedicated fans, the Karmanites.
And while they also have the Karmanites to thank for helping them break away from YouTube and onto the world stage, Karmin were actually just days away from auditioning for ‘The X Factor’ in the search for superstardom.
But the group ended up going it alone (and ironically getting signed by ‘The X Factor’ judge, L.A Reid), and there’s certainly an overwhelming sense of relief from both Amy and Nick that they were able to forge their own path in the music industry.
Speaking to MTV Australia about how talent shows such as ‘The X Factor’ have changed the musical landscape, the real life couple explained that it’s brought about a whole new way of getting noticed, but being part of one of these show formats isn’t easy.
“In a similar way I think that YouTube is changing [the music industry], we were one of the premiere groups last year that popped off YouTube,” Amy explained.
“We were two days away from auditioning for ‘The X Factor’ in the US, because they were accepting groups. When you feel like that’s the best way to reach an audience, sometimes that is the best way because it’s a lot of money to tour.”
Nick added: “It’s interesting because it’s all so intense – you have to represent yourself in a song a week. It’s such an intense spotlight and sometimes you can’t capitalise on it in that moment.
“For me, it’s not necessarily my favourite route because the stress and the pressure of it I think is not exactly fair. But it’s entertaining and there’s a lot of drama so of course people are going to check it out.”
So do they both agree that deciding not to go through with their audition was a great decision?
“Yes!” declared Amy, “We were saying we would not do well.”
“And the popularity thing is just interesting,” continued Nick. “A lot of the biggest stars in the world would never make it on those shows. Like most of the people out there who are the biggest stadium acts or whatever, if you just sat them down with a microphone and a piano they probably wouldn’t sound very good. But there’s the performance or the work ethic – there’s different things that make them who they are.”
In that same vein, the female rapper-extraordinaire insisted that there are so many different ways to get noticed now days, that it can be harder to break out and actually get recognised for your talent – but with Karmin, the pair feel like they have something unique to bring to the table.
“I don’t really rap in girly way,” states Amy. “I try to rap more like a man would.”
While Nick believes it’s their stage presence that keeps their fans coming back for more.
“We like to think that our live show is what makes us different from especially other pop acts, because we approach it in more like a kind of indie pop angle. We’re also a duo – you don’t see a lot of those out there.”
Karmin’s debut studio album ‘Pulses’ is set to be released very soon. Don’t worry Karmanites, they’re just as eager for it to drop as you are!