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article imageCatching up with Heffron Drive at Webster Hall in New York Special

By Markos Papadatos     Jul 2, 2015 in Music
New York - On July 1, Kendall Schmidt (Big Time Rush) and Dustin Belt from Heffron Drive sat down and chatted with Digital Journal at Webster Hall.
They performed at The Studio at Webster Hall in New York City, in an effort to promote their unplugged version of their Happy Mistakes album. "It's an acoustic gig, and it has a shorter vibe in a shorter room, and it is more feel-good," Schmidt said.
They shared that their latest studio effort was recorded on TOLBooth Records in their home studio. Belt listed "Passing Time" as his favorite song on the album, where they collaborate with Logan Henderson, Schmidt's label-mate from Big Time Rush, while Schimdt selected "Nicotine" as his personal pick, especially since it turned out cool.
For Schmidt, the lyrics to "Had To Be Panama" were extremely poetic. "I was trying to be as poetic as possible, and paint a picture of being in a foreign place," Schmidt said.
The duo went on to perform every song from their album at their show at The Studio at Webster Hall, and they performed George Ezra's "Budapest" during their sound-check, as an acoustic treat for their fans. "We are doing our full album top to bottom and we have a full band with us," Belt attested. "We have all acoustic instruments, except the bass of course," Schmidt added.
Regarding their well-received version of "Budapest," Schmidt said, "We might not do it for this show, but we eventually want to play it for the entire audience. We have just kept it for our VIP crowd."
On their future plans, they said, "We are always working on new music. We have people tweet us all the time, telling us to take a break, but we don't want to, because making music is fun, and we have new music in the works."
Most impressive about Schmidt and Belt was that they were born in the same hospital in Kansas, so when asked if they were to do a homecoming show there, Schmidt said, "My grandma is doing everything in her power to make a homecoming show happen, and she is trying really hard. We told her that it's not about us, and that we need to find a promoter for that, and she is like 'who do I need to call.'"
The duo is motivated simply by their desire "to have a job that involves music forever." They defined success as "doing what you love to do, and hopefully, making money doing that."
For their die-hard Heffron Drive fans, they concluded, "We love them, and obviously, we would not be here without them."
For more information on pop duo Heffron Drive, their tour dates and album, check out their official website.
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