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article imageInterview: Heffron Drive talks 'Happy Mistakes' tour and new CD Special

By Markos Papadatos     Sep 4, 2014 in Music
New York - Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt from Heffron Drive sat down and chatted with me about their "Happy Mistakes" tour and new album, prior to their September 3 concert at Gramercy Theatre in New York.
This past December had played at Webster Hall in New York, which both musicians dubbed as a "wonderful" experience. "It was a lot of fun. It was the second or third largest show of that whole tour," Schmidt said. "It was sold out," Belt added.
At Gramercy Theatre, they reunite with Ariana and the Rose, who had also opened for them about their Webster Hall show. "She is great," Belt said. "I am happy she decided to jump on again," Schmidt added.
Regarding the song selection of their new album Happy Mistakes, Schmidt remarked, "There was a whole bunch of songs to choose from, but the ones that landed on the album went together the most. There were a couple that were heavy contenders. It was like picking the songs that we wanted to be as cohesive as possible."
Belt continued, "Happy Mistakes was almost a running joke that we had in the album-making process. Something would happen and it would turn out good, and we would call it a happy mistake, and then we thought it would make a good album title."
"We realized how many happy mistakes happened, so it seemed appropriate to name it that way," Schmidt added.
Electro-pop group Heffron Drive
Electro-pop group Heffron Drive
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Their lead single "Parallel" had garnered 4.5 out of 5 stars from Digital Journal. "We chose that as a first single since that music was a convolution of everything you can expect of our future songs," he said.
Belt noted that they both like all of the songs on the new album for different reasons, yet they selected the title track "Happy Mistakes," "Division of the Heart," as well as "One Track Mind," the latter of which is featured in the deluxe edition of the CD. "'One Track Mind' is just a blast to play live," Belt admitted.
On September 6, Heffron Drive will be playing at Madison Theater at Molloy College in Rockville Center, New York. "That will be a cool show," Belt said.
Schmidt listed Miley Cyrus, Demi Lovato and Adele as his dream female duet choices.
Aside from his music, Schmidt is actively involved with his charity work, which includes Grom Social, in an effort to raise anti-bullying awareness.
Heffron Drive made Digital Journal's "Top 10 pop music acts to watch in 2014" list, which was flattering for both musicians.
For more information on electro-pop duo Heffron Drive, visit their official Facebook page.
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