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article imageInterview with Kendall Schmidt from Heffron Drive Special

By Markos Papadatos     Dec 4, 2013 in Entertainment
New York - Big Time Rush's Kendall Schmidt sat down and chatted with me at Webster Hall in New York City, prior to his live concert.
He opened up about his side project Heffron Drive. New York songstress Ariana and the Rose served as their opening act.
A pop-rock-electro duo, Heffron Drive is made up of Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt. They are both originally from Kansas and they were both born in the same hospital. "We met in Los Angeles on a whim chance and we kept hanging out and making music and now we are here," he said.
On playing Webster Hall, he shared that it is a "wonderful" feeling. "This place is awesome. It's nice to be here. I am trying to figure out if this was an old movie set or something like that. It looks like it," he said.
Regarding his current tour with Heffron Drive, he stated, "It has been a blast so far. The tour has just got started. I am really looking forward to being able to release music."
Schmidt credited his musical influences as Fall Out Boy, Taking Back Sunday, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, among other pop-rock emo bands.
Their song "Quiet Please" is actually the first official Heffron Drive song. "It's totally different and there are a lot of words in there and they mean a lot as well. It's one of those songs that when you put out five, it sticks out and that was the one that people started listening to," he said.
"Stand Forever" is a tune that involved Schmidt making music on his computer. "I just start with something cool and keep going," he said.
The pop heartthrob listed "Time Wasting" as his personal favorite Heffron Drive track. "It really is nice and the lyrics are self-explanatory. I really like to focus on the lyrics and telling full stories," he said.
At times, his hectic schedule can get a little overwhelming, but Schmidt manages to cope and stay focused. "Sometimes you need to take a deep breath. Also, sometimes you just vent and explode, but everyone has to really steam once in a while, otherwise it just builds up too much," he said.
When asked about his pre-show rituals, he revealed that he does vocal warm-ups and he drinks obsessive amounts of water. "I am just slamming water like crazy," he said.
On his future plans, he hopes to get a song on the radio namely 'Art of Moving On.' "That's the one that I would really like to get on there. I would like to start a label and write for other artists," he said.
Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt from Heffron Drive
Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt from Heffron Drive
Courtesy of Big Machine Agency
Kendall Schmidt noted that he would love to do duets with pop mega-stars Katy Perry, Ellie Goulding and Adele as his dream collaboration choices. "It would be really fun to do one with Katy Perry and I would love to do one with Ellie Goulding," he said.
For hopefuls that wish to go into music professionally, Schmidt advises them to work hard, since "hard work pays off, especially practice."
In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, doing outdoor activities such as fishing and buying music equipment.
If he weren't a musician, Schmidt shared he would love to be in biology or go to space.
To learn more about Kendall Schmidt and Heffron Drive, visit their official website.
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