Twenty-Nine and Feeling Fine
Happy birthday to Dustin Belt, who turned 29 on December 3rd. We love you, Dustin and we can’t wait to see what adventures you take us on in the next year.
More Tour Dates!
For the past 2 months, we have had new tour dates to announce, and the surprises just keep coming! Congratulations to Switzerland and Italy who will be seeing Heffron Drive in February! Wonder where else HD will venture before 2017 comes to an end?
Check out the full list of dates here:
JAN.13.2017 | MEXICO CITY,MEXICO
JAN.14.2017 | MONTERREY,MEXICO
JAN.15.2017 | GUADALAJARA,MEXICO
FEB.09.2017 | MOSCOW, RUSSIA
FEB.10.2017 | ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
FEB.14.2017 | AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
FEB.17.2017 | PARIS, FRANCE
FEB.18.2017 | ROUBAIX, FRANCE
FEB.19.2017 | LYON, FRANCE
FEB.20.2017 | TOURS, FRANCE
FEB.22.2017 | SOLOTHURN, SWITZERLAND
FEB.24.2017 | TURIN, ITALY
FEB.25.2017 | NAPLES, ITALY
FEB.26.2017 | ROME, ITALY
Kendall Schmidt is a man of many talents; singing, acting, writing, producing, and photography.
Over the past year, we have seen the passion of taking photos bloom in Kendall. What may have seemed like a mere hobby, has developed into something a bit more. It has always been there, as he has been taking many photos since his time touring with Big Time Rush, but now he is being more artistic and keeping it “old school” by using film versus digital.
Kendall’s camera of choice is a 1977 Pentax K1000 that he picked up from EBay. He has been sharing his photography on social media using the hashtag #K35mm and more recently adding #filmisnotdead as well. He has now created an Instagram account to share some of his photos. Be sure to give it a follow because these photos are posted there exclusively, and are not cross posted to his Twitter or Facebook.
He also uses a Fujifilm Instax for instant miniature retro Polaroid-style photos. Some of these photos were available at the merch table during the summer tour, and are expected to be sold at the upcoming dates as “HD Trading Cards.” Signed and numbered prints of #K355 will be available as well. Get to the merch tables early, because these will surely sell out quickly.
Learn more about Kendall’s love of photography in this interview with Myspace, where he speaks of five dream destinations he would like to visit and photograph.
Soft Rocking Your Stockings Off
On December 10th, 2016 Bryce Soderberg (Lifehouse) hosted the very first “Soft Rocking Your Stockings Off” streaming concert for charity on Stage It from his home in California. Many artists participated by playing acoustic sets of their songs and some Christmas songs as well.
Heffron Drive was one of guests during this broadcast. They played Happy Mistakes, Don’t Let Me Go, and of course Kendall’s Christmas hit, Blame It on the Mistletoe. There was even a special mashup of Parallel with a cover of Starboy by The Weeknd.
We spoke with Bryce a few days after the event. “Dustin and Kendall were incredible human beings and were very generous with their time and efforts,” he said. As if we had any doubt these boys were kindhearted?
The event had about 100 viewers raised almost $3000 for St. Jude’s Hospital and Musicians on Call. They are hoping to increase these numbers next year!
Blame It on the Mistletoe
This past November marked the two-year year anniversary of Kendall’s solo hit, “Blame It on the Mistletoe,” which was released on November 25, 2014. The song premiered during a live performance in Chicago on Windy City Live on November 20th, with his first public performance of the song being at the annual Magnificent Mile Lights Festival two days later. He would go on to perform it in Philly during abc6’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 27th.
One of the most memorable performances of “Blame It on the Mistletoe” was at The Roxy in Los Angeles, California on December 22, 2015. Special guest, Jacob Scesney, joined them on stage to play sax and added a killer solo to the tune. You can watch here.
Does Jacob look familiar? He should! He recorded the awesome flute track in Rain Don’t Come, and joined Heffron Drive in the studio at Sunset Sound for the live acoustic performance for Virgin Air.
Blame It on the Mistletoe is sure to become a holiday classic as years go by. If you still don’t have this song in your collection, you can get it here.
New Year, New Music
As 2016 comes to an end, we are looking forward to 2017. With a new album expected before March and a new single due to drop soon, Heffron Drive will be starting the New Year with a bang! We can’t wait to hear it!
Thanks to Bryce, Lindsay, and Melly