Turn Up The Volume: #15

Fingers Crossed

“Fingers Crossed” from Heffron Drive’s Slow Motion EP was a huge hit with fans, and is arguably the most popular song of the release. We were very excited to learn more about it by speaking with Bryce Soderberg who co-wrote the song.

Bryce is probably best known as the bass player for the band Lifehouse, but he is also a songwriter and the front man of indie band Komox.

TUTV: We saw Heffron Drive on your livestream “Soft Rocking Your Stockings Off” back in December. Were you friends/acquaintances before this event? How did y’all meet?

Bryce: Kendall and I had become friends through the LA songwriting circuit. We wrote “Love Defined” as a bonus track on their first record Happy Mistakes.  I asked them to perform and they were very gracious and generous. We had a blast and raised some money.

TUTV: How did the collaboration for “Fingers Crossed” come about? Were you more involved with the music or lyrics portion, or was it a bit of both? How was the process compared to writing for your other bands Lifehouse and Komox?

Bryce: Kendall and Dustin had a bed track already written I came in to help with the melody and lyrics as well as bass parts.  It was a smooth quick fun session. I like collaborating as it is kind of like a Ouija board. If you trust the energy and vibes of the other writers you can come up with some magic. Songwriting processes are different every time.

TUTV: How would you describe Fingers Crossed?

Bryce: It’s a fun pop tune about keeping the end of a relationship afloat through challenge of not wanting to let the other person go. I like the human nature aspect of it.  I like the bass part as well it has kind of a talking heads vibe.

TUTV: Would you consider collaborating again in the future? Maybe on song for your band(s) or going on tour together?

Bryce: Absolutely! It would be fun to write or tour with them anytime. They are good dudes, kind, funny and easy to work with.

Kendall agrees! He had this to say about Bryce: “Bryce is an amazing bassist, song-writer, and overall Badass! We are so happy to have written “Fingers Crossed” with him and are looking to writing more with Bryce on our next full length album.”

TUTV: What’s next for you?

Bryce: Komox is in the studio working on our debut album. We have launched a PledgeMusic campaign. Lifehouse has some big things coming up this summer but it’s still a secret 🙂

Thank you to Bryce and Kendall for speaking with us! We are excited to see their future collaborations.


2017 Kids’ Choice Awards

Kendall Schmidt and the Kids’ Choice awards go way back. It wasn’t too long ago that Big Time Rush were winning their own orange rockets. This year, Kendall wasn’t nominated but still wanted to make the night special, so he brought along a high-five confetti cannon!

Kendall took video of each high-fave and shared them on his instagram story. If you missed them, you can check out videos of those spectacular high-faves here and here thanks to Big Time Snaps on twitter.

3 Years of Parallel

March 25th marked the 3 year anniversary of Heffron Drive’s first single, “Parallel.” The song was first performed at the South by South West Festival in Texas and premiered on the radio during the Zach Sang Show on March 17th. We asked fans about their reactions to hearing the song for the first time.

“I knew it’d be the start of something big,” Rachael said.

Domenique felt the same way. “It was the start of a great new chapter for Dustin and Kendall.”

Jayla, who listened to the song on the phone with a friend, said, “I remember being so happy for him.”

Other fans were a bit emotional. “I was a crying mess. I remember being so proud and also moved by the lyrics,” Melly recalled.

What was your first reaction to hearing Parallel? Let us know in the comments.

Buy Parallel on iTunes

Parallel Official Lyric Video

Squad Wars

Ladies and Gentlemen, Turn Up the Volume is pleased to announce the newest WWE tag team: *awesome rock entrance music and smoke effects* Casanova and Hilton Ron!

Well not really. These are the alter egos of Heffron Drive members, Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt when they stepped in the squared circle (professional name for a wrestling ring) in LA for BuzzFeed’s original Youtube show, “Squad Wars”.

Teaming up with the “Try Guys,” Kendall and Dustin joined team Big Time Squad against Husband and Wife Youtube prank show DK4L.

“No matter what the challenge, we’re ready, and we’re going to win. Big time Squad. We go big, obviously. It’s in the name ” -Kendall

They got off to a great start with Dustin’s clever line “Is this the postal service, because she just delivered the fe-mail” in the mini challenge for commentary that won them first pick in the costume department.

They learnt the ropes- literally! Whether it was just how to fall or technical moves, the coaches made sure they knew how to pull it off so were safe and well executed. But it still hurt.

And so the showdown was set!

There was clotheslines, creeps, and comedy. But don’t worry, they weren’t alone. They had help along the way with a few professional wrestling stars. Working as the team we know and love, Casanova got the pin over wrestler “Slicked Back Heart Attack”.

WWE Hall of Fame star Rikishi was the guest judge and everyone agreed that Kendall’s suplex was the best out of both teams. And Dustin put his body on the line with getting flipped on his back.

Their team got the vote for being the best characters, but sadly they lost the winning vote and didn’t take home any belts or trophies. They sure gave us a good laugh and great entertainment though, and that’s what the E in WWE stands for after all. Maybe the guys have a future in WWE… then again, maybe not!

Although Dustin’s twitter bio did say former WWE Champion at one point…

Squad Wars is available for viewing on Youtube Red.

Wake Up and Smell the Koffee

Have you been keeping up with #KoffeeTimeWithKendall?  After taking a small break while on tour, Kendall was live on Instagram and Facebook at 8 am PST every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning.  Don’t worry if you missed out on seeing it – you can watched the videos on Kendall’s Facebook page.

There was a lot covered in in #KoffeeTimeWithKendall in the last few weeks.  First, there is always music.  Lots of cool artists to check out if you aren’t familiar with them, and some of his personal favorites.  If you’re curious to hear more and don’t have time to go back and watch all of the videos (although you really should), you can check out The Drive playlist on Spotify.

There are also lots of things in the works right now.  He is setting up an Etsy store to sell his photography.  The vinyl is in the process of being made for the Slow Motion EP, and the next album may also be available on vinyl. There is new merch in the works and he will be doing Twitter polls on shirt designs, so be on the lookout for that! He and Dustin have been back in the studio working on new music. There is so much to look forward to in the future!

There are two very important things that you need to know:

  • If you have questions that you would like Kendall to answer during #KoffeeTimeWithKendall, you can now email them ahead of time. The email account he set up is really easy to remember – KoffeeTimeWithKendall@gmail.com. Couldn’t be simpler.  It’s really hard for him to keep up watching two screens full of comments and questions, plus there is a lag between when they are asked and when he sees them at his end.  Get those questions in!  Even if you can’t watch live, you can always watch the videos on Facebook and see if your question was answered.
  • There is going to be a two week hiatus for #KoffeeTimeWithKendall starting the week of March 27th. Kendall has some plans in the works.  He’s hoping to get some guests organized and new segments planned.  Who knows what else he may come up with?  One thing that is certain, the time will be staying in the morning.

Lastly, for those of you that are Big Time Rush fans?  You definitely want to go back and watch the video from March 24th.  Not only is he answering questions that have been submitted to the email account, but he also plays an unreleased Big Time Rush song! You don’t want to miss that.

Keep watching Twitter and Instagram to keep up with Kendall during the KoffeeTime hiatus, and be sure to check back in April when it starts again. I know I’m excited to see what new things he comes up with for all of us.

Habpee Company Update

Hapbee Company is heading to a video playing device near you! Kevin, Kendall, and the PenaVega’s have been leaking content on social media sharing the process of filming commercials for the Hapbee Face Kit, which will be available on Amazon soon. These ads are going to be epic! Zombies, a Top Gun cross over, nightmarish mimes, drones, and who knows what other kind of shenanigans. You can catch up on all the behind the scenes fun in Carlos’ vlog, “Big Time Zombies

Thanks to: Bryce, Domenique, Jayla, Kendall, Melly, Rachael, Tammy, Tatiana, and Olga.