Turn Up The Volume: #17

Are You There God? It’s Me, Margot

Are You There God? It’s Me Margot is a new web series from the mind Carlie Casey. In addition to being the writer and creator of the project, she also stars as the titular character. We spoke with Carlie to learn more about the show.

TUTV: From the description on Instagram, the series is about a young adult and the ups and downs of the various relationships in her life. What more can you tell us about the show? Is it a drama or comedy or a bit of both?

Carlie:  I wrote the show hoping to capture the essence and dynamics of real friendships, as well as the layers and complexities of women that you rarely see portrayed on film and TV. I find women to be infinitely more interesting than a lot of the characters that are written for them to play, so it was important to me to make the characters as real, funny, and interesting as possible. I like to reference it as a comedy with a lot of heart.

TUTV: Where did the idea for the show come from?

Carlie: I’ve been working professionally in the industry since I was a child, and I’ve been extremely fortunate to work on some incredible shows, and play some really amazing characters, but the older I’ve gotten the more I’ve really seen a lack of real and interesting roles for women, as I stated above. A lot of my closest friends are in the industry as well, and have continuously voiced similar frustrations and I really wanted to create a show and an environment for all of us to do what we love, while also having the freedom to make these characters our own. I’ve also seen a lot of great shows out right now where the lead characters are kind of the anti-hero, and although they are fun to watch, you don’t particularly like the character. I wanted to make sure all the characters in Are You There God? It’s Me Margot were flawed, but also really relatable and likable.

TUTV: A lot of Kendall Schmidt fans will recognize you from Big Time Rush and the Memories and Melodies music video. You and Kendall go way back. Can you tell me a little about y’alls relationship and how he got involved with the project? What was it like working together again?

Carlie: I’ve known Kendall since we were literal children! My family met his when we were enrolling in school in California, after his family and mine had just come out here to pursue acting. We hit it off, and ended up living in the same apartment complex as his family for many years, and we just became family. When I was writing the role of Ryan, I kept picturing Kendall because I knew he could bring the character to life exactly how I envisioned, and he did that and more. I absolutely love working with Kendall. He’s so talented, and hilarious, and is always bringing something special to each moment.

TUTV: What’s next for you?

Carlie: I am currently auditioning, and now writing season 2 of Are You There God? It’s Me Margot. I’ve been so overwhelmed with gratitude by the reaction our show has received so far. It’s been so exciting to see the support for this series, and I’m extremely excited for what the future holds. 

We have watched the show and really enjoyed it. It’s unique, relatable, and fun. We think you’ll love it! You can watch the whole series here. And be sure to follow their official instagram for updates. You can also check out Carlie and Kendall’s sweet and hilarious friendship on Koffee With Kendall Episode 9.


Tour!

The One Way Ticket Tour starts Saturday! Check out the dates below and get your tickets at HeffronDrive.com

11/4 – São Paolo, BR – Carioca Club
11/5 – Buenos Aires, AR – Niceto Club
11/8 – Mexico City, MX – Telehit Festival
11/10 – Monterrey, MX – Cafe Iguana
11/11 – Mexico City, MX – Plaza Condesa
11/12 – Guadalajara, MX – C3 Stage


The Freedom to Collaborate

It is known that Kendall Schmidt is a man of many talents. In Heffron Drive, he and Dustin Belt write, record, and produce their own music. Kendall will often use these skills to collaborate with other artists as well.

Eric Dash is a name that should be familiar to many HD fans. During Heffron Drive’s first American tour in 2013, Eric was the supporting act. The guys have remained friends since that time and have teamed up once again for Eric’s latest single, “Freedom”.

On working with Kendall as vocal producer, Eric told TUTV: “Kendall has a great ear that I trust so I thought it’d be a good idea if he produced my vocal from a performance standpoint – he pushed me for my best self and I think the record shows that.”

Review

The intro is just a few simple cords that get you interested in the message he’s delivering. Eric’s voice isn’t over powered with heavy instruments or complicated loops and beats. It’s a refreshing change of pace that makes you stop, listen, and think. The more you give into it, the more hooked on the song you become. You can tell he’s put thought into every line he’s written and sings.  Structurally strung together, it all fits into a laid-back story with a catchy melody and a soft heartfelt message of hope, love, and belief in never giving up.

You can pick up “Freedom” on iTunes here or stream the song here on Spotify.

Watch the video here!


3 Years of Happy Mistakes

“Three minute of music. Years of memories”- unknown

We weren’t sure what to expect. We`d already been teased with the single “Parallel,” but back on September 9th, 2014, Heffron Drive delivered their debut album Happy Mistakes. What followed the release of the 12 track album (15 if you got the deluxe CD) was Kendall and Dustin embarking on their second US tour, media/PR opportunities, and meeting new friends, some which they still work with today. It was very clear that Heffron Drive was going places.

Each lyric might mean something different to someone and each song might tell a different story, but one thing remains the same: it has brought fans together from all around the world and has made a lot of fun memories for everyone along the way.

So, thank you Kendall and Dustin for letting us fans join in on your crazy ride. I think it`s safe to say you`ve changed all our lives in some way and with new music on the way, we’re just getting started. As Dustin said, “This is only the beginning friends.”


Three Men and a Truck

In a truck inherited from his grandfather, Dustin Belt took a cross-county adventure with Kendall Schmidt and their longtime friend and director Wesley Quinn.

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via instagram stories

Over the course of four days, the boys drove 22,000 miles, filming along the way for the next Heffron Drive music video. They shared parts of the trip on their Instagram accounts, blasting out Heffron Drive music, capturing the amazing scenery of places such as Utah, Zion National Park, and Colorado, as well as a little carpool karaoke to Prince.

On the Koffee With Kendall episode on October 16th, Kendall described the music video. “It’s not a typical music video. It’s very conceptual, really interesting and different. And Dustin has a great part in it. He looks great and unbelievable. […] Something that will make fans very happy.” On twitter, Kendall added that “[…] We are pushing the boundaries of a music video,” also replying to a fan that “[Dustin] should get an Oscar for his performance.”

More news was dropped on the October 23rd episode of Koffee With Kendall, where the name of the next single was announced: “Mad At The World”. There’s no official release date as of yet, but Kendall has been getting fans hyped up by encouraging them to tweet with the hashtag #MadAtTheWorld, airing their frustrations.

Be sure to subscribe to Heffron Drive’s youtube channel so you don’t miss the new video for “Mad At The World!”


We Are One For Mexico

Multiple earthquakes struck Mexico during September, one being the most powerful to hit the area in a century. It was a horrific tragedy that will cost millions of dollars to repair. To help with the relief, the charity We Are One For Mexico was started.

On October 1st, We Are One For Mexico held a benefit concert in Ontario, California to help raise money for the charity.

 

Kendall Schmidt was among the many performers that day. He played three covers. “Star Man” by David Bowie, “Imagine” by John Lennon, and “Turn Your Lights Down Low” by Bob Marley.

During his set, Kendall explained that he was involved with the charity because Mexico felt like a second home because the fans and people of Mexico were so nice and welcoming.

We Are One For Mexico is still collecting donations to help the people of Mexico. If you would like to contribute to the charity, you can donate here.


 

Koffee With Kendall

With a few breaks due to travel or events, Kendall continued his live talk show Koffee With Kendall on Mondays at 9 am PST.

Episode 8 – With special guest YOU!!

Episode 9 – Guest Carlie Casey

Special Episode – #NationalCoffeeDay

Episode 10 (1) (2) – Guesst Thomas Augusto

Episode 11 – Guest Jordin Sparks

Episode 12 – Guest Jay De La Cueva


With Halloween only a few days away, we asked Kendall and Dustin some spooky themed questions!

What was your favorite childhood costume?

Dustin: Doc from Back To The Future
Kendall: One year I was an evil doctor, and another year I was a “frozen” zombie. It had ice and I was all blue..super cool! Get it? 😉

What’s your favorite Halloween candy?

Dustin: Caramel Apple Pops
Kendall: This is a hard question, but I always loved sour and sweet candy. I didn’t [like] getting tons of chocolate. And personally, I can’t stand candy corn.

Since Kendall brought it up, what do you think of candy corn, Dustin?

Dustin: No bueno

What’s your favorite scary movie?

Dustin: The Shining
Kendall: I love “28 Days Later”! It’s a classic in my book!

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!


Thanks to: Bianca, Carlie, Carlos, Dustin, Eric, Kendall, Laura, Melly, Paloma, and Rachael

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