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.”

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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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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

Turn Up The Volume: #16

One Way Ticket

After the release of the amazing Slow Moion EP earlier this year, Heffron Drive fans have been patiently waiting for more new music. Prayers were answered on August 4th with the new single and music video “One Way Ticket.”

Once again, Kendall and Dustin has switched up their sound, going with a nostalgic vibe of Fleetwood Mac and Third Eye Blind. Kendall even pulled out some moves from Taking Back Sunday’s front man Adam Lazzara in the music video.

The “One Way Ticket” music video was shot, directed, and edited by Wesley Quinn, who is no stranger to the HD family. He has worked on many of their previous music videos in many different capacities and he told TUTV exclusively that “we are now working on several others coming up.”

We asked Wes how the concept of this video came about. He said, “The concept was initially more complex, […] we decided to make the white background theme the whole video and put a lot of work into the edit.” A lot of the video was improvised. “Our initial planned changed so we ran with it and it turned out awesome.”

This is definitely not the last we will hear from Heffron Drive this year. Kendall told Digital Journal “Dustin and I are working on new music. We are trying to put out a full-length album before the end of October, but if we can’t, we will put out an EP at the very least, and we will release at least a couple of more singles.”

Pick up the single here and don’t miss the rad music video.

Check out this playlist of songs that inspire Kendall and Dustin.


 Latin America

On April 20th 2017 Kendall joined Sofia Reyes on stage for her song “Conmigo – Rest Of Your Life” and they also did a cover of the Taylor Swift and Zayn Malik song “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever” in Buenos Aires, Argentina at the Teatro Grand Arena as part of her Louder tour.

“It gives me great happiness to be able to sing again with Kendall in Argentina.” Sofia said in an interview with TKM promoting the show.

While Kendall was there, he also took time to meet with fans which he said “was unbelievable that had been waiting at the hotel for him and felt honored” and some interviews including  Coke for you Argentina and Billboard Argentina.  He told Cameila Hadad that the South American fans are “very passionate. Everyone’s so excited always having a good time.”

Kendall will be heading to Argentina again later this year with Dustin as part of a Latin American tour.

Check out the tour dates below:

Sao Paulo, Brazil – Nov 4
Buenos Aires, Argentina – Nov 5
Monterrey, Mexico – Nov 10
Mexico City, Mexico – Nov 11
Guadalajara, Mexico – Nov 12

Visit www.heffrondrive.com for tickets


Koffee With Kendall

 

After a hiatus, Koffe Time With Kendall has returned with a new format and a new name. Now called Koffee With Kendall, Kendall broadcasts live on Mondays at 9 AM PST from his home. Each episode usually features a special guest, an interesting news article, and a special segment for feeding Yuma.

Catch up on the episodes you may have missed below.

Episode 1

Episode 2 – Guest Dustin Belt

Episode 3 – Guest Tanner Braungardt

Episode 4 – Guest Mario Bautista

Episode 5 – Special Acoustic Performance of “One Way Ticket”

Episode 6 – Guests Jake Miller and Science Youtuber Nick Uhas

Episode 7 – Guest Sofia Reyes


New Merch

New hoodies and tshirts available for “One Way Ticket”

Pre-Order here.


Are You There God? It’s Me, Margot

A new web series hit the net this weekend called “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margot.” which features Kendall Schmidt as the lead character’s boyfriend. The full series is available to watch now! Next month we will have an interview with the creator and star of this series, Carlie Casey. Be sure you subscribe so you don’t miss it!


Coming Up!

Love this photo shoot as much as we do? Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss our next issue! We will have an interview with photographer Gabriel Olson.


Thanks to: Melly, Racheal, Wesley

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.

https://www.facebook.com/komoxmusic
http://www.pledgemusic.com/artists/komox
https://twitter.com/BryceSoderberg


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.

Turn Up the Volume: #14

The Slow Motion EP

You hear the sound of a very simple classical piece of music coming through an old-style record player, and then Kendall Schmidt’s echoing voice repeating one line over and over: “SLOW MOTION.” This is how Heffron Drive chose to start the title track to their brand-new EP, which came out Friday, February 10, 2017.

The tracks themselves are edgier musically than some of their previous releases, but they still keep the same message of love, hope and positive thoughts in the lyrics.

Kendall said in an interview with Life 78 in Russia, “I think this new EP is like the closest we’ve gotten to our original sound. [With the first album] we were kinda discovering what we wanted the music to be like […] so I don’t think the cohesiveness was there. But with this new EP […] we’ve had those singles […] to build and find what we wanted to do. This new EP is as cohesive as it gets, I think, for the band.”

The tracks definitely have sharper layers to them this time around with AJ Novak on live drums. You can tell that all the aspects of the music production have been taken into consideration. The guys are growing and learning what it takes to not only be better musicians, but producers and technicians as well.

Dustin’s impressive talent on the guitar with his solos are definitely going to be something to get excited about seeing live, and asking Bryce Soderberg of Lifehouse (who they worked with at Christmas for “Soft Rocking Your Stockings Off”) to do the memorable bass line for “Fingers Crossed” is a perfect collaboration.

This EP marks the first time the duo has released anything under the genre of Alternative on iTunes, and it proved to be a successful move, breaking in at number 10 on the charts.

If this is a taste of what we can expect for the new album coming later this year, it’s certainly going to be a good year for Heffron Drive and will encourage a lot of new of fans.

The Slow Motion EP is currently available for purchase at all major digital retailers, and it will be released on vinyl and cassette in the near future.


Sofia Reyes

Sofia Reyes is a Mexican singer-songwriter who is known for her upbeat music that mixes Spanish and English lyrics. She was discovered on YouTube and her first single was released in 2013. In 2015, she released a song called “Conmigo (Rest of Your Life)” with a music video featuring Kendall Schmidt as her love interest.

Combining their success, Kendall and Sofia performed a special duet of “Conmigo” at the Mexican Kid Choice Awards. They later shared some tour dates in Mexico where they performed this rendition as well. Sofia also joined Kendall to perform “Night Like This” filling in for Hilary Duff.

Sofia’s first full length album “Louder” was released on February 3rd, 2017. Kendall, along with bandmate Dustin Belt, attended the album release party in Los Angles to help their friend celebrate!


European Tour

Russia

It is easy to see that Heffron Drive doesn’t sit around without doing anything for long. Less than a month after touring in Mexico, Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt with A.J. Novak and Chris Vieyra kicked off their European tour.

On February 8th Heffron Drive landed in Moscow, Russia. Having very limited time to spend on seeing the sights of the city, they immediately went to the Red Square.

“It was too cold to smile. But hey Russia, we made it!” Dustin commented this photo in his Instagram. However, they left for their hotel right after that as it was late evening in Moscow and Heffron Drive had to perform next night.

On February 9th Heffron Drive performed in Yotaspace Club with their first ever show in Russia.

On that day, among older music, two new songs were played for the first time – Slow Motion and Fingers Crossed. You think it couldn’t get any better? It actually did, when during the show Kendall and Dustin promised to come back to Russia later! It was an unforgettable night for the fans who attended the show.

The next day Heffron Drive had a few hours before their show in St. Petersburg and Life78 used their chance to interview Kendall and Dustin. You can watch their interview here.

After one more epic show that night, Heffron Drive had some time off. February 11th, they spent in St. Petersburg sightseeing and taking photos and videos with their drone.

Catch up on all the details of their adventures in Russia with The DBelt Blog #15.

The Netherlands

The Netherlands was the second country visited by Heffron Drive during their European Tour. Paris maybe known as the “City of Love,” but Kendall and Dustin brought the love to Amsterdam during their concert on Valentine’s Day. After a day a sightseeing and a visit to the Amsterdam Cheese Museum, Heffron Drive rocked out at the Melkweg!

Check out their special cover of “Your Body Is A Wonderland

France

Bienvenue en France, Heffron Drive!

Touring Europe by train, Heffron Drive made two stops in France in February; Paris on the 17th and Lyon on the 19th.

They definitely enjoyed their time there. During Koffee Time with Kendall on March 1st, Kendall described the venue Le Trianon as a “Mini big theatre. Really fun to be in and the show was amazing. Everyone was awesome.” Check out this episode of The DBelt Blog called “Heffron Drive Behind the Music” film in that theater.

But that wasn’t the only “big” reference to be mentioned! They even performed a few Big Time Rush throwback acoustic tracks during sound check, like “Not Alone” which had previously never been performed live. Truly a special moment for French fans!

Switzerland

The band’s trip to Switzerland was short, but sweet. They put on an amazing show at Kulturfabrik Kofmhel in Solothurn.

Italy

The final stop of the European tour was in Italy!

Though Heffron Drive had been to Italy many times over the past couple of years, the fans were just as excited as the first time. Kendall and Dustin love their Italian fans and were more than happy to return to this beautiful country.

To conclude the tour, Kendall had this to say on Instagram. “Such an amazing trip, but so happy to be home. Thank you to everyone who came to rock out with us! Love you all!”


Thanks to: KT, Natasja, Melly, Rachael, Safi, Tammy, Tatiana, and Olga

Turn Up the Volume: #13

Living Room

Friday the 13th might be unlucky for some, but for Heffron Drive fans it was our lucky day when the long-awaited single “Living Room” dropped. Changing their sound once again, this tune has a bit of a country feel with guitar riffs guaranteed to get you off your chair! The lyrics tell a love story we can all relate to. It shares a page of a relationship dwelling on good and bad times, hoping to find a happy medium with that special person.

Schmidt told Digital Journal, “We had the actual studio set up, and I was tired of being in the studio, and I went in my living room, where I had the idea about making a song about a living room, and I tied it in about being in a relationship. As I had progress with it, Dustin came over and we just locked it in and the theme of the song really came to fruition. The song in its original form was made in the living room”

“[We] started talking about all the aspects of relationships that happen in the living room……From watching TV, eating dinner, arguments, conversations, drinking, dancing, everything. We wanted to write a song that encapsulated all of those ideas and painted a visual for a listener. I think we were able to write exactly what we had imagined,” Dustin told Just Jared Jr.

“We hope that the fans really love the new single ‘Living Room’ as much as we love it. We want to thank them for supporting us and for continuing to support us. We have a lot of material coming out, so we hope they are excited as we are,” Belt and Schmidt concluded.

And we are! There’s been a great response from fans all over the world. “Living Room” was added to setlists on the tour in Mexico and Europe.

“Living Room” is currently available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play as well as streaming on Tolbooth Records.


Behind-the-scenes of Living Room

The music video for Heffron Drive’s new single “Living Room” was released at 11:00 am on February 13th. The video features a couple moving into a house and experiencing everything from romantic moments to fighting.

Kendall came up with the simple idea of the ups and downs of a relationship and asked family friend Wesley Quinn to direct the video. Wes has directed other music videos for artists, and was the Assistant Director on “Rain Don’t Come.”

We spoke to Wes and asked him about shooting the video. “We shot at a house in Hollywood for 2 days all day every day. Really just to make sure it ‘looked’ like time was passing. We were even lucky and it rained on us. Which obviously is rare for California but it added a nice little touch… I think the energy of the video matches the song perfectly.” Wes also edited the video

The personal home movie style footage was shot with a super-8 camera that was special gift from Dustin to Kendall. Remember when we all wondered what was in that big gift bag on Kendall’s birthday? The camera itself even makes an appearance.

“So blessed and so grateful to be able to work with some of my closest friends. This project we did really turned into something very special and I’m very proud of it.” Wes said on instagram.

Fans are proud of it too. Twelve hours after its release, the video had over 3200 views on youtube, and as of this writing has surpassed 122K.


Heffron Drive in Mexico!

This January Heffron Drive spent a weekend touring Mexico. Contradicting a popular superstition, this time Friday the 13th turned out to be a happy one for the Mexican fans. Kendall Schmidt and Dustin Belt alongside with Chris Vieyra and AJ Novak came on the stage of Teatro Metropólitan in Mexico City.

Take a look at these men performing for their fans!

The next day Heffron Drive performed in Cafe Iguana in Monterrey. The band finished their Mexican tour with a concert in Guadalajara on January 15.

After that, Kendall and Dustin didn’t go home just yet as they had one more event to attend. Two more days Heffron Drive spent on Azul Beach in Cancún meeting fans and… SpongeBob SquarePants with Dora!

The band also performed for fans on the beach. Just imagine how good sounds of ocean, Dustin’s guitar and Kendall’s “Had To Be Mexico” must have complemented each other! Check out this video of their performance.


Half Time Rush Reunion

The crime and dance drama film 48 Hours to Live premiered on January 10th, 2017 staring Big Time Rush’s James Maslow. Former co-stars Stephen Kramer Glickman and Kendall Schmidt attended to show their friend James some love.

Supporting each other is nothing new for these cast mates. Kendall appeared at the premiere of Glickman’s movie Storks and was recently a guest on his pod cast The Night Time Show.

This gave Kendall the opportunity to advertise upcoming Heffron Drive projects with the press…. like new music that he and Dustin have been hinting about not so subtly on social media.


New Music!

The past few months Kendall and Dustin have been teasing fans mercilessly with pics, Snaps, and Instagram stories from inside the TOLBooth Records studio. There were countless promises of more content and new music, and it looks like Heffron Drive are ready to deliver the goods! Shortly after releasing their latest single, their forthcoming EP was announced.

“The Slow Motion EP” will feature four songs, including three brand new tracks.

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  2. Living Room
  3. Fingers Crossed
  4. Heights (It Reminds Me)

The EP will be released on February 10th, 2017. Record collectors, get ready! “The Slow Motion EP” will be available in vinyl as well as digitally.

With a new EP and European tour just days away, Heffron Drive doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. Kendall and Dustin have promised there is much more music to come and a full length album is slated for later this year.


#KoffeeTimeWithKendall

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have coffee with Kendall and just chat?  Well, now you have that chance!  This past week he has been hosting #KoffeeTimeWithKendall on Instagram Live and Facebook Live.

The great part about the Facebook Live is that if, like me, you are at work (or school, or sleeping, depending on where you live) you can go back and watch the recording later to see what you missed.

What have you missed?

  • Watching his coffee-making process: did you know cinnamon can help it taste less bitter?
  • Seeing him cook breakfast
  • Describing what goes into the process of writing a song, using the metaphor of baking a loaf of bread.
  • Tips and advice on products he thinks are healthy
  • Story telling
  • A surprise appearance by Yuma pig
  • His opinion on Logan Henderson’s new music

He also tries to answer any questions you might have, so come prepared with something you would like to ask!  Dustin was his first special guest and he plans to have more in the future. He mentioned possibly getting Dustin to be his Musical Director since he has a shitty record player. (His words, not mine!)

Check it out if you have a chance!  If you can’t make it live, you can always go back and watch the videos later on Kendall’s facebook.  It’s really nice of Kendall to take the time share a little bit more of his life with all of us.


Promote Heffron Drive!

With all the new music coming out this year, we wanted to share some promotional tips with you guys. These tips come from chatting with industry insiders, those familiar with street-teaming, and our own personal experience.

First and foremost, please be respectful of the band’s hard work. Do not upload the songs to YouTube or other music-sharing websites. This includes unofficial lyric videos. (You should obtain permission to do so from TOLBooth.) It is important that you purchase or legally stream their music only. Most radio play is based on record sales and streaming numbers. We want to do all we can to get Heffron Drive on the radio!

How else do songs get on the radio? By requests! Be sure you are requesting to hear Heffron Drive on your local stations as well as satellite stations. Do your research so that you know the audience/market. Requesting Heffron Drive on a Hard Rock station would be a waste of your time. Look for stations that play pop or indie music. Depending on the song, rock or alternative might be appropriate.

There are many ways to request: Twitter, Facebook, phone calls, etc. Find out which method your stations prefer and try your best to request at least once a week! Request every day if you want, but be respectful! Do not spam or harass radio stations that haven’t played the song yet or who have said no.

Nothing beats word of mouth promotion! Talk and post about Heffron Drive whenever you can. Wear your merch out to an event and strike up a conversation with someone. Post on your Twitter how much you loved a song. The possibilities are endless.

When doing physical promotion, keep in mind that some places have a “no solicitation” policy. It is best to ask permission before doing any promotion on private property, especially if you want to hang up posters or pass out flyers. Utilize public bulletin boards. You can usually find them in public libraries, coffee shops, laundromats, college campuses, and even some restaurants. Promoting is more fun with friends, so bring a buddy with you! There is safety in numbers, and you can also cover more ground that way.

When posting on social media, it is important to use hashtags! Not only the band’s hashtags, but other tags that people looking for new music might search. Try adding #music, #newmusic, #tour, #band, or #concert. Also, don’t forget the number one rule for social media: DO NOT SPAM. Spam can easily get you blocked by radio stations and other social media users. You don’t want your actions to reflect negatively on the band.

One way to promote that is often overlooked is reviews. After you purchase a song or album, go leave a review. It only takes a few minutes, and your opinion can help sway someone who is on the fence about the music! Reviews do not have to be super long or in-depth, but try to be specific about what you like! Think about what would make you want to hear a song. A review that says “Really loving that guitar riff in the chorus” is much more effective than “OMG I love this song.”

The most important thing to remember is that every little bit helps. You don’t have to have a fan club or web site to be successful. Just do what you can and have a good time.


Thanks to: Ashley, Gina, Kellie, Marilyn, Melly, Rachael, Tammy, Tatiana, Olga, and Wes

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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.

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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?

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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


K35MM

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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Thanks to Bryce, Lindsay, and Melly

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Twenty-six

Happy birthday to Kendall Schmidt who turned 26 on November 2nd! We love you and look forward to what this next year has in store for you and your fans!

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This Is All Now

If you caught Heffron Drive on tour this summer, you should be familiar with the band This Is All Now. If not, let me introduce you to singer Okan Kazdal, guitarist Louie Malpeli, drummer Mike Pittelli, and bassist Caleb Buttner. Together, these guys make great music and put on one hell of a show that you don’t want to miss.

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I spoke with Louie about touring with HD. “Touring with Heffron Drive was surreal. We have great respect for those guys as musicians and touring with them was a pleasure. The camaraderie was incredible.”

TIAN had previously opened for Heffron Drive at a couple of shows, and the boys kept in touch. When it came time to set up the summer tour, Dustin reached out to have them join and they couldn’t say no!

Since the end of tour, This Is All Now has been working on new music for their fans. Their latest single is called “Rescue Me”. The music video was released exclusively on Alternative Press on November 18th and was the #2 trending story of the day! The song is now available for purchase on iTunes and other digital retailers.

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I’ve Still Got My Eyes On You

When Heffron Drive fans met near Bryant Park in NYC on September 11th 2015 for a “secret concert” to celebrate the anniversary of Happy Mistakes, they were definitely in for a treat, but what they didn’t expect was a trick!

After waiting in line for several hours, the bus was late, and on the way to the venue fans were told that the concert was canceled. Little did they know that this was all part of the plan!

Heffron Drive surprised fans by performing live on the bus and revealing that they were now a part of a new hidden camera show called Hidden Heroes. In addition to being featured on an episode, Heffron Drive wrote and recorded the theme song, titled “Eyes on You.”

Eyes On You” was released on November 12th, 2015 and the Heffron Drive episode aired the following weekend. A behind the scenes music video was released soon after.


Back to School!

Nickelodeon has remastered the hit motion picture and Broadway show School of Rock into a television series. The story follows a washed up rocker posing as a substitute teacher who starts a secret rock band with the students in attempt to win Battle of the Bands.

What’s a good story without an antagonist? Enter rival band Night Lizard and their leader Justin, played by none other than Big Time Rush’s bad boy and our snarky Kendall Schmidt.

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After failing to recruit Zack to join his band and ultimately losing the Battle of the Bands, Justin is out for revenge! And he’s willing to do just about anything to accomplish this. In his third appearance on the show, Justin opens a food truck in the parking lot of the school in direct competition of Zack’s truck. Hilarity ensues. In the end the villain is defeated, of course, but we don’t think this is the last we will see of Justin.

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Drivers have been waiting for Kendall’s return to the show after he snapped a mysterious picture from the set a few months ago. Filming took place during the release of Don’t Let Me Go, and many of the cast posted pics with Kendall to help promote the song. It was great to see so much support.


New Merch!

The weather is starting to get a bit colder, and the new merchandise is here just in time! Check out all of the options below.

The Heffron Drive 2016 Tour Hoodies are only available for a limited time!  According to this tweet from Kendall, they were supposed to leave the store on November 20th! They are still on the site, so get them while you can!

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There are also new limited edition beanies to keep you looking stylish this winter.

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Kendall also announced that a new design Winter 2016 Hoodies are now on sale as well!

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Kendall also revealed on Instagram and Twitter that there would be HD Trading Cards available at the next shows and maybe even online as well! He also plans to sell signed and numbered prints of his #K35mm photos.

So many new options!  What are you most looking forward to getting? Not to play favorites, but I totally pre-ordered my Winter hoodie already!

GIVE AWAY! To thank our readers and to spread some holiday cheer, we are giving away 2 of the new Heffron Drive beanies! All you need to do is fill out this form to be entered! Contest is available worldwide! Winners will be contacted by email on December 11th.


Heffron Drive Conquers the World

Since the band relaunched in 2013, Heffron Drive has performed all over the globe: Germany, Mexico, Uruguay, Italy, and The Philippines just to name a few. In early 2017, several new countries will be added to that list!

It was previously reported that HD would return to France in November, but the band will be there sooner than originally anticipated! Along with previously announced dates for Mexico, the band will be making stops in France, Russia, and The Netherlands in Feburary. Check out the full list of dates below!

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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, FR
FEB.18.2017 | ROUBAIX, FR
FEB.19.2017 | LYON, FR
FEB.20.2017 | TOURS, FR

Get your tickets at heffrondrive.com/tour


Be Hapbee

Kendall Schmidt has teamed up with his broth Kevin, along with Carlos and Alexa PenaVega and Ashley Benson to start the Hapbee company. Hapbee is a natural and organic lifestyle brand. Their first product is the Hapbee Facekit

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The Hapbee Face Kit is a bi-monthly (60 day supply) three-part natural and organic face care kit with no chemicals, GMOs, fillers, synthetic additives, and zero animal testing. The honey is locally sourced, and rumor has it that Kendall may soon have his own apiary!

The kit includes a zinc bar, a honey-sugar scrub, and a daily healing balm. You can pre-order the kit with a $5 discount on indiegogo until December 11th. First shipments will go out on December 12th and then the product will be available at hapbeecompany.com.


Unclear Magazine

Heffron Drive was the cover story of Unclear Magazine’s November issue. Kendall and Dustin spoke with them about what’s coming up for the band and there are some really great photos as well. Kendall also left his fans a special message.

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You can view the magazine for free online, but you can also order a print copy here.


Thanks to: Jayla, Louie, Melly, Tammy, Tatiana, and This Is All Now