Recently i sat down with the new Electro duo, Heart Break, to chop it up and see how they get lucky.
Heart Break is Angela and Bryanna. Two lovely ladies who are making their way in the music scene with a debut single “Go Down” and an upcoming ep to be released on new imprint, Hot and Messy Records. This is what they had to say.
Rontronik: How did Heart Break form?
Heart Break: Very organically, actually. We were just Hanging out having some drinks, playing beats (that Bryanna had produced), I (Angela) started singing over them for fun. We loved what was happening, and started recording (calling them “The Bathroom Recordings”). Nothing was actually finished, and just grew from there.
Rontronik: How did you meet?
Heart Break: We were friends for about 2 years before we started recording. We met at a mutual friend’s house (for Chromeo’s after-party). In doing so, we realized we had the same musical taste.
Rontronik: What’s behind the name? Where did it come from?
Heart Break: We were really into Heart and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. So it was sort of an homage to them, along with what we talk about in our music. We started with Heartbreakers then moved on to Heartbrake and then Heart Break. Heart Break just stuck. Especially with the idea being all songs are about love, lust, sex, relationships, having your heart-ripped up and putting it back together – everything being overwhelming and extreme but dealing with it.
Rontronik: Tell us about your sound
Heart Break: It’s all about simple rifts, that feeling that R&B/soul music gives you, and 80s hip-hop basic beats (the beats that really make you bob your head!).That’s really it.
Rontronik: What/Who are your influences?
Heart Break: There are so many, but right off the top of our heads we would say Prince, Rick James, Tina Marie, Chromeo, Peaches, Escort, Led Zeppelin, and of course, Heart, and Tom Petty and Heartbreakers.
Rontronik: “Go Down” is the first single?
Heart Break: Yup. “Go Down” + 4 remixes are available, including one by Todd Terry and Cobra Krames (our favorite of the group). You can get the single on iTunes.
Rontronik: There’s an EP coming too, right?
Heart Break: Yeah. We’re real excited and can’t wait until it’s ready. The first single will be “Automatic” coming in September. Look for the video directed by Dawud Gaston around that time too. It’ll be our first release on Hot and Messy Records.
Rontronik: Nice! Who did you work with production-wise?
Heart Break: Streetlab on “Go Down” and David Siskovic aka Sisko for the upcoming ep.
Rontronik: Being you are an “electronic” group, How does that translate in your live performance?
Heart Break: It’s all about stage presence especially since we aren’t playing instruments, so we focus on dance choreography for each song we do live. A lot like what groups like Vanity 6, Expose and Mary Jane Girls would do in their performances.
Rontronik: What’s in the works?
Heart Break: Well we are doing shows now. Stay tuned for upcoming dates. Also we have a new mixtape called “Heart Break Gets Lucky.” That will feature a new track + a new remix of “Go Down.” It will be available for free download at our Soundcloud page
Rontronik: Thank you for taking the time to talk to me and the Blacren audience. Anything you wanna add?
Heart Break: Well, thank you for the opportunity. Yes. We just want to give a few shout-outs to people that have been instrumental in getting us where we are and moving us forward to future successes:
– DJ Omi (Hot and Messy Records)
– Kelly Brown (stylist/Art Director)
– Disco Mike (promoter)
– Lexelle (promoters / they were the first to book us)
– Michael Madrigal (promoter)
– Christopher Smith (Photographer)
– #NEWYORKKILLSARTISTS (exhibiting art group)
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