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Breathe Carolina Re-Releases 'Hell is What You Make It'

Breathe Carolina Re-releases 'Hell is What You Make It'i
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Larry London
November 09, 2012 9:16 PM
The duo Kyle Even and David Schmitt created the alternative rock band Breathe Carolina in 2007 and are on the Vans Warped Tour which is heading to London November 10 for the first time. VOA’s Larry London caught up with the duo during the music festival’s stop in Columbia, Maryland, outside Washington.
Larry London
The duo Kyle Even and David Schmitt created the alternative rock band Breathe Carolina in 2007 and are on the Vans Warped Tour, one of America's premier alternative rock festivals, which is now in London.

In 2009, Breathe Carolina performed for the first time on the Vans Warped Tour, one of America's premier alternative rock festivals. As a sign of its success, the group has become headliners on the main stage.

"This is our third year," Schmitt said. We have been working hard and lucky to be here.”

“Dave and I have been playing music since we were young," partner Kyle Even added.  "It is cool to be here and to be able to do it and hang.  It is nice to be able to thank everybody for supporting us.”

The songwriting process is a collective effort for Breathe Carolina.

“We sit down in a room and throw back ideas back and forth until we get hooked on one idea and we keep going, Schmitt explained.

In 2011, Breathe Carolina produced a Top 20 hit in the U.S., which topped the UK Indie chart, called “Blackout.”  This year they followed that up with “Hit and Run.”

“We wanted to make a fun song that people could dance to but also think about and go ‘wow this is crazy’ and go ‘yeah,'” said Schmitt.

This year,  Breathe Carolina re-released the 2010 album “Hell Is What You Make It” and called it “Reloaded.”   

“We have these songs that we are recording in January and February so we have these other tracks that are waiting," Even said. "We listened to them hundreds of times, so we want other people to hear it and hope they enjoy it as much as we do.”
 
Breathe Carolina is an interesting name for a band. Dave Schmitt literally dreamed it up nine years ago.

“It is always hard for me to explain it," he said. "This woman was living my life and I could see it from the outside perspective, and I woke up and it stayed in the back of my head for five years until we started this [band]. It felt so right.  I was like, ‘let’s use something with this name I was thinking of’ and we just went with it.”

After London, the band plans to be back in the studio at the end of the year to start work on their next project.

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