EDM Acts Breathe Carolina and Duelle to Premiere New Song at Liquid

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When indie/emo/electronic act Breathe Carolina (David Schmitt, Tommy Cooperman, Eric Armenta, Luis Bonet) came through Northeast Ohio a couple of years back on the Warped Tour, the band was one of the only acts on the bill to draw a big crowd to the Blossom pavilion. The band’s emo sound was altered by the electronic beats it added to the equation, and its high-energy set was one of the concert’s highlights. The group comes back to town on Saturday, April 18, to play a special small hall show at Liquid with Duelle (Danielle and Gabrielle Verderese), an up-and-coming electronic dance music duo out of Miami. Both acts phoned in from the road to talk about the show and their new collaboration, “Release Me,” which they’ll perform live together for the first time at the show.

Your music draws from different genres. Describe your style of music.
Danielle Verderese: We make a lot of different music and we play different genres, from trap to electro house and deep house. Our original tracks do the same so it works out with our set.
Gabrielle Verderese: We switch it up and go super hard and then chill it out and play some house and some deep house. We get back to the hard stuff. I feel like our fans get us because it’s our personalities. We take a break and then get back to the hard stuff. Our fans just get it and the music matches our personalities. We’re sweet, but we can also be fiery.
Cooperman: We originally started drawing from rock and pop. It was always electronic, and we moved toward progressive house. We have some future house stuff coming out. We play progressive house, trap and progressive house. Anything we write a vocal melody over has a unique sound to it because we write in a certain type of style.

What’s the music scene like in the respective cities you call home?
Danielle Verderese:
It’s crazy. It’s grown a lot. We grew up in Jacksonville, but we live in Miami. It’s two worlds. There’s a huge EDM scene and there’s a huge hip-hop scene. We’ve taken influence from both worlds. That’s how our style has molded over the years. We caught up in both worlds and incorporated that into our music, which is why we not only sing but we rap too. That’s what’s cool about Miami.
Tommy: Most of the guys are from Denver, but I’m from L.A. We all live in L.A. now. It’s pretty crazy. Everyone comes here for music or acting. It brings a huge eclectic mix to town. There’s no country scene here. It pisses me off.

What’s the strangest venue where you’ve played?
We played the Rave in Milwaukee which is haunted and has an abandoned pool that’s terrifying. Our drummer was told not to move a chair, and he kicked it because he didn’t give a fuck about the chair and all the power went out. It was pretty fuckin’ weird.
Danielle Verderese: Milwaukee is weird. The people are off. We played a place called Dick. Right there, that tells you. There was a piazza place on the bottom floor. The middle floor was a fancy bar. The top floor was a rave.

Talk about the stage show. Are your shows pretty theatrical?
Danielle Verderese:
We’re getting there. We’re dancers. The bigger our live shows keeps getting, the more we’ll incorporate crazy costumes. We don’t want to freak people out too much. We do start off wearing ski masks because we’re Italian mobsters in our intro when we rob a house in the hills in L.A. We steal their diamonds.
Gabrielle Verderese: We get to wear capes and it’s pretty cool.
Cooperman: We play all of our shows naked. I’m not kidding. We have two live shows. We have the big production live show where we bring in our lights and have a drummer and live vocals and all that kind of stuff. We have the EDM show, which is DJs. Dave [Schmitt] sings on a bunch of songs at all the shows. It’s a big party on stage. We don’t sit around and press play. We played a festival over the summer, and we brought seven foot beachballs and rafts and waterguns and had “guest appearances.”

You recorded a song together. What was the experience like?
We randomly reach out to them on Twitter. They had the a cappella and we had the tracks and we threw it together and it sounded good. There wasn’t a big Cinderella story to it. I think they’re a lot of fun. They’re very nice. They’re wholesome. They pretend to be Italian. They get our jokes.
Danielle Verderese: We have a love/hate relationship. A lot of people are on their high horse for no reason. They’re really down-to-earth guys. They have a huge fan base, and they’re super humble.

What’s your best memory of Cleveland?
Cleveland was on the very places on our very first tour. Our first album came out and we did our first in-store signing. It was snowy and cold and it was at a Hot Topic. It was one of the first or second tours we ever did, and it was a long time ago.
Gabrielle Verderese: For us, it was a blizzard the day we played in Cleveland. We were born in New York, but we're not used to the snow. We looked out the window and just wanted to stay in bed. Everything was closed down. It ended up being a decent show. We’re looking forward to coming back now when the weather is better.

Breathe Carolina and Duelle, 9 p.m. Saturday, April 18, Liquid, 1212 West 6th St., 216-479-7717. Tickets: Free, liquidcleveland.com.
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Jeff Niesel

Jeff has been covering the Cleveland music scene for more than 20 years now. And on a regular basis, he tries to talk to whatever big acts are coming through town, too. If you're in a band that he needs to hear, email him at [email protected].
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