Written by Jaxin "Rockid" VanderKallen
Jaxin is the coolest 7-year-old music fan you'll ever meet. His love for music started at a Tegan and Sara show in 2010 and has only grown with the 100+ concerts he's been to. For each band he meets, he passes on a homemade Thoughts With Dots Braille bracelet in honor of his brother, Kingston, who lives with C.H.A.R.G.E. Syndrome. His story is a great one. Read more about it on the Thoughts With Dots blog.
[Ed Note: Check out our Q&A with Karmin here.]
Before I go to shows, I like to google or YouTube the bands on my iPad. I read about the band Karmin a little bit. And did you know Amy is from Nebraska? As a kid, Amy wasn't allowed to listen to music with swear words. Her 6th grade boyfriend snuck her a Dr Dre rap tape and she practiced rapping in the shower.
Amy and Nick met in music school and then started to do cover songs on YouTube. You should watch their video of "Look at Me Now." It had over 75 million views—I watched it over and over. Karmin was on Ellen Degeneres, Chelsea Lately, and my favorite show Saturday Night Live.
From the second they started, all I wanted to do was dance. I couldn't hold still. And at this show, people were throwing glow sticks—not cans or themselves. Some of my favorite things about the show were that Nick had bright blue pants on and he had so much energy. It was like blue pants flying across the stage through the entire show. He sang, danced, played the keyboard, the drums, and the best, a trombone. Amy was cool. She danced really funny, but it made me want to dance, too. She rapped faster than I ever heard anybody rap in my entire life.
Amy had a microphone that changed the sound of her voice, so during one of the songs she was rapping and it sounded like a boys voice coming from a blonde girl. It was awesome.
They played some songs that I didn't know were by them—like "Brokenhearted"—so that was a good surprise. One of my favorites was "Try Me On," which is in a Dasani commercial. I wanted to scream at the top of my lungs "I love Dasani Drops!" but my mom shook her head "No".
It was Karmin's first time in Des Moines. I hope they come back so you can see them and dance all night like I did. I danced so hard I fell asleep on the way home. I will say this, if you can't go to their show, then buy their cd. You will hear all types of music. Pop, hip hop, rap, and slow songs.
It was a good night—I got high fives from Amy and Nick. I got a guitar pick and a drum stick and during a song I handed Amy my card and she put it in her back pocket.
I hope she tweets me.
See more photos of Karmin and opening act, Bonnie McKee, on our photos page.