Heart To Heart
from Pismo Beach, CA
Forming a band is a lot like finding your soul mate - you test the waters with a bunch that don't fit and through trial and error you finally find the one...or ones...that stand for everything you stand for. Nick Zoppo (vocals), Johnathan Hayes (guitar/vocals), Justin Bratcher (bass), Blaze Blanke (drums) and Taylor Stillwell (guitar/vocals) started Heart to Heart, yes, to play music...but they all strived for one other important idea. This Pismo Beach, CA quintet wanted their music to be as personal as possible - they wanted it to always sound like...a heart to heart.
Through that notion, Heart to Heart took to the road and pretty much never left. They focused all of their attention on playing in front of anyone, anywhere, and trying to turn as many music listeners into friends as possible.
"We want to tour and play as much as we possibly can," says vocalist, Nick Zoppo. "Honestly, it's what we know best."
Years in and Heart to Heart are still consistent road warriors with numerous tours under their musical belt including support for Forever Came Calling on the Road to Mixtape Tour, support for The Story So Far on their headlining tour, and their current tour with Rotting Out and No Bragging Rights- just to name a few.
Heart to Heart's strong "keep touring" mentality is paying off greatly. In 2013, the band signed with Pure Noise Records, have significantly grown their fan base, and gained heavy media acknowledgment including being named one of Alternative Press' "100 Bands You Need To Know" for 2014.
Heart to Heart's latest release is their self titled record, which was produced, engineered and mixed in Los Angeles by Kyle Black (Paramore, All Time Low, Stick to Your Guns, Comeback Kid). The music for the album was written first, with lyrics being developed throughout the recording process based on serious life experiences and the painful side effects that come along with them. The band doesn't take writing lightly stating that making their music is their therapy; it's their medicine.
While keeping busy out on the road, Heart to Heart is getting ready to record their next full length which will be more diverse and heavier than their previous music, but still show their pop punk roots. The album will again be produced by Kyle Black, and unlike their previous album, the whole band will be present during tracking to help ensure this record is as tenacious as it can be.
And while yes, recording new music is extremely important to Heart to Heart, they stick to the idea that they love nothing more than playing live for people, and it's what they plan on doing for as long as they're able.
Take it from Nick (and anyone else who's ever seen the band play live) - "You won't see anything like a Heart to Heart show."
Heart to Heart's self titled album is available online now. Catch them on tour this winter/spring with Rotting Out and No Bragging Rights.