Pentatonix weighs in on its aca-awesome ‘Pitch Perfect 2’
cameo (there’s a Journey song involved)
May. 13, 2015 11:44am
Among the countless famous
folks making cameos in Pitch Perfect 2 are a few a capella all-stars
from our own neck of the woods. The members of the Arlington-rooted,
Grammy-winning vocal group Pentatonix get a short but sweet placement
near the end of the film during a heated singing competition scene.
If you're not familiar with the Pitch Perfect series, it centers around
the Barden Bellas, an all-female a capella group that, in the sequel,
has already won three national championships. We won't spoil major plot
points, but it's more than fair to share that the Bellas' second-movie
dreams rest on winning the world championships
Pentatonix's members perform briefly as the Bellas' Canadian competition.
Members Scott Hoying, Kirstin Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and
Kevin Olusola take on part of the wonderfully cheesy Journey classic,
"Any Way You Want It" - their contribution can be heard on
the movie's soundtrack, already out.
We got in touch with Grassi, Pentatonix's soulful tenor, by email to
find out more about their star turn, which was filmed in New Orleans,
standing in for Copenhagen, Denmark.
"A lot of people from The Sing-Off also worked on the film, so
we had connections," Grassi said. "Plus, our fans practically
petitioned on social media for us to be a part of it, which was awesome."
The Sing-Off is the hit NBC reality competition whose third season helped
launch Pentatonix into the national limelight. One of the show's vocal
producers and arrangers, Deke Sharon, also worked in a similar capacity
on Pitch Perfect 2.
In a video featurette promoting
the movie, Sharon says having Pentatonix on camera in the movie was
an easy call, dubbing Grassi and company "one of the groups at
the forefront of the modern a cappella movement.
Grassi says that even though
his group has performed in front of the President and won a Grammy,
being on the set of such a high-profile film was "pretty surreal."
"It was crazy to see how much actually goes into creating a major
motion picture, and how tedious it can actually be," Grassi said.
The production was pretty intense; we had a really great time!"