A 5-person vocal band born
in Arlington, Texas that combines various genres such as pop, soul,
R&B, and electronic music. Vocal sensations and winners of season
3 of NBC’s The Sing-Off, Pentatonix are taking instrument-free
music far beyond anyone’s wildest expectations. Named after
the world’s most widely recognized five-note musical scale,
this vocal quintet has transformed one of pop music’s purest
and most soulful expressions into an exciting future, filled with
limitless sonic possibility. Pairing their intricate arrangements
with cleverly re-imagined pop songs, Pentatonix have quickly cultivated
a sound and style that is entirely unique and undeniably infectious.
FoF- First off, thank you all for taking time out of your busy schedule
to chat with us today.
PTX- Of course, thanks for chatting with us!
FoF- What has been the most challenging song you have done to date
and what song have you not done yet that you want?
PTX- Probably our most challenging song was "The Dog Days Are
Over" by Florence and the Machine.. For some reason, it was the
pentultimate week of "The Sing-Off," and we didn't figure
out the arrangement until the very day before taping. It's such a
diverse piece with such interesting instrumentation, we weren't sure
if we could be able to pull it off. We all really love "Thinkin'
Bout You" by Frank Ocean, and would love to make an arrangement
FoF- Tomorrow, November 13th is the release of your first Christmas
album that will be available on your site, Amazon and on iTunes. What
can fans expect on this release and what is each member’s favorite
song from this upcoming release?
PTX- We were really excited to come out with a Christmas album because
we all love Christmas and definitely wanted to put our own spin on
a couple of our favorites! Fortunately, I think we all got to solo
our favorite Christmas songs which was also fun! We hope that people
will just feel happy and warm when listening to our album, because
we put a lot of heart and work into it and wanted it to be a fun album
that will bring everyone the holiday spirit!!
FoF- What is everyone’s level of musical training?
PTX- Mitch, Scott, Avi and Kirstie have taken many years of voice
lessons and have been singing in shows, choir, touring groups etc
for years. Kevin has been playing the cello for 6 years. We all have
varying levels of knowledge in music theory. The trio was involved
in musical theatre and all five of us have been classically trained
at a point.
FoF- Since winning the 3rd Season of NBC’s The Sing-Off, it
seems like PTX has been going nonstop. One of the most impressive
things is the constant interaction with your fans via your Twitter
& YouTube account. What has it been like giving your fans that
kind of access and then meeting them while on tour?
PTX- The fans have been amazing and we love connecting with them.
We would not be able to be doing what we are doing and living out
our dream each day without them. They are constantly supportive and
all SO NICE! We could honestly say we have the best fans ever, and
meeting them while being on tour has been awesome.
FoF- One of our favorite things from your time during Season 3 was
the medley song Forget You/Since You’ve Been Gone when we saw
the focus on Avi & Kevin. We can only imagine traveling together
must be a mini-concert/party; whether it is on a plane, car, bus,
karaoke night or ordering a coffee. We have our thoughts on this but
who is the clown of the group, responsible one and so on…..?
PTX- Thanks! Yes, we are ALWAYS singing. I think we all have our funny
moments but the funniest by far is Mitch! He is just so witty and
quick and he always makes all of us laugh. Occasionally we joke that
Avi and Kevin are the mother and father of our little PTX fam, and
the trio are the kids. It's not just because the trio is the youngest,
it's just that Avi and Kevin definitely have to keep us in line sometimes
because we're off being too silly or something, and they are the more
responsible ones. All in all, it's all really fun and we keep each
other happy but on task.
FoF- Have you kept up with anyone from the Sing-Off?
PTX- Yes! The Sing-Off was awesome because it was like music camp.
Everyone was there for their love of music and everyone was so nice,
so it was very easy to get along with all the groups and make life-time
friends, even though we were all from different places. Occasionally
we will see a couple of them as well, and it's always really fun!
Kirstie met her boyfriend on the show and a lot of other members have
moved or are planning to move out to LA and we will welcome them with
excitement and open arms! We love staying in touch!
FoF- What was it like heading to China for their version of The Sing-Off?
It was fun as a viewer to see the host and Kevin converse back and
forth, even though we had no idea what you were saying.
PTX- Mitch and Kirstie had never been out of the country before so
going to China as their first experience of that was kind of a culture
shock, but an awesome one! Same! Basically, we all clung to Kevin
the entire trip, seeing as how we could not even order food or ask
any type of question without him! It was a really fun experience over
all though. It's so amazing how even though there's a language barrier,
we could connect with the groups on the show through music. We thought
that was so cool. Music transcends and connects everyone.
FoF- What do each of you like to do in your (limited) spare time?
PTX- Scott loves to hang out with friends and do outdoorsy things
like hike or play sand volleyball. He also loves video games and movies,
and social media is his biggest addiction!
Kirstie loves reading and is slowly learning how to domesticate herself,
with aspirations of being on Cupcake Wars, haha. When she's home in
LA, she usually just goes out with her boyfriend watching movies,
checking out new food places in LA, etc. And of course, shopping for
clothes is her love.
Kevin has a huge interest in China. He's fluent in Chinese and lived
there for 1.5 years. He still reads daily. He practices cello a lot
and wants to learn more music production!
Mitch loves exploring & discovering new music. He likes to DJ
in his spare time, as well as read a ton of books!
Avi loves food so cooking and finding awesome places to eat is pretty
high on the list! He also loves to play guitar and write music but
after tour he sits and watches TV for hours on end.
FoF- Last week, tickets for your 2013 Winter Tour went on sale. Having
one tour already under your belt, what are you looking forward to
most with this new tour?
PTX- Now that we have the general gist of touring, every show has
been even more fun! Touring is awesome, so I think we're all just
excited to do it all over again, but this time with everything upgraded
a bit! We'll have some new songs, cool lighting, great sound; we just
want to improve our show and add new things so everything feels fresh
and we can keep fans interested!
FoF- We are curious what is everyone’s favorite song?
PTX- Scott's favorite song is constantly changing but currently is
"Thinkin Bout You" by Frank Ocean.
Kirstie's favorite song that she can't stop listening to changes year
to year or depending on her mood but ultimately she will always be
in love with "Gravity," by Sara Bareilles.
Currently, Mitch's favorite song is "Bad News" by Knife
Avi's favorite song always changes but right now it's "Alesund"
by Sun Kil Moon.
Kevin's favorite song is "Superstition" by Stevie Wonder.
FoF- Recently we saw your take on Gangnam Style and what was nice
was seeing the bloopers. Is that something fans can expect to see
with certain covers?
PTX- Sure! I think Gangnam was just an obvious cover to have bloopers
because it's funny, we had to learn Korean, and we had to dance. And
there's a lot to mess up there haha!! And we all can't be serious
because we laugh, but we got it together eventually. Making that video
was so fun though.
FoF- Having covered so many songs, have you heard from any of the
original artists on your interpretation and if so can you share who
and what they said?
PTX- Yes! Gotye reached out to us and our producer Ben Bram and said
that he really liked our cover! He actually put together a mash-up
of a bunch of covers of "Somebody That I Used to Know" and
he featured us! So to get recognition from him was awesome, we were
FoF- For fans that want to pursue music or a capella or even compete
nationally, what advice would you give?
PTX- Put all your heart and soul into your music and what you're doing.
There's no need to overanalyze or doubt yourself, because you have
to feel confident in yourself in order for people to feel that way
about you. But with that, you have to stay humble and gracious. Every
opportunity you get should be taken with humility and graciousness,
and you should always give it 110%, because it will only bring you
more success or experience. Be meticulous with your work and be a
hard worker. Everything is always a thousand percent better when you
make sure it's perfect so take that extra step and do it. And if you're
pursuing music you should be doing it because it makes you happy and
you wouldn't know what you'd do without it. So keep that feeling and
remember it, because that is your fuel! And break a leg everyone,
the music industry can be difficult, but as an artist it can also
be so rewarding to simply be doing what you love every day.
FoF- Since we know your time is limited, I don’t want to keep
you any longer from your schedule. On behalf of everyone at the FoF,
thank you all again for your time and we would like to make PTX Honorary
FoF members. We hope you have a great Thanksgiving and looking forward
to what’s in store in 2013.
PTX- Yay, thank you!!! You too, thank you again for talking with us!
Be sure to check out Pentatonix below and get you copy of Pentatonix
Volume 1 (available NOW) & PTXmas available November 13th on the
links below as well as iTunes and Amazon.com. Special thanks to Pentatonix
for taking time out of their schedule.
2012 TOUR DATES
3 Live at SoJam Raleigh, NC
7 Mill City Nights Minneapolis, MN
8 The Majestic Theatre Madison, WI
10 The Englert Theatre Iowa City, IA
11 Old Rock House St. Louis, MO
14 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
15 Blind Pig Ann Arbor, MI
18 American Music Awards
27 Revolution Ft. Lauderdale, FL
28 House of Blues Orlando, FL
29 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
1 Cat’s Cradle Carrboro, NC
2 Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA
4 Sound Stage Baltimore, MD
5 The Howard Theatre Washington DC
6 Mohegan Sun-Wolf Den Uncasville, CT
8 Westcott Theatre Syracuse, NY
9 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON
10 Hollywood Christmas Parade Concert – Hallmark Channel
13 Home & Family Show on Hallmark Channel
15 Hard Rock Café Las Vegas, NV
16 Nokia Theater Los Angeles, CA
18 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
19 Showbox Seattle, WA
31 Big D NYE –Victory Park Dallas, TX
NEW 2013 TOUR DATES
24 Henry Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, CA
27 Warfield Theatre San Francisco, CA
28 LJ Williams Theater Visalia, CA
30 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
31 House of Blues San Diego, CA
2 Marquee Theatre Tempe, AZ
16 Neighborhood Theatre Charlotte, NC
17 The National Richmond, VA
18 The Fillmore Silver Spring, MD
20 The Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
21 Best Buy Theater New York, NY
23 Calvin Theatre Northampton, MA
24 House of Blues Boston, MA
25 State Theater Ithaca, NY
27 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
28 Royal Oak Music Theatre Royal Oak, MI
2 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
3 Pabst Theater Milwaukee, WI
6 Val Air Ballroom Des Moines, IA
7 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
9 Midland Theatre by AMC Kansas City, MO
10 Ogden Theatre Denver, CO
13 House of Blues Dallas, TX
14 House of Blues Houston, TX
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