Five Question Challenge with Pentatonix’s Mitch Grassi
September 22, 2014 By jacobjournalist
By: Jacob Elyachar, jakes-take.com
Pentatonix is one of the most successful a cappella groups of all-time!
Since their victory on The Sing-Off’s third season, Mitch Grassi,
Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado and Kevin Olusola’s
EPs have made it to both the Top 10 and Top 20 of the Billboard 200.
The quintet is a force to be reckoned with as they have racked up some
impressive numbers on social media. From their 230,000 Instagram fans
and 366,000 Twitter followers to 1,590,000 Facebook fans and 6,294,000
YouTube subscribers, the group’s unique re-arrangements of current
Top 40 and classic hits have captured the attention of the worldwide
Tomorrow, Pentatonix will release their third EP: PTX, Vol. III and
later on this fall, will release their sophomore Christmas album: That’s
Christmas to Me.
In this edition of The Five Question Challenge, Mitch Grassi talked
about the recording process for PTX, Vol. III and That’s Christmas
to Me, plus what their fans can expect from the group as 2014 begins
to wrap up.
Jacob Elyachar: How has Pentatonix grown as performers since the last
time we spoke?
Mitch Grassi: We have really come into our own as performers and we
have learned to pace ourselves during our lengthy tours. We also have
progressed greatly as musicians, as well, and I think our sound is becoming
JE: Tomorrow, the group will be releasing their third EP: “PTX,
Vol. III.” What were some of the similarities and differences
between this recording process versus the first two EPs’ recording
MG: We recorded our latest album in a number of different cities, some
international, and I think that sort of contributed to our newly acquired
“world” influences in our music. However, we still recorded
a ton of our material in our friend’s closet just like the old
JE: In addition to releasing “PTX, Vol. III,” the group
will also be releasing your second full-length holiday album: “That’s
Christmas to Me.” What were some of the challenges that the group
faced while recording this album? How did you overcome them?
MG: I think that the one main challenge we experienced was keeping everything
fresh and interesting. Christmas music can get a bit monotonous, so
we really pushed ourselves to try new, unconventional ways to arrange
JE: What can your fans look forward to from Pentatonix as 2014 winds
MG: Our fans can expect a lot of new material including music AND videos,
as well as a couple dates and upcoming public appearances!
JE: If you had the chance to meet with aspiring musical groups that
want to enter the recording industry, what advice would you share with
MG: Stay true to your sound! It has gotten us really far and has (for
the most part) served us really well. Do what you know you are good
at, but always push yourselves to progress and try new things!