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Pentatonix Q&A: Mitchell C. Grassi talks about the group's YouTube success, new album
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Since
gaining national attention during its winning run on NBC's "The
Sing-Off," the a cappella group Pentatonix has released a debut
album, gone on tour and pick up millions of views on YouTube.
The group of twentysomethings take pop songs and arrange them into staggering showcases of vocal effects and range.
Pentatonix -- a reference to the pentatonic scale, a musical scale or mode with five notes per octave -- released its debut album last summer.
In addition to touring, the group continually releases a slew of popular YouTube videos. Nearly every video, from covers of Nicki Minaj's "Starships" to Maroon Five's "Payphone," easily receives more than one million views. The group also shares video journals, new updates and most recently, the "Evolution of Music," where they members sing their way through the hits of each decade.
Grassi answered a few questions, including about Pentatonix's recent collaboration with "America's Got Talent" finalist Lindsey Stirling, via email.
Q: There’s a little grit to the video for “Radioactive.” Talk about collaboration and working with Lindsey Stirling?
A: Working with Lindsey was great! Not only is she super cool, but she's also incredibly talented. It was quite a treat getting to collab with her, and the finished product turned out great!
Q: Kevin got to bust out an instrument in the video. Many of you guys can play instruments. Is it nice to show that side of your repertoire, too?
A: Kevin actually plays the cello in "Radioactive"! Scott and I play the piano, and Avi plays guitar. Yes, we love getting the opportunity to play instruments whenever we can.
Q: What can people expect to see and hear at the live show?
A: A loud, booming bass and drums section, an amazing light show, a cool set, and much more.
Q: How do you guys go about selecting the songs you think will appeal to your fans?
A: Typically, we will select top 40 hits and turn them into PTX-style arrangements for our YouTube channel. For the album, we like to pick songs that one of us has had on heavy rotation, or songs that we think will be good for our sound.
Q: How much tea do you consume on a daily basis? Any unique vocal care tricks?
A: We actually consume about 2-3 cups of Throat Coat tea every day while we are on tour. I think the key to a strong voice is lots of water and rest.
Q: Talk about how you’ve utilized YouTube? What are some of your strategies?
A: YouTube is a great tool for our career. Not only do we get to showcase our talents, but we can also advertise our upcoming tour dates, and link fans/new subscribers to our social media sites, where they can stay updated with our current activities and projects.
Q: What is next for Pentatonix?
A: We are working on PTX
Vol. 2, and are embarking on another leg of tour around the country.
You can check ptx-official.com for our upcoming tour dates!