Pentatonix is an a capella group consisting of Scott Hoying, Kirstie
Maldonado, Mitch Grassi, Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola, originating
from Arlington, Texas in the US. Shortly after the group formed, they
went on to win the third season of reality TV singing contest The
Sing-Off. The group released their debut EP, PTX Vol. 1 in 2012 to
acclaimed success and this is to be followed up with PTX Vol. 2, released
on November 5th.
-Interview with Mitch Grassi
Tell us how the group formed.
Scott, Kirstie and I all went to high school together. We formed an
a capella trio and performed for various school events. When Scott
went off to college, his friend suggested that we all try out for
NBC's The Sing-Off. He also suggested we add bass and a beat boxer
to fill out our sound. We found Avi through a mutual friend, and we
found Kevin on YouTube because he had this viral video going around
of him playing cello and beat boxing simultaneously.
Where does the name, Pentatonix
The pentatonic scale is a musical scale comprised of five notes, and
it's very popular in many different types of music. Just like there
are five notes, there are five members in the band. We added the "x"
Sum up your experience
on The Sing Off.
It was a pretty gruelling experience, but we learnt a lot from it.
We developed our work ethic and group dynamic, but most importantly,
developed our own unique sound.
What does each member add
to the dynamics of the group.
Scott has this amazing, soulful baritone that adapts to many styles
of music. Kirstie has a gorgeous, straightforward tone that really
fills out the rich trio harmony. I cover the tenor notes, and occasionally
do alto. Avi is our bass man. Kevin comes up with these incredibly
unique and heavy beats that accompany the rest of us.
Talk us through the experience
of recording your debut album and going on your first tour.
The first album was definitely a challenge, especially on the original
material end. None of us had ever really written original music, so
it was a new experience. In fact, we're still trying to figure out
what our original sound is. But it's a great deal of fun! Going on
our first tour was amazing. It was incredible just to perform every
night and meet all of our fans. We love them!
Are you excited to release
PTX Volume 2?
Very excited! It's been a long time coming and we can't wait to show
everyone what we're made of.
What can fans expect from
the UK leg of your tour next month?
A full production - lights, set pieces, everything. We may even do
a few new songs!
Do Pentatonix plan on releasing
an album of original music in the future?
Absolutely. It will be a challenge, but I think we can eventually
make something really great.