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Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Pentatonix, the season 3 winners of the NBC a cappella singing competition series, "The Sing Off", have released their debut EP, “PTX Volume 1”. Described by Rollingstone.com to be “impossibly full sound,” the five-member band, named for the world’s most widely recognized five-note musical scale, is comprised of lead vocalists Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying and Kirstie Maldonado with vocal bass by Avi Kaplan and beatboxer Kevin Olusola, each who arrange all their own music using only their vocals as instruments.
Well let's beat box it with and get down in the PTX with Scott Hoying and Avi Kaplan, word!
MS: You guys are amazing! What inspired you to use your voices as instruments?
PTX: We were all in choir and we all love vocal music, it's organic, it comes from yourself, it's such an amazing feeling to perform it for other people. Kevin loves all types of music he came up with the beat boxing and it worked out perfectly.
MS: Most people never think to use their voices for anything other than singing.
PTX: Yeah, totally.
MS: I really love your guys mash-up of Justin Bieber's "As Long As You Love Me" and Katy Perry's "Wide Awake".
PTX: We all listened to both songs and thought about which parts we really loved out of each song. Then we just put it together, and made sure all of the words worked with the melody. We really liked the feel of the Justin Bieber song so we kept the words, and we loved the chorus for the Katy Perry song, it was a very organic process.
MS: It's Amazing that you guys all found each other.
PTX: Yeah, it is really crazy that we all did find each other, it was obviously meant to be.
MS: When it happens organically it is meant, there's no way in your wildest dreams...
PTX: It's so crazy.
MS: You guys were on "The Sing Off" and that's where you met, I am assuming that was a good springboard for you.
PTX: Just to have millions of people watching you every week, the thing that was great about the show is it really was real, it represented you in the way you really are.
Give me a P, give me a T and an X - get yourself some "PTX Volume 1"