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OEB’s 5 SXSW Q’s – Pentatonix
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OEB 2013 SXSW Review
After taking the crown
on the TV a cappella completion The Sing Off, Pentatonix is looking
to explore their buzzy sound even further in 2013 – the ultimate
goal of becoming the first preeminent mainstream a cappella group
in the last half-century. They are well on their way, drawing tons
of viewers to their wonderfully active YouTube account and releasing
a set of well-received EPs last year. 2013 should see no slowdown
– a third Pentatonix EP is on the way and founder Kevin Olusola
checked in with OEB from the road as the quintet sets to close off
this current national run at SXSW. Olusola hit on a variety of topics,
notably discussing shifting from popular covers to original material
(yes!!), what’s on deck for the band after this tour wraps up
and the opportunity that SXSW allows to ‘test the waters’
of Pentatonix’s exciting next steps.
The technical skill that
Pentatonix brings to the table is extraordinary. Where does all that
technical prowess come from?
While Pentatonix will surely
always be in the business of reinterpreting popular material, what
are your thoughts on writing original a cappella material and do you
think that is something an audience can get behind?
From television shows to
YouTube videos, one thing Pentatonix has done brilliantly is find
many channels to get your music out there. SXSW presents a different
angle playing alongside artists of every genre imaginable. Why SXSW
and what is the best way to get your music out to ears in this day
Do you have any shows lined
up for SXSW yet? I hear LiveNation has some interesting plans up their
sleeves for a showcase. Anything else of interest on deck for the
beginning of 2013?
Have you had a chance to
check out the SXSW lineup yet? Any artists you are looking to catch
yourself while in town?