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Still riding off the highs of being crowned the champions of the third season of NBC’s “The Sing Off,” vocal quintet Pentatonix is quickly carving a name for themselves. After winning the title in 2011, the members (consisting of vocalists Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado and Mitch Grassi, vocal bass Avi Kaplan and beatboxer Kevin “K.O.” Olusola) relocated to Los Angeles to further pursue their music careers. Since then, they have released two EPs – with both charting on the Billboard 200 – and are currently on their second headlining tour.

With the popularity of a cappella and electronic music at its peak, the band continues to push boundaries with their original sound and arrangements. It is also a plus that their YouTube channel has over 80 million views, which must mean they’re doing something right. Vocalist Mitchell Grassi answered our questions below.

Were you always interested in pursuing music?

Yes, pretty much. I knew that I would be pursuing a career in the arts all my life, whether it be music production, performance, etc.

Your debut EP, “PTX Volume 1,” was released last June. Was it a good feeling to have the first release under your belt?

Absolutely. It was quite an accomplishment. And it was another step in finding our signature sound.

You were the winners of the third season of NBC’s “The Sing-Off.” What positives did you gain from the whole experience?

I think we really learned how to work together as a group and put our problems behind us, for the good of the group. We are like a family, and as such, we are going to have tiffs and conflicts. But this is our job now, so we must work it out for the good of our careers! We also learned to be diligent and responsible, because this business is all about staying on top of your game and putting out as much material as you can.

What was your favourite song you performed during the competition?

I loved “Video Killed the Radio Star,” because I think that’s when the viewers saw us finally creating our unique sound.

With the success of The Sing Off and more recently, the musical comedy film “Pitch Perfect,” did you ever think a cappella could be mainstream – just a few years ago?

I really didn’t. It’s such a small niche that I never believed it would make a breakthrough in mainstream culture. However, with the likes of Glee and “Pitch Perfect,” I think it’s well on its way.

Last month, you released a cover of the song ‘Radioactive’ by Imagine Dragons, along with violinist Lindsey Stirling. What made you choose this song to cover?

We thought this was a great song that would compliment both our style and Lindsey’s.

Were you overwhelmed by the positive response?

We were very grateful! Lindsey has such an incredible fan base, so I think they’re mostly to thank for getting the video out there, haha. But it opened us up to a variety of new people, which is awesome.

You are currently on your second headlining tour. What are the pros and cons of tour life?

A big pro is that we get to sleep until about 2pm, haha! However, the bus can get pretty messy at times because we have 11 people and not enough storage space!

If you could be best friends with any television or movie character, who would it be and why?

Definitely Spongebob. We’re a lot alike.

If you could be any ice cream flavour, which would you be and why?

Ben & Jerry’s “Cannoli,” because I’m Italian! Also, I just had it recently and it is heavenly.