Brings Pop Music To New Heights
April 4, 2014
We were joined in-studio
by five musicians, and zero instruments — no drums, no guitars,
no keyboards — just five voices that, together, form the internationally
acclaimed a cappella supergroup, Pentatonix.
They were winners of NBC’s
“The Sing-Off” back in 2011, and they’ve since toured
all over the world and performed everywhere from The Tonight Show to
Ellen to Sesame Street. Today, they make their Radio Boston debut.
Scott Hoying, lead vocalist.
He tweets at @scotthoying.
Kirstin Maldonado, lead vocalist.
She tweets at @kirstin_taylor.
Mitch Grassi, lead vocalist.
He tweets at @mitchgrassi.
Avi Kaplan, vocal bass. He
tweets at @Avi_Kaplan.
Kevin Olusola, beatboxer.
He tweets at @KOlusola.
On not knowing each other
before singing together:
Scott Hoying: “We actually lived in four different states and
so the only day that we could rehearse was the day before, so that’s
actually when we met Kevin and that’s when some people met Avi.
It was kind of a crazy thing. The trio was the original group, it was
just the three of us and we grew up together, we’d sung together
for a long time. But when we added Avi and Kevin it was kind of just
a fate thing. We didn’t know if it was going to be good or if
it would sound right, but when we all sang together for the first time
it was just an organic, special moment. We didn’t even have to
rehearse that much, it just worked. And we’re very thankful for
On what it’s like to
make arrangements for an all-vocal band:
Mitch Grassi: “It’s a collaborative thing, pretty much.
I mean, we just sit in a circle and throw out ideas and just work with
different ideas until we have a solid foundation for a song. It can
be pretty challenging sometimes. We definitely have road blocks and
On transitioning to original
Scott Hoying: “It’s hard for an a capella group to transition
to original music. But we love writing and we really want to be original
artists. We’re slowly but surely getting there. We’ve been
writing a lot lately and we’re going to do an original for you
today that we’re excited about.”
On a capella becoming more
Scott Hoying: “I just think a lot of people really enjoy this
music. They’re just never really exposed to it in the right way
and I think that a cappella is definitely becoming the forefront of
music in a lot of ways because people are looking for something organic
and vocal that brings it back to the roots of choral music.”