cappella heroes pentatonix talk pitch perfect 2 & that time anna
kendrick totally fangirled over them!
October 22, 2014 at 12:17:00 PM by Ariel Nagi
They’ve racked up more
than 6 million YouTube subscribers, won The Sing Off, recently released
their third album PTX Vol. III (they also just released a Christmas
album!), and even landed a small part on Pitch Perfect 2! The Internet’s
beloved a cappella group Pentatonix is on a roll. We chatted with Mitch
Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstie Maldonado, and Kevin Olusola
about their crazy success, what it was like to work with The Barden
Bellas, and that time Anna Kendrick fangirled over them (w-h-a-t?!).
Seventeen: Tell us all about
your role in Pitch Perfect 2!
Scott: "We play a rival group to the Barden Bellas, and we’re
in a very small part of the movie. We’re not the Pentatonix in
it—We play a Canadian group. We don’t really act that much,
but it was really fun to be a part of and it was crazy to be on a movie
17: Cool! So how did that
happen? How did you end up getting that role?
Mitch: "I think it was
a number of factors. Our fans were really petitioning to get us into
the movie, but also we had a lot of connections to people that were
working on it as well. The people that worked on The Sing Off worked
on Pitch Perfect, too."
17: What was it like to work
with the Pitch Perfect cast? Was it surreal?
Scott: “It was crazy to be around all of them. We are all just
like deer in the headlights when we see celebrities. But, Anna Kendrick
actually came up to me and said, ‘I watch your Vines! I’m
such a big fan! My roommates and I watch your vines!’ and I was
like, ‘Oh my God, we watch your movies, so we should be friends!’
That was really cool, and it was cool being around such talented people
and being able to work in a field that we’re not completely used
17: So if you had to face
off against the Barden Bellas IRL, which one of your songs would you
Scott: "We would definitely do our original song 'On My Way Home'
off our latest album because it’s an epic type of contest song,
and I feel like we could get the crowd into it and definitely beat them!"
17: You just released a super
cool video covering “Papaoutai” by Stromae. What made you
want to cover that song?
Scott: "We can actually tie this into Pitch Perfect 2. When we
were on set, we were hanging out and watching Late Night with Seth Meyers
with the guy who plays Benji, Ben Platt. Stromae came on and performed
“Papaoutai” and we were like, ‘This song is so dope!’
let’s just do it. The video is really creepy and it’s really
17: Tell us about your new
album, That’s Christmas To Me!
Kirstie: "It’s ten songs plus a bonus track."
Scott: "There’s one original song and the rest are Christmas
songs. But some of them aren’t actually 'Christmas songs'—we
kind of turned them into Christmas songs, like 'White Winter Hymnal'
and 'Sugarplum Fairy.' We tried to get progressive and crazy with it,
but we love it. It just flows so well—I think people will love
17: How does it feel to hit
6.3 million YouTube subscribers?
Mitch: "Pretty wild!"
Scott: "It’s crazy. It just kept growing with each video
and it’s awesome to think that so many people care about the fact
that we’re singing a cappella. It’s totally surreal—we’re
still getting used to it."