There are few groups with all guys and one female. What are the dynamics of the group like? Take me back to your childhood. How did music come to be such a major part of your life? My mom and I would be in the car all the time my mom is a single parent. We were really big into music. She finally put me into voice lessons when I was 8 years old and I did a community theatre show, fell in love with it.
In high school, I did all the school choirs. That was my plan- to be on Broadway one day. How many hours do you practice each day? We generally meet every day. I woke up at 10, then had meetings through mid-day. Afternoon we have choreography practice. Breaks in between are our personal time. On personal time I take online classes; I really want to go back and get my degree.
I also sleep a lot laughs. You mention that getting a degree is important to you. For so long it was just my mom and me. How she raised me- it was just important to get good grades. As the group grows rapidly and more in the limelight, do you feel pressure in any way to look a particular way? I dealt with a lot of self conscious issues coming out to LA because it happened so quickly. I lived in a dorm before and then got thrown out into the world a year later. I definitely want to give off good vibes and be a good role model.
I used to be in the industry years ago and encountered situations where I heard record execs tell girls to get plastic surgery to either get skinnier or completely alter their image. I had a similar thing happen to me where a record exec wanted to dress me up like a Barbie doll to completely revamp my image. Have you experienced that?
In the industry especially, if you look a certain way it does make life a lot easier. What I used to struggle with was letting all that consume you as opposed to focusing on the good reasons to improve yourself. Now I feel like I have a little more sense of my place. People always feel like they have to fit in to a cookie cutter image and copy the stars but you have to find who you are. Those stars are already famous for who they were.
You have to find the best you. With young girls looking at you as a role model, how do you want to be perceived by your fans as a young woman yourself?
I want to inspire people to tear down their walls, especially for teenage girls. Going forward, will the group be diving more into original music or continue with covers? I think our next album will be mostly original music with a couple of covers. From their original tracks to their intricate reimagining of pop hits and epically complex arrangements and medleys, Pentatonix have quickly developed a sound and style that is entirely unique and undeniably infectious.
A freshman at The University of Southern California, Scott decided to audition for the show and enlisted childhood friends and fellow Arlington, Texas-natives Kirstie and Mitch. Pentatonix have also been regularly featured online by Perez Hilton, RyanSeacrest.
In addition to their live shows, the Pentatonix YouTube channel boasts more than million views and 4. The group also has more than , Facebook fans and , Twitter followers. The group continues to create, arrange and perform new music, consistently testing any and every preconception of what vocal music is and just how big it can be.
Mitch Grassi is the youngest member of Pentatonix and a recent high school graduate he was a high school senior when taping of The Sing-Off commenced. She began her classical training during high school and was a member of the Texas All State Choir for three years. A four-year show choir member and dance captain, Kirstie held numerous roles in local stage productions, performing at shows around the Metroplex, including Casa Manana and Bass Hall.
Avi Kaplan is a serious student of classical music who also plays guitar, composes and arranges music for both choral and a cappella. San Antonio College, known worldwide for their strong choral and a cappella tradition. In he joined Fermata Nowhere, a high-energy male a cappella group that became the first community college a cappella entrants to win the prestigious ICCA. In his third year at Mt. At an early age, Kevin began learning piano, cello and saxophone.
He spent 18 months in Beijing becoming fluent in Chinese as a part of his Yale fellowship.