BWW Interviews: Mitch Grassi from PENTATONIX Discusses Upcoming Tour, How the Music Comes Together, and More
Following Pentatonix's win in Season Three of NBC's popular a cappella singing competition, "The Sing-Off," the group of five stellar musicians in their own right - named after the widely recognizable five-note music scale - has seen a great degree of success. From sold out concerts, multiple television performances, three albums - including one that was just released in late 2013 - as well as a whole host of very popular music videos on YouTube, the innovative group has pretty much been one of the main ambassadors of the a cappella community to mainstream audiences, bringing the immense talents it offers into the limelight. In advance of an upcoming, highly anticipated US and European tour and following the group's latest album release (PTX Volume II - buy it!) featuring original music and popular covers, PTX member Mitch Grassi kindly answered some questions via email from DC BroadwayWorld on behalf of the group. We discussed where PTX has been, how it does what it does, and what comes next.
Look for a review on BroadwayWorld in late March 2014 following Pentatonix's tour stop in Washington, DC. While most of the tour dates across the country are now sold out, consult PTX's official website for tour dates and any remaining tickets.
Jennifer Perry (JP): The group is made up of five musicians with a variety of musical backgrounds - instrumentalists, songwriters, choral singers, and/or musical theatre performers. How has your own background shaped what Pentatonix has become and the kinds of songs you perform now?
Mitch Grassi (MG): I've been a performer most of my life. I started out in musical theatre when I was 9, and went on to do it all through grade school, as well as choir. Being an avid performer, the stage was like a second home to me, so performing in PTX shows is one of my favorite parts of my job. I've always been a big music nerd, too. I study/enjoy many different styles of music, and I think my understanding of a wide variety of genres has helped shape the band's unique style.
JP: How and why did you become involved in a cappella music and what drew you to it?
MG: I've always been fascinated by the idea of creating music using only vocals. I like to believe that the voice is the most powerful, expressive instrument. And you can use it to fit most any style. What I love about our group is that we aren't afraid to experiment with different, out-of-the-ordinary styles.