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December 11, 2009

Q&A with judge Ben Folds


Q. What are you looking for in a great a cappella group?

A. Ben: I’m looking for it to move or entertain me. If that’s not happening, then I go into my producer space and say, “Well there’s a reason for this.” That’s my job. Each of us judges seem to have gone to what we’re useful for. Nicole usually says something that everyone can relate to like, “It had energy.” Usually, for me, I’m looking for something that’s making it not work… something in the arrangement, something distracting. Each group has their own challenges. An all female group has a challenge of not having a bass but an all male group has challenges as well. At the end of the day, I’d like to feel like some of them innovated a bit in the genre.

Q. Will the a cappella music translate well over television?

A. Ben: I’ve been concerned about that and written many long, rambling emails about that to the producers. That’s true, though, of any kind of music on television. Music on television is just not a full experience. You have to get the mix as representative and exciting as possible. I have every reason to feel it’s been well shot and well edited because they’ve been such sticklers about this. As a judge, my challenge was that the front of house was so loud and so exciting, that I had to concentrate. I think they’re gonna the land the plane on that really well. I hope!

Q. For people who aren’t really familiar with a cappella music, what do you think they’re going to get out of this?

A. Ben: I don’t see how anyone wouldn’t like it. Every group is different. There’s no formula. I think when people see it, they’re just going to keep watching it. I know I would. It’s almost like a circus when you see people doing this. You don’t think that they can pull this off. These groups are pretty full, it’ll translate over television. I think it’s going to be exciting. I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t keep watching it. I don’t watch much tv but I would flip right through a normal singing show. I think the reason this music has a future in pop music is because the economy is crap. People can’t afford to buy instruments… a guitar or a piano. What’s cooler than doing music this way? Read more.

Posted by acapnews at December 11, 2009 12:00 AM


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