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November 23, 2012

An interview with Mitch Grassi of Pentatonix

The GA Voice:

Mitch Grassi is one of two openly gay members of Pentatonix, the a cappella group that came to fame by winning the NBC series “The Sing Off” and continues to draw new fans via YouTube through covers ranging from Gotye to “Gangnam Style.”

Lead vocalists Grassi, Scott Hoying and Kirstie Maldonado performed as a high school vocal trio in Texas, adding members Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola before competing last year on “The Sing Off.”

We caught up with Grassi, age 20, as Pentatonix embarked on the multi-city U.S. tour that brings the group to Atlanta’s Variety Playhouse on Nov. 29.

A pentatone is defined as “a gapped scale with five notes; usually the fourth and seventh notes of the diatonic scale are omitted.” Please say something about the choice of Pentatonix as the name of the group.

The pentatonic scale is a scale that's very popular in R&B, soul and pop music. We use a lot of it in general and when we are writing music. It's a five-note scale and we have five members, so we thought it was pretty appropriate.

Do members of the group have assigned tasks? For example, are harmony or rhythm parts assigned to specific people or are the duties evenly distributed?

That’s an interesting question. I would say that Kevin and Avi are the rhythm section and the rest of us are the vocalists. Sometimes we’ll switch positions. I actually really do like doing rhythms, but it rarely happens because I can't get those low ends that Avi can usually get.

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Posted by acapnews at November 23, 2012 11:22 PM

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