I watched the Pentatonix bio/documentary on Netflix the other day. I did know roughly what Pentatonix or PTX was all about but never really hopped on the acapella bandwagon nor did I put much effort in YouTube-ing them. Clearly. VERY clearly. Shame on me! Because this group of 20 somethings is just mad talented.
I heard one of their songs on the radio during an early drive to class. Then their documentary popped up in Netflix so I thought, let’s see what the hype over PTX is all about. Below is a ‘ctrl v’ of their official bio from their official website.
Since bursting onto the scene in 2011, Platinum selling recording artists Pentatonix have sold more than 2.7 million albums in the U.S. alone, won a Grammy Award, sold out venues worldwide, have amassed over 1.3 billion views on their YouTube channel with over 9.9 million subscribers and appeared in the feature film Pitch Perfect 2.
From left: Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Avi Kaplan, Kirstin Maldonado and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola. Yes, they even won a Grammy for Best Arrangement, Instrumental Or A Cappella at the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards.
How awesome is their awesome?
Pretty f*ckin’ awesome.
The 1.5 hour documentary titled ‘Pentatonix: On My Way Home‘ was about their most recent concert circuit. The camera crew basically went reality TV on the PTX members throughout. Catch them in ‘their natural acapella habitat’ so to speak and whoah, these people mean business.
They are incredibly talented and yes, probably a lot of natural talent, but you can see (and hear) how much they built that talent up. Regardless how natural you are at anything, without the gung-ho guts, fearless passion AND humility, that talent would be just that – natural unpolished talent. This acapella group in my eyes are at diamond-level polished status.
The documentary has bits of them practising, bits of them writing and arranging their own songs, bits of them recording their latest album (while on tour), bits of their history, bits of them mucking about and being normal 20 something year olds, bits of them missing home and yes, bits of them preparing hours on end for the concert.
These guys are actually really down to earth 🙂
I can’t recall which Pentatonix member said this, but he said that what they are going through now, the past 2-3 years can only be explained through an analogy. He said, we all have our own wildest most improbable dreams. That dream happened for the all them. Now, it’s about attacking that dream and opportunity with vigour, a level head, hard work and accepting that sacrifices have to be made.
Naturally, I was strewn across my comfy couch and nibbling on some leftover pizza while watching this. Let’s start exercising my heart chimed in. My brain replied, let’s see how that goes.
ALSO, they were in Malaysia last year as well. Perhaps most of 2015 I’ve been focusing on work opportunities and honing my design and photography skills – truly, any Internet related tech you are using right now, something has already replaced it 5 minutes ago (it’s just a matter of finding out). So yes, it seems I missed out on a HUGE chunk of important pop culture in my entrepreneur-in-training year. Important to me anyways.
Clearly, my music/pop culture radar was out of order for most of 2014/2015
As truly, no day better than today (even if its a year or two late), I got down and dirty and put my Google hat on. This acapella group started with 3 best friends (Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi and Kirstin Maldonado), that sang acapella throughout high school. They went viral when someone posted on YouTube their performance of Telephone by Lady Gaga. Apparently Greyson Chance wasn’t the only star with viral Lady Gaga YouTube origins – check out his cover of Paparazzi.
Young Kirstin Maldonado, Scott Hoying and Mitch Grassi belting out some serious acapella harmonies.
Then the powers that be, brought these 3 bestfriends to 2 other very talented singers, Avi Kaplan and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola and they entered AND won ‘Sing Off’ in 2011. That was the birth of PTX stardom. From tiga sekawan to a well tuned feverish five.
Truly, I blame Glee.
Glee had made acapella singing go super mainstream. No more Scarborough Fair ‘oldies but the choir goodies’ music. Now it was everyday pop, hip hop and alternative music made acapella. Well played Glee. Well played YouTube. How can I not love the glorious Internet?
Evidence of this also found in the Pitch Perfect movies. Nuff said. Check these other PTX videos out!
Thanks for reading =)
Till next time
A song from their platinum album ‘That’s Christmas To Me’.
They got the Grammy for this particular ‘Daft Punk’ arrangement. PTX does have their own official music video BUT it was done really badly (my opinion anyways). Sigh, such an epic music video waste *scream* – I dunno, maybe you might dig it?