Los Angeles based a capella music up-and-comers Pentatonix are named for a five-note musical scale. Vocalist Mitch Grassi answered our Same Seven Questions so we could learn a little more about the group.
Where are you from and what was it like growing up there?
I’m from Arlington, Texas. It wasn’t too bad growing up there. It was a pretty relaxed city; typical suburban living. I love going back and visiting because it’s quiet and slower-paced than Los Angeles, where I’m based now.
When did you decided you wanted to be a musician?
I think I really decided that I wanted to be a musician when I became a total music nerd in junior high. I had an extremely eclectic taste for my age, and I knew I wanted to immerse myself in the field of music for the rest of my life. It’s endlessly interesting. There’s always something new going on. I started performing in stage shows and such when I was nine years old, and have totally loved performing and singing since then.
If you could perform with any musician, living or dead, who woud it be and why?
I would love to open for a rapper, like Azealia Banks. I think doing a totally dope, beat-driven set right before a rapper performed would be amazing. Or I would love to open for Imogen Heap! She’s been my favorite musician since junior high, and I feel like our sound would really complement hers, because she’s all about vocal-heavy music.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
I drink TONS of water, use my steam inhaler for about half an hour, and then join the group in a quick pre-show prayer.
What’s your favorite candy?
Snickers. Always been obsessed.
What do you like to do in your downtime?
I like to blog mindlessly, or discover new music. I’m also really into DJing — it’s a hobby that I’m very passionate about!
What’s next for you?
We start our 2013 tour in January, and I’m so excited! Performing is my favorite part of my job. I really love meeting fans. During that time, I think we’ll be working on new material for the album. Really looking forward to putting out some new music!
“Angels We Have Heard on High”
“Oh Come Oh Come Emmanuel”
“Oh Holy Night”