Pentatonix

By: Ashton Smith

Biography

Scott decided to audition for The Sing-Off and enlisted childhood friends Kirstie and Mitch. In high school, they had found success singing Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” together. Determined to set the group apart, Scott set out to add more vocalists, first adding Avi, who’d built a reputation as one of the most talented vocal basses in Southern California, and eventually found Kevin on YouTube in the video “Julie-O,” featuring his cello-boxing (simultaneously beatboxing and performing the song on his cello).


To create their unbelievable music, they set a beat, and add in the bass. After layering the harmony on top of background vocals, the melody is added on top — you wouldn't ever guess it's all a capella. Pentatonix is known for its stylistic range (Electronica, reggae, R&B, dubstep, and more) due to its amazing rhythm section (Avi Kaplan and Kevin Olusola). The band hasn't changed much, but they have started composing some of their own music.