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Here’s How Pentatonix Makes Its A Capella Arrangements Happen

In Pentatonix’s recent interview with Time Magazine the discuss their new album and their goals. They also show how to break down their arrangments of “Can’t Sleep Love” and “Cheerleader”.



Via Time Magazine


“Watch the members break down their “Cheerleader” cover and their original song “Can’t Sleep Love”

Pentatonix is best known for arranging a cappella covers of Top 40 artists like Lorde and Ariana Grande, but on its new self-titled album of mostly original material, available now, the quintet is out to prove a cappella can succeed on its own.

“An original album was always a goal for us,” says Mitch Grassi, “but I think we just wanted to garner a fan base and work up to it slowly, because it’s not an easy thing to tackle.””

““We had never been in a group before [The Sing-Off],” says Maldonado, “so the past three and a half years before we started writing this album really helped kind of nature the sound we wanted.”

Despite their success, some corners of the music industry have been slow to recognize Pentatonix and a capella as something other than a reality-show novelty act or a Pitch Perfect-fueled fad (the group even had a cameo role in the sequel). “We’ve had radio [stations] say, ‘I don’t know if this can be played, it’s covers, we need original music,’” Hoying says “But now I feel like with the songs we’ve written and the way we’ve produced them and arranged [them], it’s really our time to break that barrier.”

So it seems—their new album already hit the No. 1 spot on iTunes, Amazon and Apple Music within a week of its release. But if Hoying’s prediction doesn’t come true, that’s okay with the group, too. “I just feel like it’s always going to be there,” Kaplan says of skeptics. “I feel like we’re always going to be the underdog, but we like that. It’s a really cool thing and it inspires us. It pushes us.””

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