"It always happens to me when I’m in an Uber,” says Pentatonix's baritone lead Scott Hoying. “The driver will ask what type of band I’m in, and I always feel like I have to defend it: ‘A cappella, but, like, cool a cappella.’ And they’re like, ‘So...you do weddings?’ ”
Pentatonix photographed on Sept. 30, 2015 at Palihouse in West Hollywood, Calif.
'We Were the Choir Nerds'
“We were the choir nerds,” says Avi Kaplan, 26, a basso profondo with an intense stare and well-shaped goatee.
Kelly Clarkson's Cosign
“We don’t need another pop band that has the same formula as everyone else,” says former tourmate Kelly Clarkson. “We need people like Pentatonix who push the boundaries and inspire radio to embrace talent, not repetition. That’s what will bring them longevity.”
A Band Like Maroon 5
“We want to be considered a band, like Maroon 5 or Coldplay,” says beatbox wizard Kevin Olusola.
“Sometimes I’ll look over while Mitch is killing a high note onstage and just be amazed,” says Hoying. “Even though I’ve seen him do it 500 million times since I was 8, it never gets old.”