Pitches Be Crazy are a great up-and-coming a cappella act in the area. They're here for a special matinee this Sunday with special guest Alison Torrillo French, Formerly of Tonic and Gin.
Where and when was your first show? Our first performance (other than the back yard like a typical garage band) was the SingStrong Acappella Festival in Reston, VA in February of this year. That's right, only six months ago. Although we didn't do as well as we wanted to (okay, let's be honest, we stunk it up pretty good), what we took away from the experience was so much more important to our longevity and future successes. Receiving private coaching from a professional that we adore and have always looked up to, mentoring by the masters, and amazing encouragement by the Acappella community helped us to dust ourselves off after a sub-par performance and get back to work in creating real good music. And now 6 months into this crazy ride, we have successfully competed in the Mid-Atlantic Harmony Sweepstakes (where we met the aca-phenoms, Catatonic, who will be joining us) as well as performed in several other events around town. We just released our debut single "Represent" last week so we cannot be happier about how far we've come in such a short time. Proof positive, kids, that if you believe in what you are doing and work hard, there's nothing that can stop you in fulfilling your dreams.
What band/artist would you consider to be your main influence? The Pitch Masterminds that founded PBC Acappella realized they wanted to form a band when they saw Blue Jupiter, Cartoon Johnny, and The Edge Effect live. Not having any Acappella experience, we just loved the music and said, "I want to do THAT" followed by the statement, "why can't we?". And that's when PBC was formed. What we love about these bands is that they are entertainers to the core. When you watch and listen to their shows, all you want to do is get up and dance. They make you happy. We want to create that same experience for our fan base. If we can make one person in the audience feel the way we do when we see these amazing groups, then we did it right. Being that our ages range from 25-50, we have a very wide influence of music across all genres. From Motown to hardcore gangsta rap, we take a little of everything we grew up with as bandmates and fuse it together to make our music our way.
What is one of your most memorable or off-the-wall touring experiences? We do like to boast that we are THE ONLY group in SingStrong history to come out and start our set with hooded robes and a Gregorian style chant and then bust out with some serious percussion and bass. Why did we do this? Hello? Did you not see our band name? But releasing our debut single is just off the wall bananas crazy for all of us and trumps everything at the moment. You have to understand; the band consists of a social worker, real estate management consultant, a benefits consultant for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), an IT guy and an Administrative professional. Not a likely bunch to be recording music and getting to live the "rockstar" persona on the weekends.
Favorite Food: With an Italian, Hawaiian/Asian, Puerto Rican, and a trained chef in the band, we cook and eat everything. EVERYTHING!!! Favorite Drink: We will never turn down Spanish brandy...the real stuff!
If you were to have a film/movie based on your career, which actors or band would you select to portray yourself? NWA. We joke about this all the time that we are like the NWA of Acappella. When NWA first came out in the late 1980s, they were unknown and often a little too raw and edgy for their contemporaries. But they had a dream and worked non-stop to turn their dream into a reality. We are doing the same...without the explicit lyrics, of course.
Cat-Person, Dog-Person, or both? Feel free to send a picture… Funny question...we call our bass "Grumpy Cat" because of his affinity to saying NO. As for which do we prefer...it depends on which band member you poll.
What two words would best describe your music? Dope. Noise.
Some other really fun facts about the band: http://www.pbcacappella.