A cappella sensation Pentatonix is on the Southeast Asian leg of their 2020 tour

Teng Yong Ping
Lifestyle Editor
Pop-a cappella group Pentatonix. Members (left to right) are Matt Sallee, Kirstin Maldonado, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi and Kevin Olusola. (PHOTO: Hype Records)

Three-time Grammy award-winning Pentatonix is currently in Asia on their 2020 world concert tour!

The American pop-a cappella group has already toured North and South America, and Japan. They will hold their show in Manila tomorrow (8 February) at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, and in Singapore next Tuesday (11 February) at The Star Theatre.

Ahead of their concerts here in Southeast Asia, Yahoo Lifestyle SEA caught up with bass singer Matt Sallee via an email interview and asked him what fans can look forward to.

What can your fans in Singapore and the Philippines look forward to in your performance? What songs will feature in the set?

We will be doing a bunch of old classic Pentatonix songs as well as some new covers with a big brand new staging, lights and interactive sections! Also, it’s my first time performing in both places! 

Singapore has quite an active a cappella scene. Have you heard of a cappella groups in Singapore? What do you think of them?

Yes I have! I used to sing in a group in college called Pitch Slapped with (Singaporean) singer/actor Nathan Hartono. (Editor’s note: Pitch Slapped is an award-winning a capella group at Berklee College of Music in Boston.)

Have you done sightseeing in Singapore and Manila before?

I have not been there before but I’m very excited to see them! 

You've built up a global audience with YouTube. What has the response been in Asia to your shows and music?

Asia has been insane! All our shows in Japan were sold out. And the reception there is always so gracious. We’re honoured to be so well known there. 

You've arranged many covers but also written original songs. Do you have a preference for performing covers as opposed to original songs?

I love them equally personally. I think they all have something special individually which I love and love to perform. 

Is your tour schedule tiring? What do you do to unwind in between shows? 

The schedule can be tiring but also very rewarding so it makes it all worth it! 

Do you have any other message for fans in Singapore and the Philippines? 

We can’t wait to go there! It’s my first time so I’m extremely excited! Also, the Singapore show is on my birthday! (Editor’s note: Matt’s birthday is 11 February.) So that’s super exciting! See you soon!


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