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Ep. 23: Tracy Robertson (m-pact)

This week Tracy Robertson of m-pact (formerly of Vocalosity, Overboard, Pitch Slapped, etc.) and instructor at A Cappella Academy joins us to talk influences, rhythm, improvisation, and his ideology on connecting through music. Intro Song: "Easier II" by Erin Bentlage https://soundcloud.com/erinbentlage/easier-ii Tracy's Website: http://www.tracyljrobertson.com/ M-pact's Website: https://www.m-pact.com/ Joey Blake and Bobby McFerrin improvising together:...

Duration: 00:41:24

Ep. 22: Isaiah Carter (Pitch Slapped) w/ "Jealous" walkthrough!

Isaiah Carter of Berklee's Pitch Slapped joins us this week to talk vocal percussion, groove, arranging, and walk us through his arrangement of "Jealous" (soloed by Rachel Gonzalez, featured on https://soundcloud.com/headvoicepodcast/ep-8-brandon-crichfield-rachel-gonzalez) w/ exclusive sheet music down below! Intro Song: "Easier II" by Erin Bentlage https://soundcloud.com/erinbentlage/easier-ii Song Study: "Jealous" by Pitch Slapped, from "Complexion"...

Duration: 00:36:28

Ep. 21: Sam Robson

This week, Head/Voice goes international with Mr. Sam Robson of the UK! We chatted about his prolific and varied YouTube presence, how he puts together his videos, and his general creative process and influences. Intro Song: "Easier II" by Erin Bentlage https://soundcloud.com/erinbentlage/easier-ii Sam's Website: https://www.samrobsonmusic.com/ Sam's YouTube (carve out an hour and go through it all): https://www.youtube.com/user/traanncce/featured His version of "Withdraw" by Kimbra:...

Duration: 00:36:42

Ep. 20: Ben Spalding (Forte, Vocalight)

This week, we're joined by a man who quite literally has done everything: Ben Spalding of Centerville High School's Forte and co-founder of Vocalight (to name a few things). We talked about his philosophies on directing choirs vs. a cappella, how to set his students up for success, and the history as well as goals of new group, Vocalight. There's even a live, unplugged performance of "Stay" if you stick around to the end! Intro Song: "Easier II" by Erin Bentlage...

Duration: 00:36:21

Ep. 19: Erin Bentlage (A Cappella Academy)

Erin Bentlage of A Cappella Academy joins us this week to talk about her musical journey, experience directing at ACA, arranging style, and prosody (don't worry, she explains what it is in the episode). Song (new intro music!): "Easier II" by Erin Bentlage https://soundcloud.com/erinbentlage/easier-ii Erin's website: https://www.erinbentlage.com/ "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Forte feat. Erin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er2ymIb__uw "Bright Size Life" by Introflection (w/ Erin on the...

Duration: 00:39:19

Ep. 18: Matt Goldstein (The Vassar Devils, Hyannis Sound)

Matt Goldstein of The Vassar Devils and Hyannis Sound joins us this week for a real barn-burner on arranging and music directing, with a special dissection (partial sheet music below) of "Runnin'" from the Devils' newest album, "Coming Alive." ~Show Notes~ 01:31 How did Matt get into arranging in the first place? 04:44 Developing the group, growing w/ the group, doing ICCA for the first time 06:29 “Love On Top” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuH8u5D0KXM 11:59 Finding a unique sound (w/...

Duration: 01:13:39

Ep. 17: Barbara DeVeaux Griffith (Osa Vocal Rush)

Barbara DeVeaux Griffith of [ICHSA champion] OSA Vocal Rush joins us to talk competition, her director Lisa Forkish, and songwriting for her original(!) song on Vocal Rush's all-original(!) album [link below]. Song: "Gimme A Reason" by OSA Vocal Rush from "11" https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/11/id1113677696 Vocal Rush's Website: https://www.facebook.com/pg/osavocalrush/ Vocal Rush's ICHSA Website: https://www.youtube.com/user/OsaVocalRush Synergy singing "Til' It Happens To You":...

Duration: 00:33:18

Ep. 16: Sarah Mercedes (Upper Structure, Phoenix)

Sarah Mercedes of Berklee’s Upper Structure and Phoenix joins us to talk vocal percussion (and how she emotes while doing it!), creating a personal style, and how to musically VP effectively. Song: "Talking Body" by Phoenix https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/talking-body-single/id1069222827 Upper Structure's Website: https://www.facebook.com/upper.structure.acappella/ Phoenix's Website: http://phoenixacappella.com/ Courtney Jensen Videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwfBBel2Ks8...

Duration: 00:37:27

Ep. 15: Hannah Tobias (The Vassar Devils, The Vocal Company)

Hannah Tobias formerly of The Vassar Devils and currently of The Vocal Company joins us to talk arranging, original music, her thoughts on the a cappella scene, art/creativity and much much more! SHOW NOTES: Song: “Blood I Bled” by The Vassar Devils from their new album “Coming Alive” [also includes “Nothing,” referenced in the episode”: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/coming-alive/id1237034263 https://open.spotify.com/album/3pZzJBw0utPsJbiLKZdNyU Vassar Devils’ website:...

Duration: 00:39:58

Ep. 14: Melinda Packer (S#arp Attitude)

Melinda Packer (S#arp Attitude) joins us to talk all things vocal percussion and beatboxing: her influences, finding new sounds, common problem areas, and more! Song: "Pop" by S#arp Attitude https://open.spotify.com/artist/4WlxahObVfXekO55RTRMWx Melinda's Website: https://www.melindapacker.com/ Melinda's Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/beatboxingviolist/ S#arp Attitude: http://sharpattitude.wixsite.com/home "Where Are U Now" by Faux Paz (feat. Lucas Tax):...

Duration: 00:18:17

Ep. 13: Eric Scholz

Eric Scholz of Eric Scholz Productions joins us to talk through the basics of recording, working on original(!!) material with The Sons of Pitches, and how to play to the strengths of your group's voices/rhythm section! Song: "Utopia" by The Sons of Pitches https://itunes.apple.com/album/id1228929569?mt=1&app=itunes&at=1l3voFY&ct=project538244224 The Sons of Pitches: http://www.thesonsofpitches.co.uk/ Eric's website [work with him!]: http://ericscholzproductions.com/ Eric's Soundcloud:...

Duration: 00:42:49

Ep. 12: Ricky Jabarin & Christopher Little

Ricky Jabarin (DolCe Vocals) & Chris Little (Vox Pop) of a Cappella Productions join us to talk post-collegiate a cappella, the value of the a cappella community, and managing a semi-pro group! Songs: [Intro] "Runaway Baby" by Vox Pop https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/runaway-baby-single/id1039070768 [Outro] "New York City" by RickyJab ft. Esther Park https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-york-city-single/id1169772454 A Cappella Productions: https://acaproducers.com/ Vox Pop:...

Duration: 00:36:49

Ep. 11: Elliott Von Wendt

Elliott Von Wendt of The Nor’easters joins us to talk all things arranging: process, techniques, reharmonization, commissioned work, and more! Song: “Lionheart” by the JHU Octopodes https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/oceanborn/id1172556228 Nor’easters' Website: https://web.northeastern.edu/noreasters/ Hire Elliott: http://thevocalcompany.com/team/elliott-von-wendt/

Duration: 00:45:13

Ep. 10: Alex Green

Alex Green of Plaid Productions joins us to talk about making music that "feels good," when groups should record, a cappella education, and other studio wizardry! Song: "It's Time" by Plaid Productions https://soundcloud.com/plaidacappella/its-time Plaid Productions Website: http://plaidacappella.com/ BOSS (it's never too early to think about next year): http://bostonsings.com/

Duration: 00:29:28

Ep. 8: Charlie Arthur

Charlie Arthur (Charlie Arthur) joins head/voice to wax poetic about his transition to living in LA, his various musical projects, and his vision for a cappella in the future! Song: Adapted for Six Voices - "Shofukan" by Snarky Puppy

Duration: 00:27:43

Ep. 8: Brandon Crichfield & Rachel Gonzalez

Brandon Crichfield & Rachel Gonzalez of Pitch Slapped from Berklee join us on for a special episode on all things about the group - including their sound, songs, arrangements, group dynamics, philosophies and their new album 'Complexion!' Song: "Beggin & Pleadin" by Pitch Slapped from 'Complexion' https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/complexion/id1222793312 https://open.spotify.com/album/34eRiSSsTUvIN4ksmrH5A3 Pitch Slapped's website: https://www.pitchslappedacappella.com/ Lark's Kickstarter:...

Duration: 00:49:10

Ep. 7: Harrison Acosta

Harrison Acosta of Voicebox joins us to talk about building Voicebox from the ground up and everything that comes with it - arranging, selecting songs, creating effective group identity/culture, and directing! Song: "Dangerous Woman" by #TVCInterns https://soundcloud.com/thevocalcompany/dangerous-woman-tvcinterns Voicebox: http://thevoicebx.wixsite.com/ucfacappella NACC: http://acappellaconvention.com/ Lark's Kickstarter:...

Duration: 00:28:47

Ep. 6: Sahaana Sridhar

Sahaana Sridhar of the Network of Desi A Cappella takes us inside the world of South Asian-inspired a cappella and talks tradition, fusing cultures, and their upcoming competition! Song: "Soona Soona"by Dhamakapella https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/naya-zamana-welcome-to-the-new-age/id975941102 Competition: http://events.sulekha.com/all-american-awaaz_event-in_new-york-ny_312556

Duration: 00:24:50

Ep. 3: Alex Koutzoukis

Alex Koutzoukis of Plaid Productions talks running a production company, recorded a cappella, and BOSS! Song: "Atlas" by Plaid Productions https://soundcloud.com/plaidacappella/plaid-productions-atlas

Duration: 00:28:01

Ep. 2: Justin Crichfield

Justin Crichfield of Vocalight talks ICHSA, A Cappella Academy, and the dynamics of a new pro group! Song: "Kids" by Vocalight https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/kids-single/id1154726652

Duration: 00:18:44

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