Dynamic, effervescent and unapologetic, Pitch Slapped is the very embodiment of its name – a force of musical nature that has, in its brief existence, taken the a cappella world by storm.
Founded in 2006, they have already reached the finals of the International Championship of Collegiate A cappella (ICCA) twice, took second place in their first visit, and are at present the reigning champions after their second. Last fall, they took on a stage even larger than the ICCA’s world-renowned Lincoln Center when they landed a spot on NBC’s hit a cappella competition show “The Sing-Off.”
Pitch Slapped hails from the Berklee College of Music, but the group hopes to bring its bold and contemporary work far beyond the Boston area. Two major initiatives are in the works – a tour of the west coast in January of next year, and the release of their first full-length studio album in May of 2012.
“We have been so fortunate in the past few years to perform on stages all over the northeast for amazing audiences,” said Derek Jayson, business manager of Pitch Slapped. “For our five-year anniversary we have decided to go on our first tour, and share our passion and excitement for a cappella music.”
That is why Pitch Slapped has put together a Kickstarter campaign, to allow fans the nation – and the world – over the chance to support them in this endeavor. A popular and wildly effective fundraising tool in the a cappella community, Pitch Slapped hopes their Kickstarter campaign will raise the funds needed to do what they do best – use their combined performing prowess to get audiences near and far genuinely excited about a cappella music.
They aim to raise $6,000 by September 4, 2011. As with all Kickstarter campaigns, if they fall short of their goal, they will not receive any assistance.
No matter how this campaign turns out, Jayson noted that there are two continued and unwavering points of pride and gratitude felt deeply by each member of Pitch Slapped – their unifying perseverance, and the continued support of their nearest and dearest.
“Every one of us loves what we do… (but) like every group project in life, you run into obstacles here and there – the way that we work through them is something I think we are all really proud of,” he stated. “(And) our family, friends and fans have always been amazing supporters of what we do. We wouldn’t have been able to accomplish all that we have without them, and we owe everything we will be doing in the future to their support.”
Added Jayson, “We really hope we can build up enough support for this project, and make our goals for this year a reality.”