Q&A: The Filharmonic on 'Pitch Perfect 2,' being Pinoy, and YouTube fame

The Filharmonic even had a riff-off with Anna Kendrick and James Corden on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Watch the video below:

Here’s what the guys had to say about their role, their own brand of music, and being Pinoy:

Tell us how you guys got together as a group. Did you know each other originally? 

I’ve known Barry since we sang together in middle school, so I gave him a call and asked him to join. We knew Trace and VJ from the SoCal a cappella and vocal jazz scene.

Tell us more about your experience on The Sing-Off.

But we had so much fun, met a ton of new friends, and took so much away from the whole experience. 

For me personally, my most memorable moment was right after we sang the last chord of our first song, “Treasure.” That was our first public performance as a group. It was unreal going from behind practice room doors, to performing for the largest platform an a cappella group could ever dream of. 

When the crowd hooped and hollered at the end, that's when I realized that all of our hard work was going to pay off, and this group could actually go somewhere. 

Watch The Filharmonic singing "Treasure" on tour here: 

Now, on to Pitch Perfect 2. What kind of role did you guys play? 

We are all really excited to meet Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow. They were my favorite Bellas!


What do you think differentiates your sound from that of other a cappella groups? 

The tendency of a lot of a cappella groups is to aim for an electronic sound since the a cappella group Pentatonix is finding so much success. In contrast, we’ve sort of found our niche to be more of an R&B/jazz feel incorporated into top 40 hits.

You do a lot of covers, but are you guys looking into making original music, too?

Eventually we want to create original music that we as artists embody and that our listeners would love hearing.

Watch The Filharmonic cover Jason Derulo's "Wiggle" in a seconds-long #Instajam here: 

Tell us about being Pinoy and making it work in America. Do you guys still speak Filipino? What Filipino customs do you guys still observe?

Being that all of us in the group are first-generation Filipinos, we don't have the innate ability to speak fluent Tagalog, however growing up in Filipino households, we do understand the language and can even put together elementary-level phrases if needed to. 

As far as customs observed goes, aside from singing with the magic mic my family personally practices the formal dress wear for special events by wearing traditional dresses and barongs.

My dad makes the best adobo, arroz caldo, pancit– the list goes on and on!

Which fellow YouTube stars do you like and look up to?

Some of our musical influences are Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Boyz II Men, 'N Sync, Ariana Grande, John Legend, Brian McKnight, Take 6, Committed and Pentatonix. 

Watch a snippet from an upcoming collaboration with Fil-Am singer AJ Rafael here: 

What song will you guys be covering next? Who would you like to work with in the future? 

My personal dream collaboration would be to perform with Justin Timberlake, he started in the boyband scene and has flourished into an amazing talented artist who is not only an amazing singer but a very praised performer as well. 

To be able to perform with him and to see all the detail that goes into his craft would be a dream come true and an invaluable life lesson to help us perfect our craft.

– Rappler.com