With the amazing success of our very first #AcaLive segment, we thought we'd treat all of the aca-fans with an equally great follow-up.
Join us tomorrow night as Virginia Tech's Juxtaposition (Juxta for short) takes over our Facebook Live to bring you some southern soul, pop, rock and everything in between. The all-male group has been going strong for over two decades and have released eight albums, with some tracks being featured on compilation albums such as BOCA (Best of Collegiate A Cappella) and VoicesOnly.
Learn more about them below and be sure to tune into our Facebook Page
tomorrow at 7:30 PM/ET to see them LIVE!1.Can you tell me about the group's founding? When did the group begin? Any specific influences, past or present that you all can point to that inspire(d) your style?
The group was founded in 1994, by a group of students who enjoyed singing just like we do. Our style isn’t too specific, and changes depending on the artist we are covering.
This helps our repertoire stay current and fresh. 2. What would you say is the group's current focus, if any, when it comes to the songs you all perform today? Any particular style?
Currently, we have songs by Panic! At The Disco, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Mariana’s Trench, Chris Stapleton, and more. No particular style! 3. Juxta currently shares the Virginia Tech campus with various other a cappella groups. How does the group differentiate itself from these other groups? What makes the group so special?
Our brotherhood is a bond like no other. Not only are we made up of very different yet similar personalities, but we take pride in our music, and our past appearances on Best of College A cappella and VoicesOnly reflect our hard work! 4. What current projects are you currently working on? Any new albums, videos, tours, philanthropy, etc.?
We recently released a studio-recorded album, Do Not Disturb
, last April, which is available on iTunes and Spotify. Currently, we have a music video in the works, and will hopefully be released in the Spring. 5. Your group has taken part in attending schools to teach students about a cappella. What inspired this and what does the experience typically entail? What was the overall experience like as well?
We always enjoy having the opportunity to teach kids about music because music connects people of all ages and backgrounds, and we get to know each other throughout the process. We hope to have an impact on each student we work with, and help them develop as a musician, as well as develop each other as a group. 6. What are some things Juxta likes to do outside of music that contributes to your musicality?
Juxta is a brotherhood like no other. Many of us live together, and we are always spending time as a group outside of practice, whether its throwing a Frisbee, watching television, or making our own music (of course), the bond grows stronger every day. 7.What do you think about the current state of a cappella? Do you feel groups like yours get enough attention? Do you ever struggle in getting attendance to performances? Too much competition in the collegiate space?
The a cappella community at Virginia Tech is a very close one. Throughout the semester, we hold concerts where all the groups get together and sing a couple songs to promote our events and merchandise. This helps with getting attendance to shows, and the VT and Blacksburg communities have been very supportive of the music we all create. 8. Are there any big plans for the future? Hoping to try out some new genres, collaborate with other groups, travel to perform, etc.?
We are always looking to travel and perform with other groups! Throughout the semester we plan several get-togethers with other groups to sing and form relationships. As for genres, we take it by each semester and see what kind of genres work best for our group based on past songs. Taking risks is a big part of learning and developing, and we hope to branch out to even more types of music in the future. 9. Have you all ever experienced any weird or unexpected moments at a concert or performance?
There have been a couple instances where the audience has been cheering so loudly (particularly, our own alum) and we can’t hear our pitches when we begin a song, so we have to restart. It has happened only a couple times, but it’s definitely unexpected. 10. When you consider the fact that you are one of many groups at Virginia Tech, what is it like trying to convince new talent to join Juxta versus another campus group?
When audition time rolls around, we take extra measures to promote ourselves, including handing out flyers, singing outside dining halls, and speaking to classes and organizations. It can be a challenge since there are many groups with varying audition dates, but we always manage to find new members that fit our group well! 11. Anything else you'd like for our audience to know about the group?
We just released a studio-recorded album last April called Do Not Disturb
, available on iTunes and Spotify! Also, we have our Spring Concert coming up March 31[sup]st[/sup] at the Lyric Theatre! 12. Lastly, could you give us some background on the below photo from your Instagram account? What was the event, how'd you get involved, what was memorable about it, etc.?Link
For the past few New Years’, we have been fortunate enough to stay at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia to spread music and holiday cheer for the guests. It’s always an amazing time, and this was after a fashion show inside the hotel hosted by Monte Durham from Say Yes to the Dress!
For more information on Juxtaposition, visit their website
and connect with them on Facebook