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TCU's License To Trill To Host "Aca Live" On Dec. 6th


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Since 2015, License To Trill has been heating up the aca-scene on the Texas Christian University campus, as well as in the Southwest region. This young group is bringing both a sharp style and sound to music that is getting noticed in a major way.

After advancing to the Southwest ICCA Semifinals this past Spring for the first time, the group went on to win the Scholastic Competition at SING! Texas just last month. And we have a feeling they're just getting started. For real, the group is less than two years old!

See the group perform tomorrow night, December 6th, as they host "Aca Live" right on our Facebook Page. The stream begins at 9 PM/CT. While you wait, be sure to check out our exclusive interview with the group below.


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?
 
License to Trill was founded in 2015.
We don't really have any specific influences. Our brand is black and gray/silver undertones to communicate our edginess.
 
2.  What makes License To Trill so special? What makes members join the group versus looking into other student organizations?
 
License to Trill is the first a cappella group at TCU. We strive to create meaningful relationships amongst our members, arrange and perform beautiful music that evokes emotional responses from not only the audience but ourselves, and we are also here to compete and be the best we can be.
 
What draws people to License to Trill is, first off, our professionalism and composure. The second are the testimonies from our members regarding their membership in this group and how much fun they have had.
 
3.  What are some of you all's favorite performances/moments from the past year or few years?
 
One of our favorite moments was traveling to the 2017 ICCA Southwest Semifinals at UCLA in California. We had such an incredible time and developed so many relationships with members of other groups. It was an amazing experience I know all of our members will never forget.
 
Another special moment was the announcement of the 2018 BOCA album and finding out that we had made it on the album for our song "Ride or Die" opb. Brayton Bowman. It was the biggest honor we had ever received and we are still such a young group, so receiving this honor made us awestruck.
 
4. What are some things that you all enjoy doing outside of music as a group?
 
We simply love hanging out with each other. With TCU being a small campus, it is so easy for all of us to get together and have a game/karaoke night.
 
5. Is there a funny memory or awkward moment from a past trip or performance that stands out in your mind?
 
We recently had our Fall Concert titled "Debut" and at this concert we had our new, current vocal percussionist (VP) beatbox battle against our past VP who graduated this past year. He happened to be in town and came to our concert. The crowd lost it! It was really funny! I also awkwardly refereed the battle to make sure there was no bloodshed. 
  
6. You all have an interesting backstory behind your "Breathe Deep TCU" philanthropy event and a cappella concert centered around a founding member. What does it mean to the group to support one of your own like this and what was the experience like hosting a charity event for cancer research?
 
Yes, one of our founders, Sabrina Harb, was very passionate about License to Trill being philanthropic. Her father passed away because of lung cancer and her passion for this "Breathe Deep TCU" philanthropy event was very evident in the success of the event. This event required so much effort from the group, but especially Sabrina.
 
We were always there to support her and carry out this vision with her. It was a great cause we were so glad to have hosted. Though Sabrina has now graduated, her passion is still embedded in this group's core.
 
7. License To Trill was recently crowned the 2017 SING! Texas Champions. As a young group who has only been active for about two years, what do you take away from this win? Is this motivation for the group to seek out more competitions? And how does it feel to be garnering artistic recognition for the TCU campus?
 
Being crowned 2017 Sing! Texas Champions gave us such a boost of confidence! Our new members were able to see their hard work come into fruition, and our old members felt that same rush that we received when we qualified for ICCA Semifinals last spring. We have come so far and it is crazy to see the leaps and bounds we are making in the a cappella world.
 
We are so happy to represent TCU on a stage that it has never been before. We are starting to have students audition with us who say they came to TCU to join License to Trill. That is so crazy awesome! 
 
Yes, we are looking at a couple of competitions in the spring, but we don't want to jinx ourselves so you’re going to have to stay tuned via our social media to hear more.
 
8. Are there any big plans for the future? What do you all hope to accomplish within the next year?
 
We do have plans in the works for an album hopefully coming out next year. We hope to just continue gaining respect in the a cappella world, which I believe we are doing at a tremendous rate already.
 
9. Where do you all draw confidence from in order to be able to perform for large audiences? And is it difficult getting 17 singers to cohesively deliver the same conviction, passion and message for a particular song when you're onstage?
 
Our group understands that each of our performances are for the audience, but it is mostly for us to feel and connect with the music we sing. I think this is what makes our performances so emotional and dramatic. 
 
No, we do not find delivering a unified level of conviction or passion difficult. Before every performance we talk about the songs we are about to sing and discuss what they mean to each of us. If we aren't connected with a song, how can we expect the audience to be?
 
10. What has been the most rewarding part about being in a college a cappella group? Likewise, what has been the most challenging aspect?
 
The most rewarding part about a college a cappella group is the camaraderie. These are some of my best friends, but they're not simply my best friends because we see each other so much, but because each one of these people are so passionate and caring. They care as much for me as they do for the music that they sing. You will never meet a better-quality group of people.
 
11. What are the Top 3 albums/artists the group is currently streaming?
 
Lithium by Faux Paz! It is fire!
 
Brayton Bowman because we have to stick to our roots.
 
Greta Isaac is 100% on brand!
 
12. Anything else you'd like for our audience to know about the group?
 
License to Trill is not slowing down anytime soon! We are on the climb and will continue to bring unseen passion to the stage. Check out our single "Ride or Die" on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.
 
13. Lastly, could you give us some background info on the below photo from your Instagram?
 
https://www.instagram.com/p/Bb-hK2-lDV-/?taken-by=tcu_l2t
 
We are looking to raise $4000 to help fund our album next year, travel costs for new competitions, and release professional videos! We are almost to our goal, but only have a little over a week left so all the support we can get would be truly appreciated! We have a Kickstarter with some pretty cool rewards for those who give at different levels at this link: Kickstarter Link


For more information on TCU's License To Trill, connect with them on their Website, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram.

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