In our humble opinions, the word “A cappella” has become sort of taboo. An immediate reference is drawn to specific sub-cultures within the genre, such as doo-wop, barbershop, or collegiate chorus. While all of these forms are great, MO5AIC represents a much different face of the A cappella experience – and one that is not easily definable.
That’s why Mo5aic stopped using the word “A cappella” to describe their sound. It’s true – they don’t use instruments. Fine. Great. Next. They don’t use that as a way to attempt to draw distinction. In fact, they’d like people to forget about that aspect. For them the voice is the instrument. It’s the raw starting point for the sound. The way the voices are then arranged, tweaked and manipulated are how they define their sound. The way they choose to amplify, or distort, or alter the voice is really no different than how a guitar player might route through a distortion pedal or effects bank. The voice is the block they build upon. So in that regard, they are a sort of hybrid between a band and an A cappella group.
At it’s core – they create “vocally driven” music that could sonically hold it’s own next to any full instrumentation. That’s what they are. That’s what they do. Vocally Driven Music. But how did this all start? Read on if you’re interested. Otherwise, just click on contact and book them already!
In December of 2007, they submitted a video to CBS News’ The Early Show, in their nationwide search for “The Next Great A cappella Group.” The contest would be judged by their personal idols Boyz II Men. They won. That was truly a surreal moment. Boyz II Men were pioneers in the very genre they were trying to change. Through that experience they gained the respect and mutual admiration from a group they’d looked up to. I’ll never forget the day when Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) pulled up his iPhone and started playing one of their tracks. They were on to something.
In 2008, MO5AIC garnered more attention through a show called MTV’s Top Pop Group. It was a premise similar to any talent show, but with “pop groups,” as the contestants. MO5AIC was the only “A cappella” group, and in retrospect was most likely thrown in for pure entertainment value. They were immediately asked to use instruments by execs and had to fight to keep their all-vocal sound. This reinforced every notion that a cappella was still being viewed as a novelty by most. While the show was ultimately cut-short due to lack of viewership, they won the contest, much to the surprise of these executives who’d been insisting they use instruments. This most definitely got some wheels spinning in the minds of those very producers. I’ll never forget when one such executive approached me about a spin-off show, but this time using ONLY a cappella groups. I remember stifling a slight internal chuckle. Welcome to the party. Welcome to their world Mr. Producer. This show would go on to become NBC’s The Sing Off. (Ironically, they were unable to participate in the show due to their connection to MTV’s Top Pop Group, but a small victory took place that day and they’re ok with it).
Since that time, MO5AIC has opened for such superstars as Prince, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas, Stevie Wonder and Jay Leno. MO5AIC performed alongside Joey Fatone for TV Guide Network’s 51st Grammy Awards red carpet event, and later for the Academy Awards. They’ve comfortably made Las Vegas their home and are currently performing at the Shimmer 8:30PM (select nights) in the LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. And if you ever happen to be on an RCCL cruise, you might spot us. They occasionally headline aboard the Allure and the Oasis of the Seas (think Titanic x 2, minus the iceberg).
As for their future – all I can say is hang on tight. They have some crazy stuff in the works.