A cappella was further engrained into mainstream culture by way of the big screen in 2012,with the release of Pitch Perfect, a movie about the collegiate a cappella scene–a scene that has exploded before our very ears in recent years. The movie spent a considerable amount of time at the top of the box office and the soundtrack fared exceptionally well on the popular music charts. Fortunately, The House Jacks had a hand in this a cappella landmark as well. As you may well know, the audition scene in the movie featured a House Jacks arrangement of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone”, which can be heard on The House Jacks’ live album, “Get Down Mr. President”.
Here’s the scene from the movie!
As for behind-the-scenes involvement, Deke wore a number of ‘hats’ in the production of the movie, including Vocal Producer, Music Director, and Arranger…and that of Male Voice #1!
Here, you can see Deke prepping the cast for the big screen.
As a matter of fact, Pitch Perfect was so successful that the producers and cast decided to create a sequel. As if there were any doubt, Deke was brought on board once again in the role of vocal producer, as well as lending his vocal and arranging talents to the mix.
As you may have noticed, one BIG thing was missing from the first movie. That thing is simply this: SUPERHUMAN low notes. The producers decided to rectify that problem in the sequel by bringing in THJ’s own Elliott Robinson into the mix as Ringer #3 to deliver on the sub-50 Hz goodness (as well as other vocal lines scattered about the movie) that you know and love him for. Pitch Perfect 2 shot in 2014 and released on May 15, 2015.
The start to 2013 saw the release of a new a cappella entertainment news series, Inside A Cappella. Throughout the course of this weekly YouTube periodical, one can see a some of a cappella’s leading personalities and artists sharing tips, giving accolades, ranting, or just making a fool of themselves. Do not be surprised to see a House Jack make an appearance every once in awhile.
For instance, Mr. Pointer, here.
What’s that you say? The voices in the intro sound oddly familiar? You’re right on the money—once again, the voices of The House Jacks.
WRAPPING IT UP…
The House Jacks are beyond excited to see the a cappella movement go from big, to huge, to colossal. We look forward to not only staying involved with the movement, but perpetually innovating, twisting and bending the genre, and sharing our music and adventures with you incredible people, both near and far.
Aca-hungry? Come get fed. Aca-thirsty? Come get quenched. THJ has your back.