Anyone who’s owned a TV since 2009 is familiar with shows and movies featuring a capella groups. Shows like Glee and The Sing-Off, as well as movies like Pitch Perfect (Soon to be a trilogy) introduced and reintroduced America to vocal harmony and show choirs. These groups are so popular that odds are pretty good you’ve heard a Pentatonix song recently, or have even been to one of their shows.
Jeff Smith is a member of m-pact, an a capella group that combines sophisticated harmonies and arrangements with powerful vocal rhythm sections. Jeff is also a performing member of the group. According to him, the band started in Seattle in 1995 by recent graduates from the University of Washington and the University of Northern Colorado. “As is often the case,” he says, “band members leave the group to pursue other endeavors, so the line-up changed gradually over time.
The origins of the name are shrouded in mystery, but as legend has it, the ‘m’ stands for ‘music’, and the ‘pact’ refers to the agreement that, no matter what, the MUSIC would always come first.”
Over the years, m–pact has become known for taking classic hits of the past (Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind & Fire, etc) and re-working them in new and imaginative ways. “That is something that we will continue to do.”
Last year, however, two of the founding members of the group left, which prompted Jeff to give the band a bit of a reboot. After bringing on five new members, he decided that the best way to introduce the new m-pact would be to put together a slammin’ new music video.
“We thought this would be a great way to introduce the world to the “new” version of m–pact.”
And that’s where Wrapal comes in.
M-pact decided to shoot a video for their cover of Jon Bellion’s “Guillotine”. With an idea in mind, they got in contact with several warehouse owners on Wrapal, eventually going with Electric Pony Studios, run by Jen and Leila. Electric Pony has been featured on our blog before (For a refresher you can read their interview here!), and they were excited to give m-pact the chance to realize their vision.
The Guillotine video stands as a testament to the versatility of warehouses*; that with a wet floor, smoke, an amazing fire dancer, and some creativity, there’s no limit to what you can accomplish!
According to Jeff, part of the new m-pact is an increased focus on video production. The group has already released two videos, and plan on releasing more as time goes by. “It was incredible!” says Jeff of the shoot. “We can’t wait to work with them [Wrapal] again!” Neither can we!
Check out the Guillotine video here!
*Expect “The Versatility of Warehouses: The BLT Story” next summer wherever fine books on warehouses are sold