14 episodes

Counterpoint with Deke and Dietz is a brand new a cappella podcast exploring how the industry got started, where it’s going, and how we’ll get there together. Hosted by award-winning arrangers and musicians Deke Sharon (The Sing-Off, Pitch Perfect, In Transit) and Rob Dietz (The Sing-Off, Glee), each episode features an interview with a premier member of the a cappella community alongside additional segments including signature Counterpoint debates about controversial topics in vocal music, History Minutes, Tales from the Road, Sound Tutorials, and more!

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Counterpoint with Deke and Dietz is a brand new a cappella podcast exploring how the industry got started, where it’s going, and how we’ll get there together. Hosted by award-winning arrangers and musicians Deke Sharon (The Sing-Off, Pitch Perfect, In Transit) and Rob Dietz (The Sing-Off, Glee), each episode features an interview with a premier member of the a cappella community alongside additional segments including signature Counterpoint debates about controversial topics in vocal music, History Minutes, Tales from the Road, Sound Tutorials, and more!

    We Still Ain't Got No Band - A Tribute to Jerry Lawson

    We Still Ain't Got No Band - A Tribute to Jerry Lawson

    Deke and Dietz sit down to discuss the incredible a cappella legacy of Persuasions founder and lead vocalist, Jerry Lawson. Rest in peace, Jerry!

    The Persuasions performing "Buffalo Soldier" in 1971 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGlZQQFqmcc

    • 24 min
    Episode 12 - Mario Jose Sends Us Out On a High Note

    Episode 12 - Mario Jose Sends Us Out On a High Note

    On the final episode of Season 1, Mario Jose joins us to talk about making a career in Los Angeles, singing w/ Pitch Slapped on The Sing-Off & how friendship & hard work landed him gigs singing w/ Pentatonix, John Legend, Meghan Trainor, & more!

    Segments - Tales From the Road w/ Christopher Diaz of The Exchange, & Sound Tutorial w/ Selame Scarlett of Traces.

    Counterpoint - Should groups use effects live?

    Orig Song - "Is It Wrong?" Performed by The Funx. Written by Harry Nichols. Used w/ permission.

    • 55 min
    Episode 11 - Danielle Withers Sings Through the Changes

    Episode 11 - Danielle Withers Sings Through the Changes

    Danielle Withers of Afro Blue joins Deke & Dietz to talk about her path from The Sing-Off to performing with some of the biggest artists in the world, including The Killers, Demi Lovato, and Ariana Grande.

    Segments: Sound tutorial with Deke, & arranger's corner with Ben Bram on his arrangement of Pentatonix's "Can't Help Falling In Love." 

    Counterpoint: Should you move to a major city to start an a cappella group?

    Orig Song: "Uncharted Heart" by Forte. Written by Sophia Rosado. Used w/ permission.

    • 58 min
    Episode 10 - Bill Hare Mixes it Up

    Episode 10 - Bill Hare Mixes it Up

    A cappella veteran, and Grammy winning producer Bill Hare joins Deke and Dietz to talk about how he got his start recording a cappella, his years of collaboration with The House Jacks, and how messing around in the studio led to recorded a cappella as we know it today.

    Segments: Sound Tutorial with Jo Vinson of Musae.

    Counterpoint: Can long-distance groups be successful?

    Original Song: "Isn't It Good to Be in Love Every Day?" by Bassless. Written by Sašo Vrabič. Used with permission.

    • 54 min
    Episode 9 - Adam Chance Gives Us the Lowdown

    Episode 9 - Adam Chance Gives Us the Lowdown

    Home Free baritone, & former Streetcorner Symphony bass, Adam Chance joins Deke & Dietz to share his perspective as a former aca-outsider who has gone on to sing w/ two of the most popular groups of all time! As with most things, it all started in choir...

    Segments: Arranger's corner w/ Clare Wheeler of The Swingle Singers, & Tales from the Road w/ VJ Rosales.

    Counterpoint: Awards in a cappella.

    Original Song: "Picturing You" by Streetcorner Symphony (written by Jeremy Lister). Used w/ permission.

    • 59 min
    Episode 8 - Kid Beyond Lays Down the Foundation

    Episode 8 - Kid Beyond Lays Down the Foundation

    Kid Beyond joins Deke & Dietz to talk about the process of developing vocal percussion as we know it today, what it was like evolving into a solo act, & what the evolution of modern a cappella has looked like to someone who was there at the start!

    Segments: In honor of ICCA finals - History Minute abt the ICCA MTV pilot, & competition advice from our friends at Acaville Radio. 

    Counterpoint - Should groups use outside arrangers?

    Original Song - I Shall Be Free by Kid Beyond. Used with permission.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

Remington Jones ,

Deke Sharon and Rob Dietz: the dynamic duo

Two giants of the a cappella world combine in a mix of professional insight and casual fun that is both entertaining and educational. The guests so far have been fantastic and exciting, and the varied segments even include “How To” portions to teach you how to make some of the iconic sounds in modern a cappella songs.

If you are at all interested in a cappella, you need to hear this podcast. At the very least, listen to the last five minutes, when they feature an original song from a favorite group. These hidden gems will inspire you.

The Music Instigator ,

So Great!

Absolutely love this podcast. It's a must for a cappella enthusiasts. The interviews are great and the various segments they include are very informative. Thanks so much for doing this, guys!

cprice11 ,

Just what it should be

I love every section of this program. Listening to the perspectives of THE a cappella legends and getting amazing advice never gets old. It’s exactly what I want.

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