FAQ

Who are you guys?

We’re still not sure.  But check out our About page to learn as much as we know so far.

Why are you doing this show?

We’re absolutely obsessed with great a cappella, and we wanted to create a platform where we could shine a spotlight on some of the best (and occasionally some of the worst).  Frankly, we were having these conversations well before we ever thought of doing this show, so really this is a public version of discussions we were already having.

Where and how do you record the show?

We get this question a LOT.  Dave lives in Salt Lake City, and Christopher lives in Virginia, so it’s definitely a challenge.  We each sit in our own quiet recording spaces while we talk on the phone.  Then we swap talking audio files, and then one of us mixes up the show in ProTools like a big stew.  Tasty.

Where do you get your ideas for show segments?

We are constantly, tragically, obsessively listening to and watching and participating in a cappella.  The show’s segments are a natural byproduct of our experiences, our inspirations from friends and heroes, and just our general a cappella thoughtification.  If you’ve got an idea for a new segment, give us a holler.

Where do you get all your clips?

Every single thing we play on the show is legally purchased.  We buy albums from groups directly or we buy the tracks individually on iTunes, Amazon mp3, or wherever.  We encourage you to do the same.

We’re also very fortunate that many groups send us their albums for free!  Thank you!

What are those songs playing underneath your voices?

Most of our bedtracks are the brainchild of our good friend Marty Gasper, who is a founding member/bass/vocal percussionist for Blue Jupiter.  We also play beds contributed by The House Jacks, James Cannon, Alex Green, or ones we invented ourselves.

If I send you our album, will you feature my group’s music on your show?

Maybe.  If we get free stuff, it’s certainly more likely we’ll play it (though of course we can’t make any promises).  Please send a copy along with an explanatory cover letter, to

Dave Brown
625 E 200 S #5
Salt Lake City, UT 84102

Please make sure you let us know the soloist, vocal percussionist, arranger, songwriter, original artist (if a cover), recording/tracking engineer, editor, and mixer for every track on the album.  Please also tell us who mastered the whole album.

If there are interesting stories or tidbits behind the project or individual tracks, please let us know.  The more info we have, the better.

We strongly prefer to receive physical CDs, but if your release is digital only, or if you’re sending us copies prior to the public street date, use our Contact page to send us a message, and we’ll respond right away letting you know where to send the files.

Can I advertise my group/product/company/event on your show?

Probably!  We’re happy to consider all offers.  Hit us up on our Contact page, and we’ll get back to you like way quick.

Does your show have an RSS feed?

Everything we post:
feed://www.mouthoffshow.com/feed/

Just the episodes:
feed://www.mouthoffshow.com/feed/podcast/

Is it really a cappella if singers use all those effects?

Depends on your definition of a cappella.  Some people recognize that almost all performance requires technology — is it really a cappella if you use a microphone?  Taking that a step further, an electric guitar doesn’t sound like a guitar, but most people would still call it a guitar if they heard it.  Many in the a cappella community are happy to use every tool they have at their advantage!

On the other hand, some fans consider effects from a computer to be equivalent to an instrument, destroying the “true” a cappella nature of the recording.  There’s certainly some merit to that view, although most of those people also tend to prefer to listen to recordings with pitch correction and EQ, which distort the original recording more than almost anything else.

Some find a happy medium by saying it’s okay to use effects, but it should still “sound a cappella.”

So who knows?!  The debate continues…

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