In honor of the 2017 ICCA tournament, The A Cappella Blog pursued short interviews with competing groups to develop insights into why and how groups approach competition, and to get appropriately excited for the tremendous shows ahead of us.
What’s your group name and on what date is your group’s quarterfinal?
Our group name is UC Berkeley Dil Se, and our quarterfinal is taking place on February 25 in Redwood City, CA.
How long has your group been around? Have you competed before?
Dil Se was founded in 2004 as UC Berkeley's first South Asian Fusion a cappella group. We have competed in ICCA in the past, the most recent time being at last year's quarterfinal hosted in Berkeley, where one of our singers won the Best Soloist Award for the night.
Why are you competing this year? What does your group hope to accomplish or get out of the experience?
This year, our team has a lot of new members who are especially excited about ICCA. We've done a lot of basic training and rebuilding, so ICCA is a very special opportunity for us to showcase new talents.
How is your group preparing for competition?
We are continuing with three practices a week to perfect our pieces and make sure everyone is getting excited for the competition!
If you were to describe your group, or the set your group is planning for competition with just three words, what would they be?
Our group is: exciting, dedicated, and like a family.