Young Culture are a quartet from Albany, New York! Their members are;
- Alex Magnan
- Gabe Pietrafesa
- Troy Burchett
- Nick Cavin
1. Who are your top 3 influences?
Gabe: Fall Out Boy, The 1975, All Time Low.
Alex: Me, myself, my mom.
2. How does it feel gaining quite a lot of fans and exposure in such a short time?
Gabe: Feels pretty unbelievable. I’m really happy our music is making a positive impact on people.
Alex: It feels unreal, we’re so thankful for it too!
3. How does touring differ now to than 2015/16?
Gabe: I think we are just a bit smarter about it now! Still have a lot to learn and a lot more touring to do but it just keeps getting more fun. Shows are also a lot better lol.
Alex: What gabe said! It’s so cool seeing our fanbase grow and seeing how a lot of the same people from the start still come out!
4. What is your song writing process?
Gabe: Typically Alex brings us an idea and we all kinda work together to bring it to life!
Alex: Right, I’ll typically write a song on my guitar and then send it to the guys and we’ll turn it into a full band joint.
5. What do you hope to achieve a year from now?
Gabe: Tour Europe/UK!
Alex: Learn how to read…
6. What was ‘Young Culture’s first gig experience like?
Gabe: Was freaking awesome. We played to like 25 of our closest friends and family in a local firehouse.
Alex: It was a fun time, I used a sample pad for just that one show and we played a bunch of songs off our first EP “YOU”.
7. What has been your biggest challenge so far?
Gabe: Personally, I guess just keeping a positive attitude when not on tour or in the studio. Home life can be a bit mundane and gets to me a little. That’s probably the most challenging.
Alex: I’d probably say the same. All good things take time so the waiting gets a bit discouraging, but we’re often reminded how awesome we have it from the people who support us.
8. What is your favourite thing about performing?
Gabe: Getting to see so many people vibe with the band and our music.
Alex: Walking out onto the stage and hearing the crowd’s reaction really gets me hyped. Being able to see the crowd sing words that I wrote is really special to me.
9. Your latest single was last year! Will we hear anything new soon?
Alex: 2020 baby!
10. What is inspiring your upcoming songs?
Gabe: I think we all have such a huge vision for our first album. The idea of a debut album is deff inspiring me for everything.
Alex: I think this new album we’re writing is really a reflection on youth. The band is young culture so it’s only right that we make an album about how it feels being young, am I right?
11. What do you do when you’re not musically involved?
Gabe: Lots of skateboarding, going to the gym, and working.
Alex: Mainly working out and working. I try to fill my time with things that will keep me productive!
12. Where would you most like to tour?
Gabe: Australia has always been a lil goal of mine since before we even toured the US.
Alex: Still really wanna do the UK and EU, also Japan, just seem like really fun places to play and go to!
13. Who has the worst dress sense?
Gabe: Our fill in member, Mike. He’ll bring 5 outfits to chose from because he knows we won’t like them.
Alex: Every day before we go on stage we say “Mike, you’re not actually wearing that on stage right?” lol.
14. Funniest show story?
Gabe: We played an after-prom party once. That was funny.
Alex: One time I lost a game of odds and had to stare at someone in the eyes for a whole song. Good times. Also lots of voice cracks, those are fun.
15. Pizza! What’s your favourite toppings?
Gabe: Been into BBQ chicken lately. But the real kicker is getting a side of blue cheese to dip in.
Alex: Can never go wrong with buffalo chicken pizza but I’ll eat anything if its there to be honest.
16. Who’s the most annoying?
Gabe: I feel like probably me, but in a loving way.
Alex: Honestly, I think we do a good job of knowing when we’re getting on each others nerves. Everyone’s got their things I guess.
17. Who has the worst tattoo?
Gabe: Our manager has a Boys Like Girls tattoo that he got when he was 16 and it says “Throw It Away, Forget Yesterday” etc. I never let him live that down.
Alex: Considering gabe is the only one in YC who has a tattoo right now… probably our manger Joe.
18. Fast forward and you’re millionaires. What do you do with the money?
Gabe: Buy my mom and dad a crib!
Alex: buy gabes mom and dad a crib!