Band Q&A – Young Culture

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!


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