Journalist of the Week: Adam Kozdrowicz

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Journalist of the Week goes out to Adam Kozdrowicz for his excellent contributions to CV. In addition to what he's already written, we anticipate some pretty awesome pieces from this freshman as he continues to write for us. If you haven't read it yet, check out his latest review of his now favorite album To Pimp a Butterfly. To honor his unbelievable timing and excellent writing in this piece, we decided to ask him a few questions... Q: Why did you join Campus Vinyl?

I love helping people discover new music and I wanted to learn more about online publishing, so I figured that Campus Vinyl would be a good fit.

Q: In your bio, you talk about growing up in a musical household. What was that like and how did it affect your music tastes as you’ve grown up?

Growing up in a musical household didn’t really affect my musical tastes, but it definitely gave me a greater appreciation for how music is made. When I’m listening to a song, I actually tend to focus less on the lyrics and more on the instrumentals instead of the other way around. I also find myself wondering a lot of times how a particular musician made a particular part in a song, like what instruments and effects he or she used.

Q: Most of your articles concentrate on rap. What is it about the genre that you like so much and how did you first start listening?

My friends got me listening to rap in about the 7th grade, so I’ve been listening to the genre for a long time. What I like about the genre the most is that it offers me a break from reality; I could never do half of the things some rappers rap about but sometimes it’s cool to pretend you’re living that kind of lifestyle. Also, I just find the whole scene extremely interesting to follow. Some of these newest guys have come from some of the worst neighborhoods in America and with nothing but a beat and a mic they’ve managed to make a name for themselves.

Q: Tell us about some new music you’re listening to right now and why you’re into it.

Obviously, I’m going to have to say To Pimp a Butterfly here, since it’s one of the most creative albums I’ve heard in a long time. If I were to give a more original answer, however, I’d say that lately I’ve been revisiting 2014 Forrest Hills Drive and realizing that it’s a really, really good album. I think that J. Cole is one of the most underrated rappers out there lyrically, and that in a few years he may very well reach the same status as Drake or Kendrick Lamar. Hopefully, his supposed future album with Kendrick Lamar will boost his career.

Q: What else are you involved in on campus?

I cohost The Late Night Show with Jude and Adam on WVBU.com, Bucknell’s student run radio station. Our show is weekly on Thursday nights from 11pm to 12am and I highly recommend for people to check it out. We’re usually playing some of the hottest and newest music out there. I am also an intramural referee, which is a pretty fun job.

Q: There are a lot of exciting events happening in music this spring on campus (House Party, Bison Sound, Chrysalis, etc.) Which are you most excited about and why?

I am the most excited for House Party Weekend by far. Being a freshman, this will be my first one and I have heard nothing but good things about it. Hopefully the weather will be good enough and not too cold.

10 Fast Favorites:

Song? "Know Yourself"

Album? To Pimp a Butterfly

Artist? Kanye West

Concert? Kid Cudi

Instrument? Piano

Music service? (Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes, etc.) Soundcloud

Movie? Fight Club

Color? Blue

Freez flavor? Strawberry

On-campus study spot? My desk