Journalists of the Week: Freshmen Writers!
Campus Vinyl BucknellU is fortunate enough to welcome 3 super talented writers to our staff this semester. Adam Kozdrowicz comes to us from Walpole, MA and will be gracing the WVBU radio station with his DJing talent. Gigi Joudrie brings with her a more international perspective from Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, so hopefully we’ll be seeing some “weird French-Canadian folk band” reviews in the near future. Finally, Staci Dubow will be bringing her fabulous Philadelphia-inspired influences to the team. To get their unique perspectives on music and life, I asked them a few questions and combined their go-to songs into a mega playlist for your enjoyment.
If your life had a soundtrack and you could only pick two musicians/bands to play every track, who would they be and why?
Adam: For my first musician I would pick Kanye West because of how versatile his music is and because I think that he will still be producing new music longer than almost anybody else. This would mean that I would be able to look forward to new content for a very long time, and not get bored with his style. If you look at what he’s done so far it’s really incredible; he’s gone from soul beats to electro pop to epic anthems to minimalistic, raw in-your-face sound. Every album after Late Registration has been significantly different in some way from the next, and it’s always awesome to see what he’ll come up with next.
For my second musician I would pick Kid Cudi because of how fine a line he walks between a singer and a rapper. Furthermore, I find his music probably the most relatable out of anyone else’s out there. When I want feel-good vibes, Kid Cudi comes on. Albeit, he hasn’t put out anything remotely noteworthy since Man on the Moon Vol. II, I still feel like he deserves the second spot. Also, I’ve heard that Man on the Moon III is currently in the works and is actually being produced by someone else rather than himself finally, so I’m excited to see how that project will turn out.
Staci: This is tough; it feels like such a commitment, but probably Bob Dylan and The Dave Matthews Band. I was actually introduced to both through my parents who are major influences on my music taste. Bob Dylan has the most soulful voice I’ve ever heard. His music really just gets to me. And Dave Matthews has a sick voice backed by great instrumentals.
Gigi: Thank god I’ve put thought into this one before: the Velvet Underground (not Macaulay Culkin’s pizza-themed cover band) and King Krule. I’ve often found comfort in the Velvet Underground and never have I ever felt the need to skip to the next song no matter which track comes on. Also Lou Reed is important. I chose King Krule because he has the most hauntingly beautiful voice I have ever come across. I could listen to him sing whatever all day every day for the rest of my life and there would be no complaints.
If you could change/improve one thing about Bucknell’s music scene, what would it be?
Adam: I wish that the Bucknell administration would invest more money into the music department so that Bucknell could get some sort of music studio going. Students could then go in there and record with their bands, or perhaps take lessons to learn how the equipment works. It’s silly that in order to learn these kinds of things you have to go to a separate music school or institution. Liberal Arts colleges like Bucknell should offer music producing and mixing courses as part of the curriculum.
Staci: There is so much untapped potential in Bucknell’s music scene. Opening up spaces like 7th street and even the quad to artists would be a great way to get people to come out and share their talent. I also wish that we brought some smaller name bands from outside of campus. It would be awesome if Campus Vinyl could have a role in reaching out to lesser-known artists to bring them to Bucknell!
Gigi: As a freshman I’ve noticed that it’s hard to come to college and express all of your interests outright to a bunch of people you’ve never really met before. I feel like there’s a lot of people who keep their music tastes to themselves and just kind of settle for what the vast majority is into. I think it would be interesting to have Bucknell’s Campus Vinyl readers submit artists and songs that they’re interested in and want to CVBU to report on! That way we can continue to expand the music horizons of all Bucknellians as well as connect with our readers.
What genre, artist, or group do you listen to when you need a good stress relief?
Adam: For a good stress relief I’d yet again have to go with Kid Cudi or Drake perhaps. Kid Cudi’s “All Along”, “Up Up & Away”, and “Creepers” are some of the first songs that pop into my head, but there are countless numbers of them. They’re pretty much all either from Man on the Moon Vol. I or Man on the Moon Vol. II. Half of Drake’s music is great for relaxing as well, so putting him into this category is a no brainer. “Crew Love” is an incredible song to take it easy to, along with “From Time”, “Successful”, and “Shot for Me”. You really can’t go wrong.
Staci: I always listen to indie and folk when I need to zone out. The Lumineers, The Paper Kites, Bon Iver, Vance Joy and Cat Power are all great!
Gigi: I’m definitely more of a classic/alternative rock gal when it comes to stress relief or just chilling out. Most recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Sampha, Toro Y Moi, Vance Joy, and Chet Faker when I need to relax. If I were to toss a few of my more consistently listened to artist in the mix I’d say Cage the Elephant, Alt-J, and City and Colour.
What’s the best concert you have ever been to?
Adam: I went to Drake’s Club Paradise Tour a few years back and it was really fun. We got to see 2 Chainz when “No Lie” had just come out and he was still relatively unknown. Drake introduced him by saying that he brought one of his closest friends with him and that he was about this high and had dreads this long and everybody was like oh my gosh he brought Lil Wayne…then this 2 Chainz guy shows up and everybody’s like who is this dude? They killed it together though, and I wish I would have known how big he would get in the next two years because I definitely would have appreciated him more. Drake also performed this sweet rendition of “Crew Love” that promptly made it my favorite Drake song to this day. All in all, the concert was a great time and I would love to see him live again someday.
Staci: I’ve been to more John Mayer concerts than I care to admit and they have all been amazing! I also saw Jay-Z and Kanye at Made in America, which was incredible! Oh and Phoenix at Made in America! That’s more than one but I just love live music!
Gigi: It’s definitely a tie between Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse. Arcade Fire because well, Arcade Fire. The only word that comes to mind to describe the concert is euphoric (my girl crush on Régine Chassagne may also play a strong role in my decision). Modest Mouse however is a close second because I got to see Isaac Brock tell the “fan” next to me off for calling them out on not playing their more popular songs. It went a little bit like: “Lady, we’re artists not a f**king juke box” then he proceeded to rip “Bukowski” on the banjo. Definitely one of the coolest moments I have ever experienced live in concert.