It can be extremely hard to determine who has better taste in music. But, when a person is a musician themself, you have to assume they know their stuff. And that is the case for Gabe Puccio, the senior Biology major who plays the drums and uses inspiration from many different genres.
Gabe’s pick for the album that has had the most influence on him is Kanye West’s fourth studio album 808s and Heartbreak. The album which features an eclectic mix of hip-hop, synth-pop and R&B influence Gabe’s love for percussion. He says, “I have always been someone who feels motion and rhythms….I just love the rhythms of hip-hop. I would always be listening to the drum parts.” The idea idea of playing the drums came naturally to Gabe, considering that he remembers being in his own world and constantly tapping on the desks in school.
When I asked Gabe about his current favorite album he easily said with a smile, “Shvat by TATRAN.” He explained that he found the Israeli trio from a long Youtube rant. He eagerly described the group’s cover of the Beatles ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ as “next level.” He described how each group member brought something new and brilliant to the song and giving particular praise to the group’s drummer, Dany Mayo. “I hope that by listening to him, I absorb some of his awesomeness.”
Gabe currently plays in two bands and is loving it. The first, The Redwood Trio, is a departure from a band originally created in high school. With inspiration from jazz, blues and John Mayer the group plays locally. The second band, Gabe found from a chance encounter from an Open Mic. While there, he met an amazingly talented 13 year old who was already making music and performing on his own. Gabe reached out and four months later created Battle Studies.
Lastly, Gabe’s choice for the album that could represent him as a person is Lonerism by Tame Impala. He first heard the Australian group his freshman year at Fredonia and classifies it at “neo-psychedelic.” The album was one that introduced Gabe to new styles and genres he’d never really heard before. He says “I was really one-track minded and so it was mind blowing. There is a whole 360 degree spectrum of what music could be like.”