About Warren Cuccurullo

_jdr7674-edit-edit2A musical genius born of Frank Zappa, honed by Missing Persons, a talent matured to award-winning international acclaim with Duran Duran, Warren Cuccurullo has truly emerged as a musician’s musician.

Born and raised in the Canarsie neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, Warren started playing drums at an early age before moving over to guitar so he could jam with friends. By his teens, Warren had become a die-hard Frank Zappa fan, and for much of the decade, would travel far and wide to catch Zappa in concert. It wasn’t long before he became friends with members of Zappa’s backing band, and eventually, Zappa himself. He appeared in a backstage segment for Zappa’s concert movie Baby Snakes, and soon enough got the phone call he’d been waiting for. Warren was invited to try out to for a coveted vacant guitar slot in the band. Cuccurullo got the gig, appearing on tour with Frank, and on such albums as Joe’s Garage: Acts 1-3, Shut Up & Play Yer Guitar, Tinseltown Rebellion, and volumes one, four, and six of the You Can’t Do That on Stage Anymore series. After his tenure with Zappa, Warren moved on to form the new wave outfit Missing Persons, along with fellow Zappa alumni Terry Bozzio (drums) and Dale Bozzio (vocals). The band enjoyed success early on with such hit singles as “Words” and “Destination Unknown,” from their gold-certified debut album Spring Session M. The band toured internationally and released 2 more albums; Rhyme and Reason, and Color in Your Life. But with growing internal tensions in the band, Missing Persons eventually broke up. Coincidentally, Warren got word from an insider that one of the world’s most popular pop groups, Duran Duran, was about to lose founding guitarist Andy Taylor, and he inquired about joining. Cuccurullo was soon invited onboard (and quickly included as an official band member). Went on to record and write on Duran Duran’s subsequent albums: Notorious, Big Thing, Liberty, the self-titled release “The Wedding Album” (for which Warren was awarded songwriting honors from ASCAP), Thank You, Medazzaland (which included Cuccurullo’s composition ‘Electric Barbarella’ – a pioneer in online music sales), and Pop Trash.

Songs penned by Warren Cuccurullo during that time have been covered repeatedly by artists as diverse as Sean Kingston and Luciano Pavarotti._jdr7478-edit-4

Despite an intense schedule, Warren’s immense creativity afforded him the opportunity to work on several side projects and write, produce and record solo albums including Thanks to Frank, Machine Language, Roadrage, The Blue featuring Shankar, and numerous TV Mania tracks with Duran Duran keyboardist Nick Rhodes, including a couple for Blondie.

Cuccurullo eventually left Duran Duran when it was announced that its original lineup was reuniting. Warren has since continued to further his business interests investing in restaurants, forming a music production company and continues to write and record, including a 2009 reunion with Terry Bozzio for Playing In Tongues and a project called The Rose Vortex, releasing a jazz-infused improvisational rock fusion album called Free Express-O Machine.

Warren has been actively involved in the EDM market working with cutting-edge producers to remix and to write new tracks, embracing the latest sounds from Dub-Step to Electro and Glitch, all while assembling an all-star band to take a new look at his body of work, as Persons 2.0. Warren has also been working on releasing a personal project he did in collaboration with Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran called TV Mania. This project originated as a social commentary on the state of media and will be released Spring 2013, featuring stunning new remixes by some of today’s most cutting-edge artists.

weddingalbum2013 marked the 20th anniversary of Duran Duran/”The Wedding Album”

Read Duran Duran’s reflections on the making of Duran Duran/”The Wedding Album”

Excerpt: “I feel I have to credit Warren, in large part, for getting this album on track and keeping it there, helping us ultimately to hit those Billboard Bullseye’s. From beginning to end Warren kept a watchful eye over all the recording, overdubs, mixes and expenses. He really got to flex those muscles of his, which were considerably bigger at album’s end than they were at the outset!” – John Taylor

Awards

Brit Award – Outstanding Contribution to Music

Ivor Novello Award – “Ordinary World” – Best Song Musically & Lyrically

Ivor Novello Award – Outstanding Contribution to Music

ASCAP Performing Right Society – “Ordinary World” – Songwriting

ASCAP Performing Right Society – “Come Undone” – Songwriting

MTV Video Music Award – Lifetime Achievement Award