Posted On 06 Dec 2017
Katie Costello recently released her third studio album “Twice the Love,” via REBEL POP Records. Some notable collaborators on the record include Justyn Pilbrow from The Neighborhood, who lent his hand on the production of “Holiday,” and Tim Myers (founding member of One Republic), who produced third single “Here & Now.”
Katie had this to say about the album: “My third album Twice the Love is unlike anything I’ve made before in that each song was written and recorded in a different city with a different creative collaborator. I learned to let go making this album and my wish is that those who listen to it will feel open-hearted, alive, and free spirited in their journey to follow their dreams.”
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“New York Graffiti” YouTube link: https://youtu.be/nPuGEae762M
Twice the Love on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/twice-the-love/id1279293904
Twice the Love on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/7viRVb5H4SqwTwlMU0Ab1C
Learn more about Katie Costello in the following All Access interview here:
Thanks for your time today! Where does this interview find you? Is there music playing in the background? If so, what is it? What music gets you instantly out of a bad mood? What is a song you are loving these days?
I’m at a local cafe right now and there’s pretty groovy music in the background… It sounds like a Spotify playlist of sexy, alt/rock jams. I don’t know who the artist is, but it’s creating a nice vibe… I love floaty, sexy female vocals with r&b beats. Upbeat music instantly gets me out of a bad mood. When there’s a really fantastic beat, it’s so hard not to move and smile. You know when you’re in a bad mood but you can’t stay upset? It’s like that. I love the song “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd.
Growing up, did you always want to be a musician? Can you recall your earliest musical memory? Was there a time where you thought of doing something completely different?
I always wanted to be a musician, artist, songwriter, performer and there was never a time I wanted to do anything different. It’s funny to say that, but it’s true. My first musical memory is singing Disney Princess songs to my mom and brother. I’d ask them, “Can I sing ‘A Whole New World’ and ‘Colors of the Wind’ for you?”
Overall, how do you think 2017 has been for you and music career? What are you most excited about for in 2018? Do you think you will make any New Year’s Resolutions?
2017 has been a big year for me and my music. I released my first EP in a while called “New World” in July, and then released my third full-length album “Twice the Love” in October. My sound has evolved and changed since my last releases, so it’s fun and exciting to share the ever-evolving sound with old and new fans. I’m really excited for 2018, as I’m planning to play more shows and to be featured on some cool releases from other artists. As far as “New Year’s Resolutions” go, I am always interested in growing as a human and an artist. For me, this means cultivating an open, positive attitude towards the unexpected nature of life!
I always like to ask artists about where they came from and how that city or town has influenced them as an artist now. So how do you think your hometown and current home has affected you and your music today?
Where I grew up and where I live now influence my music tremendously. I grew up in the South Bay of Los Angeles in a cool, quiet suburb. Since I started making my first album at 15, I wanted to move to New York City… Finally my dream came true at 18 and I moved from the South Bay to the East Village in NYC. Since living in NYC and more specially Brooklyn, I’ve become a better musician and songwriter. My exposure to different artists and people has changed me. Although NYC is my new hometown, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for California and Los Angeles, which is why I like to split my time between the two.
Let’s talk about your newest and third album “Twice The Love.” What was it like making this collection? Were there any unexpected surprises or challenges during the process?
There were many ups and downs during the making of this album, but like all good things, it was worth it. As an independent artist, there’s a lot to consider when planning to make, promote and release a new album. I had some unexpected surprises in the album order and content… I wasn’t originally planning on having the song “Holiday” on this album, and yet I’m so happy it worked out this way.
What was it like writing and recording each song in a different city with a different collaborator? What that something that you intentionally set out to do before even starting it all?
Great question… I was endeavoring to make my new album in different cities – Nashville, London, Los Angeles, New York, Berlin – but I never imagined it being the album it is now. The song order is completely different than what I had originally imagined… But that’s why I love it so much. It really came together naturally, in an unforced way.
How did you go about selecting the collaborators to work with on this album?
I wanted to work with songwriter/producers who I am creatively compatible with and who’s work I’m inspired by… I like working with people who have good instincts and are not afraid to take risks.
How do you think you have grown as an artist on this new collection? What has stayed the same about your overall songwriting process?
My songwriting has evolved since my former releases, but it’s remained the same in many ways too… My songwriting comes from the heart, from my life experiences. I like unique words and phrases and I like unique chords and surprising sounds. I think people will hear how my sound has become more confident and more pop driven. Writing more upbeat music has been a result of this chapter of my life being more upbeat.
Can you elaborate on the inspiration behind the album’s lead single “New York Graffiti”? How did this particular song get written? Are there other stand-out favorites on the album you would like to talk about writing?
The song “New York Graffiti” came about from my walk to the studio that day in Brooklyn. I was admiring the graffiti all over the sides of buildings, throughout the streets and it struck me that this imagery was a perfect metaphor for putting yourself all out there, living colorfully, and doing what you love, no matter what happens next.
Do you have any final tour dates to wrap up 2017? Where can people see you play live next?
I’ll be playing live shows in Los Angeles and New York in the New Year… And I’ll be announcing them soon. Stay tuned for the dates and details on my website! katiecostellomusic.com
What has a been favorite show of yours in the past? What do you think makes for an ideal performance for you?
One of my favorite shows ever was my recent last show in NYC, playing songs from my new album “Twice the Love”. It was so fun playing with a full band in my favorite city. I also played a song solo on piano… It was nice to give the audience my whole range that night.
What do you think of social media today and the importance of it for artists now? Do you find that it’s hard to keep up with it all?
I like social media but I do find it hard to keep up with. I don’t know if it’s important for artists but I think it’s a fun way to share with friends and fans. Social media is a great opportunity to connect with people and I love that aspect.
We are living in a crazy and at times rough world right now so I am curious how you think being a musician gives you the most joy in life today? How do you think that new music being created today is going to reflect these difficult times?
Music reflects the times, but I don’t know if popular media really celebrates those tracks. In my opinion, the essence of being a musician and creating music is for the purpose and experience of joy. Difficult times help me remember that joy is the most important thing to cultivate, celebrate and share with others.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? What musicians would you absolutely still love to work with in the future?
What do you hope your fans take away from your music? Do you think there is a greater music in your songs?
I hope my fans feel inspired, happy, upbeat and moved to follow their hearts and passions.
What advice would you give to a young person who is thinking about becoming a musician one day?
Never give up what you love doing. Believe in yourself and take risks.
Would you like to share anything else about yourself or your music with our readers?
I hope everyone enjoys my new album “Twice the Love”… It was a journey and adventure making this music and my wish is that it is the soundtrack for other’s journeys and adventures too!