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Exposed Vocals: So tell us your story. Where did you grow up? What made you decide to become an artist?
I grew up in the South Bay of Los Angeles and ever since I can remember I wanted to be an artist, songwriter and performer. Singing was my favorite thing to do growing up and I wrote my first song at 13 years old. I was very shy as a little kid but I eventually broke out of my shell and started performing my songs live around LA. I starting making my first album at age 15 and released it at age 17. I moved to New York City at 18 to pursue my dream of being an artist in my favorite city. Nine years since my first album release, I’m so grateful to still be writing music, making records, and sharing them with others.
Exposed Vocals: Since everyone was a start-up once, can you give any smaller or local bands or artists looking to get gigs and airplay some tips?
Be authentic, believe in yourself and don’t be discouraged if things don’t go your way. Take risks, be fearless and joyful. Music is about doing what you love.
Exposed Vocals: Do you ever make mistakes during performances? How do you handle that?
Haha, of course I do! Everyone makes mistakes live. I remind myself that “mistakes” are marks of a living experience. It’s impossible to have genuine music without human imperfections that make it special.
Exposed Vocals: Do you tour? Anything interesting happen on tour that you think our readers would enjoy hearing about?
Yes, I love touring… I’ve been playing shows since I was a teenager, so I have stories for days about different funny experiences performing live. One of my favorites is my keyboard blowing up while on tour in Germany. It didn’t really blow up, but it came close to it… There’s a difference in the power of their electrical outlets. I learned this the hard way!
Exposed Vocals: Any planned studio upgrades? What are you working with now?
When I’m at home, I primarily use a Neumann live condenser mic, Nord Electro 3 (61 note) and Apogee Duet.
Exposed Vocals: How do you find ways to promote your music? What works best for you?
TV & film is the most powerful way to reach people. Also, social media, Spotify, different blogs and music publications, in addition to college radio are significant ways too.
Exposed Vocals: If you could perform anywhere and with any artists (Dead or Alive) where and who would it be with? Why?
I would perform with The Rolling Stones at Madison Square Garden. They are the most legendary rock band in history and Madison Square Garden is one of the most legendary venues ever.
Exposed Vocals: So, what’s next? Any new upcoming projects that you want to talk about?
I’m featured on some cool tracks coming out from other artists next year… I’ll be touring in the New Year too. Stay tuned for details on my live tour dates via katiecostellomusic.com
Exposed Vocals: If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?
Living in a remote mountain village.
Exposed Vocals: What should fans look forward to in the next year or so?
More live shows and more Rebel Pop!
Exposed Vocals: Any Shout-outs?
Shout out to everyone involved in my new album “Twice the Love”… Thanks to the unique synergy of the range of songs, this is an album I am very proud of and happy to share with the world.