Matt Costa Discusses New Music, Songwriting And Inspiration

Matt Costa 'Songs We Sing'

Pop Culture Madness spoke with Matt Costa at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. The singer songwriter talked about it being his first visit to the state, hoping to release an EP in the fall, the songwriting process, where he finds inspiration, having a specific location (or not) to record material, and more.

On releasing new music:

I’d like to. I think fall probably I will release an EP, and then a record at the beginning of the year. I’ve done all the recordings. I think that it’s organizing it and getting it together. I was just in Scotland recording the record.

On the songwriting process and inspiration:

I think mostly writing a song it comes down to, there’s a lot of different things that go into it, but I think as humans we’re filters for stuff. In order to get stuff out of it you have to put things into it. Stuff that really hits me is the stuff I kind of get obsessed with. You can’t help but to be inspired by writing a song. Whether it’s an author, right now I’m reading something my friend turned me on to. That’s the kid of thing where you get turned on to something. Maybe just a little bit about it and you want to know more.

On having a specific writing location:

I have a room that I go to, but it could go anywhere. It’s kind of nice to be anywhere, just as long as you have something to capture it. Most of the time when that’s happening you kind of look around wherever you’re at, and certain times a room can get repetitive. You look at the same room over and over again, that’s nice and filled with things inspiring, there’s something about being in different places, checking your brain, taking the third letter and twisting it around, come up with a new word, and all of the sudden turning things into something that kind of helps tell a story and feeling. Anywhere, any place is the place.

Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Matt Costa Performs ‘Spike Drivin’ Sam’ With Ben Rigby

Matt Costa 'Mobile Chateau'

On a downtown rooftop over looking the harbor of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Matt Costa performed an unreleased song called ‘Spike Drivin’ Sam’, accompanied by local banjo artist Ben Rigby. As cameras rolled, the pair were rudely interrupted by a horn blared from the large cruise ship in the background. Watch it via Vimeo below.

Matt Costa Live On The Interface

Matt Costa 'Mobile Chateau'

Matt Costa visited AOL Music’s the Interface recently in support of his latest album ‘Mobile Chateau’. A live set that included performances of ‘Witchcraft’, ‘Next Time’, ‘Mobile Chateau’ and ‘Can You Tell Me’, as well as an interview, at has since been removed.

Matt Costa ‘Witchcraft’ Video

Matt Costa 'Witchcraft' music video

Matt Costa is out with the music video to his new single ‘Witchcraft’, off the Huntington Beach, California singer songwriter’s third album ‘Mobile Chateau’, out now on Brushfire Records. Watch it via Yahoo! Music below.

Matt Costa 'Witchcraft' single cover

Matt Costa To Release Third Album ‘Mobile Chateau’ September 21st

Matt Costa has announced the release of his third album ‘Mobile Chateau’, which will be on September 21st via Brushfire Records. The new record was recorded at Pheasant Studios in Santa Ana, California, with Costa taking the production reins for the first time. A fall tour is in the works and confirmed dates are shown below with additional information available at his official web site,

Sept 18 – Manasquan, NJ – Algonquin Arts Theatre (solo)
Oct 7 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
Oct 8 – Tempe, AZ – The Club House Music
Oct 9 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
Oct 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
Oct 15 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
Oct 17 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Oct 18 – Victoria, BC – Sugar
Oct 19 – Vancouver, BC – Venue
Oct 20 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
Oct 22 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Oct 23 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Oct 25 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theater
Oct 26 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
Oct 27 – Chicago, IL – Double Door
Oct 31 – Toronto, ONT – Mod Club Theatre
Nov 1 – Montreal, QC – Le National
Nov 3 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Nov 4 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Nov 5 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Nov 7 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
Nov 8 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
Nov 11 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Nov 12 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft @ Center Stage
Nov 17 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues/Cambridge Room
Nov 19 – Houston, TX – House of Blues/Bronze Peacock

Matt Costa ‘Cigarette Eyes’ Video

Matt Costa 'Unfamiliar Faces'

Matt Costa is out with the music video to his new single ‘Cigarette Eyes’, off the Huntington Beach, California singer songwriter’s second studio album ‘Unfamiliar Faces’, out now on Brushfire Records. Watch it below.

On TV: Matt Costa, The Ting Tings, Jewel

Matt Costa 'Unfamiliar Faces'

Pop acts on television this week include:

Matt Costa, who performs on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Monday.

Donna Summer, who performs on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Monday.

The B-52s, who perform on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Tuesday.

Jewel, who performs on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ and ‘Late Night with Conan O’Brien’ on Wednesday, and ‘Tavis Smiley’ on Friday.

The Ting Tings, who perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ on Friday.

Matt Costa ‘Mr. Pitiful’ Video

Matt Costa 'Unfamiliar Faces'

Matt Costa is out with the music video to his new single ‘Mr. Pitiful’, co-directed by the Malloys and Tim Wheeler, from the Huntington Beach, California singer-songwriter’s second album ‘Unfamiliar Faces’, out now on Brushfire Records. Watch it below the cut. (more…)