Five Questions With Just Costa

The Montreal-based brother-sister duo, Just Costa released their feel-good summer anthem, “Peachy” recently.

Lighthearted and upbeat, the track mixes pop, R&B and g-funk into a catchy groove start to finish, combining full band and synth-based elements along the way.

“The message shines as a pinnacle of positivity,” the sibling set says. “It expresses that every moment can feel like a margarita on the beach.”

The duo embodies the term “happy-go-lucky” through and through. Comparing their music to a theme park,

“We call it Just Costa Land,” quips Jesse Just Costa, who leads the outfit with older sibling Juliana. “It’s like this: We want to bring the sense of an amusement park to our music. The excitement, the enthusiasm, the joie de vivre, the willingness to be happy and grateful and positive and live life to the extreme; that’s what we’re trying to construct.”

Check out “Peachy” below and find out more about Just Costa via our Five Questions With segment.

Care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Hello beautiful people, we are Just Costa—brother and sister Juliana and Jesse Just Costa. We live in Montreal, although growing up, we bounced around between Montreal and different cities in Latin America. What are we about? Funking life up, leaving every room we walk into a little brighter than we found it, and just having a good time. We were brought up in a musical family. Just Costa is about riding the waves of the highs and lows and coming out on the breezy side of the street.  Come along for the ride.

Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.

Every song is written differently, but for the most part, Juliana loves words and phrases, and Jesse has always been crafty with grooves and chords. We keep our songwriting spontaneous, trying to catch lightning in a bottle, and we are always trying to find a good vibe and not be afraid of any direction a song might take. We push each other to capture the essence of a fleeting moment or feeling, and each song takes us to a different world. If the song feels groovy and gets stuck in our heads, we know we’re onto something.

Do you have any upcoming shows? For someone who has yet to see you live, how would you explain your live performance?

We have 2 upcoming shows (one as a duo and one with our live band) that will be live-streamed on Facebook: July 1 and July 21. Check out details on our Facebook page!

Our live show packs a punch of positivity. Walking a fine-line of pop, R&B, and funk, we have a feel-good, life-affirming message carried out through our music. Our show is about having the time of your life, and hopefully realizing that feeling doesn’t have to go away when the music stops— any moment can feel like a margarita on the beach.

If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?

The one song we have to recommend is our first single ‘Peachy’. It’s a pinnacle of positivity— the positive change we want to see in the world. In making the music video, we really dove in creating the world of Peachy, which is full of upbeat, quirky humour. The ongoing challenge is to try watching it without smiling.

Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?

Right now? Clay and Friends, Busty and the Bass, Anomalie, Half Moon Run. We love so many Canadian artists across the country, but these Montreal artists really hit the spot.

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