Just Costa, the Canadian brother-sister popster duo have just released their latest summer bop “Bubblegum Sky.” This new song is the follow up to their feel-good, summer anthem “Peachy” which was released back in June. “Bubblegum Sky” is available now through major music digital streaming platforms.
Montreal-based, the duo is comprised of Jesse Just Costa and sister, Juliana. The fam-band embodies the term “happy-go-lucky” through and through and counts creating music like a ticket to their own sonic theme park. “We call it Just Costa Land” explains Jesse “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.”
Between the two of them, they have all the building blocks they need in a sort of supernatural blend of style, skill, and substance that takes a lifetime to achieve. Which is about how long Just Costa has been making music. They haven’t slowed. Since joining forces, they’ve more than made up for any lost time. They’ve appeared on the talent show La Voix (The Voice), played over 400 shows – including a 16-date tour of Italy – performed at festivals and conferences, released one album – In Time, All Things under their previous moniker Juliana & Jesse – and are midway through writing and recording a new full-length release.
Just Costa is more focused and ambitious than ever. Their newer material takes full advantage of their creative kinship and shared vision, while also acknowledging their different musical backgrounds and skillsets.
“One of our greatest strengths in working together is how varied our individual strengths are” says Jesse. “I know where Juliana has me beat, and where she might be able to handle a situation twice as well, and I feel like she knows the same about me. So that’s where the lines get drawn.”
As if on cue, Juliana picks up the thread:
“For the most part, Jesse has a real knack for melody and chords, and groove as well. So he’ll put something down and we can play off that. And I really like to write lyrics, so we’ll play off of each other. We work together really well in that sense. Other times, I’ll have a really simple kind of idea on the guitar and I can always count on Jesse to spice it up. It’s always good to have a partner in any venture, and there’s no better partner than family. We are really connected — we’re also best friends — and we really do see it as a big blessing. We’re not scared to push each other. And by bringing the best out of each other, we’ve reached some really cool and unique places songwriting-wise that we might not have found. And we feel we have something really special we can bring to people.”
That gift in a nutshell: Love.
“I break down life into two really simple things: doing what you love and doing it with the people that you love” Jesse says. “That’s really where the magic comes from. That’s when the highs start getting higher and the lows don’t feel so bad. That’s what we have, and that’s what we want to share with people. Really, we want to light up every room that we go into. I feel such an energy and positivity inside of me and so much gratitude for everything I have. We want to bring that to ourselves and to bring other people with us. We want …”
Naturally, Juliana finishes his thought:
“We want to take everybody along for the ride.”
Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you.