http://blabittobeaverhausen.blogspot.com/2013/09/q-with-larry-costa.html) This time we talk about Halloween, Monster Mash, zombies, Barbra Streisand and her wigs, and more!
Dj BuddyBeaverhausen: Halloween is coming, as we all well know. Tell us about
your decision to do Monster Mash for the season.
Larry Costa: What a great song Monster Mash is. As we know, most of the material I record is
based during the Hollywood Heyday of the 1950’s and 60’s. I am known for
singing Christmas songs but I have not recorded any other holiday type songs. I
do have a wild sense of humor and when I set out to find a new holiday song to
sing, I suddenly remembered Monster Mash from the 60’s. Originally, it was
released as a straightforward creepy Halloween song, but I performed it as a
comedic number that works for today's audience. I remember singing this song as
a youngster with my brother and we would mimic the scary voice in the song. I
bring some of that back to life in my new rendition of this Holiday classic.
DBB: Last Q&A we did, you said you started your showbiz career playing
the Devil. Any other horror or Halloween-oriented work on your resume?
LC: Oh my God!
Yes! There is a fabulous film called Apex Rising directed by famed director Jim
Terriaca to be released early 2015. I play a government official from the white
house that must find the antidote to turn zombies into human. Something like
that. I don’t want to spoil it. I can tell you that in one scene I am in an
airplane overlooking Long Island and taking matters into my own hands. The film
is already being compared to the great horror flicks that become instant
classics. There is another film in which I am the lead called THE SICKNESS. I
play a character named Larry Costa who is a washed up singer and has to answer
DBB: I'm sure you've heard Streisand's Partners and Gaga/Bennett Duets. What do
you think of each? LC: I think it's a wonderful thing to have these types of
performances. We are bridging the gap of listeners and merging fans from 50
decades of entertainment into one big barrelful of love for this type of music.
Twenty-year-olds are listening to music that their grandparents listened to and
love it. My dream is to record a duet with one of the greats like Streisand or
Bennett. I did, however; sing with a surprise guest on a TV show pilot that has
yet to be released. I cannot tell you which one of the American treasures I
sang with due to contract restrictions until the show is released but I can
tell you that I recently began communications with Vic Damone, Will something
come of this? Only time will tell. Here is a fun tidbit about Streisand, I am
the owner of the world’s only collection of Barbra Streisand Wigs that includes
over 30 items from her movies, and performances. The wigs are going to auction
the first week of December and I am donating a portion of the proceeds to my
favorite cancer research charity.
DBB:I understand you have not one, but two new albums. Can you tell us
something about each?
LC: Albums are a tricky thing these days and a lot of artists
are releasing single songs rather than albums because of the way music is sold
these days as single downloads, so albums are becoming a thing of the past. The
first album is called CROONER. It is being produced by in Oklahoma City of all
places and will be distributed globally through Sony Distribution. This album
will have a collection of jazz and ballads from the American Songbook. I am
also working with JR Music in Florida and will produce original songs written
for me for theme compilation albums. These albums will comprise different works
intended for use in television and film and will become part of a music library
as well as the Larry Costa catalog. Recently, I have been selected to provide
my music to Emerge Media in the UK to stream music to hotels, restaurants,
shopping malls, and any place music will be heard.
DBB: Were these worked on simultaneously?
LC: Yes! I am working on all of these
projects at the same time. I am learning new songs never released before while
perfecting cover songs at the same time. I love to be busy. The process to
create just one song is difficult; writing, re-writing, editing, scoring,
re-scoring, singing, re-singing… it's a creation of something that will never
change once its finalized and recorded, it must be as close to excellence as I
can get it.
DBB: What do you look for in choosing your material?
LC: Song selection is the
hardest part of creating an album, the songs should flow from one to the next
and have the same thought behind the lyrics that blend together so that there
is 30 to 40 minutes of continuous bliss. The problem with song selection is
that after three months of brain wracking and finalizing the selection list, I
usually remember a song I had heard or the writer comes up with a hit that must
be included and then the process starts all over again. I always need to step
back once the songs are chosen and try not to hear any other music until the
album is done.
DBB:Where can we see you “LIVE” this social season? Will you be dancing the
Monster Mash for us through the month?
LC: I have live gigs lined up until April
2015, I enjoy working in private affairs as well as commercial venues in front
of an audience. The private shows are so much fun. I will be singing at
masquerade balls this month with a Great Gatsby theme and a private gala event
at a membership Golf Club on Long Island. Christmas is my favorite holiday and
to be able to sing Christmas songs at Lincoln Center this year is a dream come
DBB: Favorite horror flicks?
LC: Well, I love the horror flick I am in, heheh! There
is a fabulous film called Apex Rising directed by famed director Jim Terriaca
to be released early 2015. In it, I play a government official from the white
house that must find the antidote to turn zombies into humans… or something
like that.... I don’t want to spoil it. But I can tell you that in one scene I am
in an airplane overlooking Long Island and taking matters into my own hands.
The film is already being compared to the great horror flicks that become
instant classics. There is another film in which I am the lead called THE
SICKNESS. In it, I play a character named Larry Costa that is a washed up
singer and has to make a deal with the devil or the angel, I won’t tell you his
choice. Oh, and on a
side note, I recently became friends with a gentleman that goes by the name of
Doc. He was one of the featured zombies in the original classic horror film,
Night of the Living Dead.
DBB: How's Larry Ravioli doing?
LC: I love Larry Ravioli, it’s such a fun and
innocent movie that reminds me of the TV sitcom shows from the late 60’s that
endure the test of time. I was talking with Netflix about a possible web series
on Larry Ravioli, but these type of things take years sometimes to actually
come to fruition. So, on Larry Ravioli, its time to begin working on the sequel,
LARRY RAVIOLI MEETS THE GHOST, which will be based on an old Abbott And
Costello film, HOLD THAT GHOST. I can't wait!
DBB: Thanks again, Larry! Any last shout-outs to your fans?
LC: I talk to the fans
all the time, usually on Facebook or my YouTube channel, LarryCostaTV. We have
conversations and I answer all their questions, and they are my friends. I
sometimes meet up with fans for a quick meet and greet, recently I met up with
Raymond, Joanne, Jackie, and Jose, but unfortunately, I was unable to meet one
of my best supporters, Rebecca when she visited NYC from Vancouver as I was
working on a gig. I was actually upset that I could not say hello.