Dan Costello
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Dan Costello

Band Hip Hop Singer/Songwriter


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This folk-rapper-poet is in magically in-your-face in a pleasant way (but not too pleasant). Humorous social criticisms percolate tastily throughout his songs, a refreshing blast of lyrics in a songwriter climate of confessionals and narcissisms.
- Gabriel Levitt

"Leaves you wanting more, which is a good thing." - Dave Cuomo


"Halloween Baby" - released August 2006
***"The Pot Song" is the #7 all-time comedy song on garageband.com"***

"The Jazz EP" - Coming November 2007



Emerging from the cultural cross streets of Brooklyn, Dan Costello's sound breaks all the musical molds. Utilizing influences of Hip Hop, Folk, Rock, Jazz and Broadway, Dan refuses to be restricted to any particular genre, fashioning new sounds out of his eclectic influences.

Through his parents, Dan heard socially conscious music ranging from Woody Guthrie's Ballad of Sacco and Vanzetti to the political songs by Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs at an early age. By the time he was 12, he'd added N.W.A. Public Enemy and DMX to his catalogue. As an early teenager in a predominantly Black middle school, Dan began singing Gospel and playing Jazz saxophone and keyboard. He wrote his first song, "Dan's Blues" for the All-City Orchestra in Albany, NY at the age of thirteen.

Dan attended Syracuse University and quickly became the musician du jour in the Drama Department, coaching singers and accompanying them. He produced a stage version of Pink Floyd's The Wall, created adaptations of The Who's Tommy and The Rocky Horror Show as well as composing his own song cycle (including the oft-performed Talking World War III Training Camp Blues and Simply Theoretical) in January 2003.

Dan plays frequently at the Sidewalk Cafe and has also played CBGB's Lounge, the Bitter End, Laila Lounge and several holes in the wall. Dan's redent tours have taken him to Toronto, the UK, and this American Midwest and Northeast. Off to The Pacific Northwest in January!

Dan is ceaselessly spreading music for real people, one song at a time. In addition to frequent gigs and working as a freelance sound engineer, he the cohost at Lach's Antihoot, NYC's biggest open mic. Dan quit his stupid office day job and is currently making his second album and seeking cheap health insurance.