Rob Costlow

Rob Costlow

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Rob doesn't sing...he plays the piano. Music lovers of all ages will be transported to a less complicated, more relaxed world with his collection of original piano melodies that showcase the talent and universal reach of this contemporary solo pianist.

Biography

By the time he was twelve Rob Costlow was annoying his piano instructor by adding unwritten endings to songs during rehearsals and recitals.

This soon brought an end to the lessons that began at age five.

"I hated, literally hated, taking lessons and especially practicing other people's music," admits Rob.

It was another piano player, platinum selling, new age artist George Winston, who fueled this rebellion. After one of Rob's brothers introduced him to Winston's music, Rob realized that his musical future was going to take a different path than the one set by his teachers.

"It was so different than typical piano music," says Costlow. "It's what drove me to create my own. I said to myself 'I can do this--this is a way that I could actually enjoy piano and benefit from all of these lessons and practicing.' It allowed me to express myself and also provide a great stress relief."

While Rob has come a long way since those lessons and from his native Indianapolis, his love for creating original compositions is still at the heart of his contemporary solo piano music. His compositions are inspired by love of his family, including his wife Melissa. Travels throughout the United States, Canada, Italy, Mexico, and the Caribbean also provide inspiration.

"Traveling shows me how much is out there and how there is so much diversity in the world," says Rob.

Growing up in a large family helped Rob become focused and tenacious. As the youngest of six boys, Rob had to get used to seizing every opportunity that came his way. While working on his Masters Degree, Rob unofficially started his own record label, Tourist Records™, based on a fictitious business plan. In 2002, Rob released his first professional solo project, Sophomore Jinx, containing all original music. He officially founded Tourist Records™ in 2004.

Through Tourist Records™, Rob wants to create music for television and film as well as help other artists who are dedicated to creating original instrumental music make their own impact in the world.

"Music is a release from the stresses of the world," says Costlow. "I never force myself to write. I do it when it comes to me. I'm taking things a day at a time."
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Rob's Mission

“My mission is to broaden the minds of musicians and music lovers. Too many musicians get wrapped up in their own world. I try new things and do a lot of grass roots marketing, so I can open up new doors and get into the minds of music lovers who’ve been waiting for something new. This is not to serve myself, but to inspire and serve the world better. I’ve had so many children and adults approach me at performances or via email asking questions and inspired to take lessons or practice harder. Music is a great self-development outlet, and the classic instruments are great tools to build character, discipline, and creativity. We all have a choice to move forward or stay put. I choose to move forward and do my utmost to help improve people’s lives. My music is doing this, and I’m extremely grateful. A lot of people who hear and purchase my music for the first time tell me they wouldn’t typically buy or search for instrumental music. However, they can relate to the music. The music is universal, which I believe is the core factor drawing in the untypical fan. The broader my audience, the more my efforts will blossom.”

- Rob Costlow

Discography

Woods of Chaos (April 2005)

Tracks:

Meant to Be
Reflections
Semester Days
Friend
True Gemini
Down the Road
Tulip Trees
Not Alone
Woods of Chaos
Twilight

Album notes from Rob:
This second album is a reflection of my battles, successes and determination to move forward. I’m not scared anymore. The "Woods of Chaos" will always be there, but I'm able to overcome the beasts and find peace.

Let this album take you on a journey. Create your own experience with each song. Enjoy!

Sophomore Jinx (January 2002; re-released April 2005)

Tracks:

I Do
L.A. / Passing By
Lost or Found
Summer Garden
Bliss
Goodbyes
Forever
Oceans
Family

Album notes from Rob:
Sophomore Jinx is my first professional recording effort. This album is about second chances, hopes, dreams, and following my passion.

Oceans (Asian version of Sophomore Jinx released November 2004)

Tracks:

I Do
L.A. / Passing By
Solo 1
Lost Or Found
Summer Garden
Solo 2
Bliss
Forever
Solo 3
Goodbyes
Oceans (radio version)
Solo 4
Family

Set List

Rob plays all his own music. Performances last from 1 - 2.5 hours, depending on the venue. 1, 2, or 3 sets.

Family
I Do
Goodbyes
Oceans (Full Version)
Curiosity
Valentine
River of the Mountains
Train
The Tourist
L.A. – Passing By
Lost or Found
Summer Garden
Bliss
Forever
Communion
Friend
Semester Days
Reflections
Tulip Trees
Meant to Be
True Gemini
Down the Road
Twilight
Not Alone
Woods of Chaos