OSTON set for a dose of on-pitch advantage when she performs on Saturday

Singer, songwriter and Park City native OSTON, a contestant on Season 13 of “American Idol,” will perform a free concert for her hometown on Saturday at the Snow Park Amphitheater in Deer Valley. OSTON recently released two music videos and has over three song EPs to choose from for their set list.
Photo by Whitney Otte

Hi, Park City. your first “American Idol” Austin Wolfe come home.

Wolfe, known by the stage name OSTON, and a contestant on season 13 from the musical reality show, will perform Saturday, August 13 at the Snow Park Amphitheater in Deer Valley.

The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the guest artist Angie Petty + The Truth.

Although Wolfe is currently busy with a 24-hour writing camp, she took some time to answer questions emailed to her by The Park Record.

I’ve found that the more vulnerable I am in a session, the more relevant the lyrics and message of the songs are…” OSTON, singer and songwriter

Here’s how the exchange went:

Park Record: What does it mean to you to be able to return to Park City and perform for your hometown audience?

OSTON: That’s so cool! Some of my first gigs were at the Canyons and Deer Valley before I even started playing my own original songs. It will be great to come back to my hometown to play three EPs worth original music this time. There’s nothing quite like playing a show and seeing my parents’ faces smiling back at me from the crowd.

PR: How long have you been away?

O: I moved to Chicago for school in 2015 and have now lived in Los Angeles for almost three years. So almost seven years in total that I’ve been gone now? Wow.

PR: What do you plan for your setlist, without revealing too much?

O: Everything I have on streaming platforms is fair game. And, of course, a bunch of unreleased songs too.

PR: You released “Hard to Love (a short romantic film that is not at all a realistic description of my love life)” in April and “What it is” in May. How did you enjoy the process of making these two videos?

O: To be honest, making music videos is one of the most stressful processes for me. I like to be heavily involved in the whole process, and sometimes I can get overwhelmed with everything that needs to be done on a tight budget and tight schedule. It’s pretty hilarious to make videos on a budget because you realize how many ideas just aren’t physically possible without a ton of resources. But I’m very lucky to have good friends who volunteer their time and effort to help me bring my ideas to life as best we can. I look forward to the day when someone else can take over the video creation/planning process for me (HAHA).

PR: How did the concepts for your videos come about?

O: “Hard To Love” was one of my favorite music videos to reflect on. Back when I was writing the song with my friend Katie Donnelly, she mentioned how she felt like she could be in the movie “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” (which happens to be one of my favorite movies ). We decided the clip should spin off the plot of the film and revolve around a night on the town (showing me) falling in love with a stranger.

“Whatshisface,” meanwhile, is from a mood board centered around the color red. I wanted the viewer to feel like I was “trapped” in a house with the haunting presence of an old relationship, which was portrayed by my boyfriend Drew with a brown paper bag over his head. It looks really weird when taken out of context, but if you watch the video, I promise it will all make sense.

PR: What were the biggest challenges in making these videos?

O: Stick to a tight budget and do everything in a short time. We usually shoot all of my videos within a few hours, which can be quite exhausting and tense. It’s still worth it, though.

PR: When it comes to songwriting, how personal can you get with your lyrics before you feel like you have to pull out? Or is that even a problem?

O: For me, writing songs is actually a lot easier when I’m honest with my lyricism. I’ve found that the more vulnerable I am in a session, the more relevant the lyrics and message of the songs. Sometimes it’s a little hard to open up about the more detailed and somewhat embarrassing parts of my life, but those experiences are what make us human, what helps us make real connections, and ultimately what makes people fall in love with music as a whole.

PR: What do you enjoy most about the songwriting process?

O: Creating songs is always the best time when I’m with my friends. I have a core of friends with whom I love to write. We call ourselves the “CORE 4” – made up of Katie Donnelly, Drew Polovick, Jordy Shulman and myself – and we always get together and write a bunch of songs for each other’s projects. I actually answer these questions as we talk about a CORE 4 songwriting camp in Michigan. So that said, I’ll get back to it. See you on the 13th.


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