INTERVIEW: School Of Rock’s Brian Falduto

Hi Brian, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thank you! I’m well. A bit sad summer went by so quick but I’ve got a busy year ahead so I may as well hop to it!

Can you talk to us more about your song “Just A Phase”?

Yeah!  “Just a Phase” has become one of my favorite songs to do live.  The words take on new life every time I sing them and people tend to really relate to what I’ve written and to me that’s the greatest compliment.  The song itself is a break-up song centered around the vulnerability that goes into watching someone you were once in love with falling in love with someone else.  And sometimes that happens way quicker that you ever thought it could and everything you had with the person feels dismissed and forgotten as if it was just a phase.  But in reality, what are phases really?  The final punch of the song is, “You know the moon never actually changes, we just take what we can see and we call it phases.”  In my particular instance, I was dating a guy who quickly turned around and dated a girl after we were wrapped and I loved tossing this line in as a final blow after spilling my heart out for the first several verses.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

Gah, I think I just answered this!  My break-up.  Lol.

Any plans to release a video for the track?

There won’t be any official music video but we are planning a series of “live performance session” videos to put out this Fall. I’m really proud of what me and my band are delivering at shows and I want to get professional footage of it out there so that people can see for themselves.

The single comes off your new album Love One Another – what’s the story behind the title?

It actually comes out from the single “Turn That Song Back On,” from which the title line “Love One Another” comes from.  That is the song we’ve been getting the most attention for and that makes me happy because I love the message.  It’s simple: love one another. I don’t have a lot of advice or opinions even to offer people following my short 25-year life. I spent a large part of it figuring out who I am (still getting there honestly) and I’m just getting to the point where I feel strong enough in certain areas of my life to speak out on them and one of those areas is love and acceptance. I don’t have many answers for a lot of the problems going on in the world right now other than what I offer up in this song. The rest of the songs on the EP are more about my experiences with love and the damage it can do so when I looked at everything as a whole, “Love One Another” just seemed like the way to go… and it worked out very appropriately because we released the album during PRIDE month so it allowed for some great opportunities for me to connect with the LGBTQ community in a new way given my long absence.  I totally suggest giving it a listen, I’m very proud of it.

How was the recording and writing process?

Great! A lot of these songs still aren’t even done. Like they’re professionally recorded and produced and fully written as far as lyrics and chords but they have more to grow.  I wanted to get them out there and start my career as a Singer-Songwriter but these are just acoustic renderings intended to show where I am headed with music.

What made you want to move away from films to theater?

In NYC, Theater is easier to work more consistently in… in my opinion.  Unless you’re doing background work a lot.  I took a while off… I barely acted in high school… and then I trained in a musical theatre program in college, and entered the world more prepared to enter that realm than that of Film & TV.   But I now have a manager and she and I have been working to get me back into the auditioning scene for Film & TV so there are hopefully opportunities to return to my roots ahead. I’m also forgetting to mention that I always did Theater. School of Rock was a blessing but I was in two shows at Paper Mill Playhouse when I was young as well as various other regional productions and theatre conservatory programs, etc. My work history has always been a balance of the two.

Does your theater background influence your music in any way or are they two different beasts?

Um, not really.  Some of my songs could probably be musical theatre songs if you were to change up the presentation of them but I definitely don’t want to do that.  I would love to write a musical someday though.  I’ve been sitting on an idea for one for quite some time but it just seems like such a tremendous workload that I don’t know if I’d ever get around to doing it.  Maybe!

What aspect of love did you get to explore on this record?

A lot of the songs I write are about how love has wounded me but on “Turn That Song Back On,” I point out that love is also the answer.  Love is powerful .. it hurt me so bad that I started writing music.  I had emotions welling up inside me that were too big for dialogue.  I literally had to express it in song and I’m so glad I did because it’s been so therapeutic .. and people relate to it because it’s real!

Any plans to hit the road?

The goal right now is to stay local for the Fall .. In 2018, I have plans to hit up the west coast for a bit and then we will hopefully finally hit the road.  We’ve been getting a lot of buzz from LGBTQ music festivals and such, of which there are a PLETHORA in May and June so I imagine those will be very busy months for us with lots of opportunities to come out and support.

What else is happening next in Brian Falduto’s world?

Currently writing and auditioning.  Would love to take on a new acting project soon.  I’ve also been partnering with a lot of non-profits lately: S.A.G.E., H.E.A.R.T., H.D.S.A.: all causes very dear to my heart.  Trying to spread the message of “Love One Another” with not only my words and songs but my actions too.


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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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