Brian Falduto – “Why’d You Come in Here Lookin’ Like That” + Exclusive Interview

Photo: Mia Isabella

1. Thank you very much for your time! Before we introduce your new release to our readers – what kind of drink would you recommend to zip on while they listen to your new music?

Hmm .. maybe an old fashioned or even just whiskey on the rocks. Anything that feels country in a throwback sort of way as my latest project is very late 90’s / early 2000’s country music influenced.

2. Please give us an update about – new single, new album, tour dates, new videos?!

Happily! My latest release is a cover of Dolly Parton’s „Why’d You Come In Here Lookin‘ Like That“, which we just put out a music video for this past week which is very fun, queer, and camp, yet earnest. This song is a single off of a Deluxe Version of my 2023 album „Gay Country“, out June 7, 2024. And I’ll be announcing a bunch of summer touring dates soon! Playing a lot of Pride festivals across the country with some other dates interspersed as well.

3. We live in times of many conspiracy theories. Which, harmless, theory would you wish were true? (For example Dinos living inside Earth or E.T. living in a home in California)

Oh gosh, I don’t know. I had to look up conspiracy theories to answer this and I don’t think I wish any of them were true .. though it’d be crazy if Stevie Wonder weren’t actually blind. That’d blow my mind .. and would be pretty messed up.

4. What fashion style or brand would best describe your music?

Denim and rhinestones baby!

5. Tell us more about your songs! Topics! Message!?

A lot of my latest music, particularly my project „Gay Country“, is meant to take the sounds I grew up on but didn’t necessarily see myself in and retell those stories from my perspective. It’s been a powerful undertaking because it turns out there are a lot of people out there like me who grew up loving country music but felt left out. Country music is all about storytelling and while there are themes and sentiments that we can all relate to, why is it such a surprise that a guy would be singing a love song about a guy? I think it’s time we see that and so that’s what I’m trying to do – and not so subtly either! 😉

6. Beside music, do you have any special talents?

Well I don’t know if I’d call this a „talent“ in the typical sense of the word but I’m also a life coach. I work with mostly queer clients, helping them to find flow and flexibility in the face of the inherent challenges they face in life so that they can live as their most beautiful and authentic selves. I’m an actor as well and while I used to call myself a dancer, please don’t test me on that – haha – it’s been way too long.

7. Name 5 things we all should know about you as an artist?!

1) The genre of music I release and perform isn’t necessarily what I’m listening to. It’s a mixed bag.

2) Truth be told, I love attention.

3) When writing a song, meditation and long walks in nature are two of the most effective ways that I get in touch with whatever is asking to be shared. 

4) I never get bored or tired of of navigating my career as an artist whereas other career paths I’ve pursued, I get bored or burnt out pretty easily. 

5) I love french fries. I don’t know if this is relevant but honestly any opportunity to talk about french fries – I’ll take it. 

8. How did you learn to sing/ to write/ to play??

I’ve been singing professionally since I was 9 but, according to my baby book, I’ve been singing unprofessionally since I was 2. I began writing in my early 20’s. I was going through a rough break-up and working at a country music radio station at the time so country music was very much a part of my life. In the middle of a very emotionally painful night, I decided to try and write a song about how I felt since music had been such an outlet up to that point already. It really helped move some of the emotions. I kept doing that in a therapeutic sense for a while. Eventually, I shared a song with a friend .. then another .. and so on and so forth. Those lyrics were some of the first times I pulled something raw and vulnerable out of myself and shared it with another person. Having something so personal to me resonate with someone else was so validating. It taught me that if something is true for you, it is likely true for someone else. 

Instagram: @brianfalduto