With New York being the theme for May; yes, I went there. No I didn’t get on Jimmy Fallon. However I haven’t given up. It’ll happen. In due time. I’m sure of it. Anyway, I thought I’d do a feature on an acquaintance of mine who is currently working at making his New York dream come true…
Years ago, I’d be at parties in Muskoka and the same guy would be manning the iPod. He’d play tune after tune, keeping the party at a steady level of debauchery and happiness. At the time, this iPod ‘DJ’ was just another cottager with a love of music. Now however, that cottager is much more than an iPod ‘DJ’, this guy has steadily climbed the ranks and now DJ’s with Theophilus London, has been featured in GQ magazine, and has DJ’d the hottest parties around the world, from the Gatsby Launch, to fashion week.
Who is this guy? Well, besides being one of Canada’s latest exports to the US, a total babe, New York’s latest up and coming DJ, and an all around pretty normal guy, he’s Brendan Fallis, and he’s kind of a big deal. Luckily for me, Brendan kindly let me ask him some questions and even kindlier, he responded. Cheers to intriguing acquaintances, circles of friends overlapping, and to Brendan for being kind and polite – like a good Canadian should be.
Brendan Fallis. What’s that all about?
1) I’m going to start with I guess the obvious big question…GQ?! When you got the proverbial phone call that you were going to be featured in GQ what went through your mind? Were you like, what the f!!!! This biz is getting real? Were you calm? Did you want to chest bump the person standing to your immediate left? I know I would have probably jumped up and down and then tripped with excitement.
It was definitely a pretty surreal moment. Not so much on the chest bump level, but a different feeling of excitement. Then I realized quickly that I would be flying to LA the day before the shoot, so for the shoot I would have to fly back that am, do the shoot and then get on a plane immediately after and head back to LA. It was a long 24hours but well worth it.
2) As a child, did you know you wanted to be in the spotlight? I once passed out autographs on my street when I was a kid (no wonder I had a hard time making friends). Were you like that at all?
I never thought about being in the spotlight on a serious level. I think all of us once dreamed about being on television or in a movie, or fantasized about being a musician though. Or at least I did, but never seriously.
Nothing really beats the days of playing an iPod in Muskoka. I still long for those times. And although I seem to be getting more people congratulating me these days, I don’t really feel like I’m making it yet. It’s a lot of fun and I’m accomplishing good goals for myself, but I don’t see myself any differently then my friends/peers who are accomplishing their goals as well. Just keeping my head down and working.
Again, I don’t really see myself as being any different then anyone else, so it’s pretty easy to stay grounded. I just stay thankful that I am lucky to have all these opportunities and never take them for granted.
Ha, that would make my story much more interesting. In reality, I have a great friend that gave me a chance to move to New York to work for his company. I realized that it’s a chance I shouldn’t pass up. Then when I got here I became fairly obsessed with nightlife and going out for not only fun, but networking purposes. I met so many people from so many walks of life and then when I started dj’ing, I was able to use those relationships to push forward a little further and help out my career. I’ve always wanted to be successful, that’s for sure, and am still striving to become successful. And yes, lots of dreaming does happen on that dock, and it’s fair to say my dreams are different now then they were then.
Well my girlfriend is pretty phenomenal and couldn’t be happier. Keeping in touch with old friends, well that is also more then amazing. I wish I had more time to call people and catch up, but it makes the time I actually get to hang with them that much better.
So, now that you’re all officially a little cooler for reading this (you’re welcome), check out Brendan’s social’werks and see for yourself: