Fallon: Singer and Songwriter
Jessica Gilbert: Fallon, it’s wonderful to finally have you in TSM. 🙂 Thank you for doing an interview for the magazine.
Fallon: Thank you, I’m honoured to be asked.
Jessica Gilbert: What inspired you to get into music and song writing?
Fallon: I’ve always been musical since an early age. My grandad had a record deal and such an amazing talent. I loved and looked up to him massively. He died when I was eight and all of a sudden I felt this weird urge to make music..
Jessica Gilbert: At eleven I know you wrote your first album of songs. Can you recall the very first song you ever wrote?
Fallon: I think it was “Oh boy.” I wrote it with my oldest friend Amanda, it was very naive and sweet but looking back it’s still catchy!
Jessica Gilbert: What’s your process for writing lyrics? And where do you get the inspiration for your songs?
Fallon: I get inspiration from so many things…sometimes I’ll hear a quote that touches me and then I’ll base a song around that, sometimes it’s from personal experience, but most of my best have come through me not from me. I just have to relax into a certain zone, open my mouth and the lyrics and melodies seem to flow out, often simultaneously. It’s quite odd really!
Jessica Gilbert: Tell us a bit about your background working as a singer and dancer.
Fallon: I auditioned for a girl band at fifteen which I got. We were signed up my an American label and released a few awful singles, mainly because we were being allowed to write them ourselves, and weren’t ready for that at the time. Eventually, I left the band and moved into songwriting and session singing. I wrote a b-side for the Sugababes, a few bits for American adverts and movies, did loads of vocals for Disney and Pixar stuff. Anything to stay afloat really while I figured out what I wanted to do long term. The first experience of having a record deal had really put me off the industry you see, so I wasn’t keen to dive back in. Then I met my partner abz, he had been in a boyband so we understood each other immediately. When we first got together, he was very ill and needed a lot of tlc so he became my focus. Nowadays, his career is back on track and his band is doing incredibly well, so that’s allowing me to put a little time back into me.
Jessica Gilbert: It is known that artists write many songs during painful and depressing times as therapy. For me personally, listening to music is a great form of therapy. Who are some artists that have helped you get through difficult periods in your life? And any songs in particular?
Fallon: Tracy Chapman, Alanis Morissette and Sade…I definitely used music to heal in the past and think I may have bought Jagged Little Pill like seven times! (Lucky seven!!)
Jessica Gilbert: What was it like supporting Daniel Bedingfield on tour?
Fallon: Incredible, that was actually the highlight of my live career…he had such an amazing voice and what a writer. He used to get on stage with us during our soundcheck, throw me over his shoulder and carry me offstage! He was such a joker and an incredibly moral guy too, I liked that.
Jessica Gilbert: What are you working on now?
Fallon: At the moment, I’m just uploading covers to YouTube, have a really amazing one in the pipeline with Jay Tyrer…after that I’m going to start uploading some of my original tracks and eventually release an EP on my own label and for my own enjoyment. I have no interest in having a record deal with a major anymore, the pace of life and the control just doesn’t resonate with who I am these days. I just want to put out music I believe in and enjoy my life.
Jessica Gilbert: You’ve experienced bullying in life, something that still continues to happen amongst many in our society today. How did you cope and were able to overcome the bullying?
Fallon: Well, I have Asperger’s Syndrome (a high functioning form of autism) and I tended to feel more of a belonging with the boys than the girls so that caused problems. I didn’t get picked for stuff and girls were kinda weirded out by me, almost as if I was an alien or something…Plus I had huge glasses and ridiculously large lips, so I got a lot of teasing for that! But it’s weird… kinda always knew deep down that it wasn’t forever, only while I was at school. So, I kept my focus on what I enjoyed doing like writing music and singing rather than worrying about what others thought of me. As soon as I left school and could pick the people I hang with life, got good and all a sudden I went from left out to in demand? It was weird, I’d get all these messages left with my mum after college from people I couldn’t even remember wanting to hang out!! My advice to people being bullied is don’t change to fit in, be you and find others that appreciate you for that. Otherwise, you’ll end up living a lie and the bullies have won.
Jessica Gilbert: If you had the power to do something in the world today, what would it be and why?
Fallon: I would make people less materialistic, it’s the root of all evil. People are starting to love things and products more than they love living creatures, themselves and each other. We need balance on the planet right now. We can’t go on like this forever.
Jessica Gilbert: What is one of your favorite quotes(or lines) that inspires you?
Fallon: “If you are depressed you are living in the past, if you are anxious you are living in the future, if you are at peace you are living in the present.”
Jessica Gilbert: Anything else you’d like to share? And where can our readers find out more about you and your music?
Jessica Gilbert: Thanks so much again for doing this interview and all the best with everything.
Fallon: Thank you for having me! Good luck with the mag ; )