Q&A with Brendan Fallis
Brendan Fallis has become a well-known name in NYC nightlife, DJ-ing events for high profile brands both here in New York and all over the globe. He is also a trendsetter for fashion and style, featured in Best Dressed roundups the likes of Vanity Fair and Mr. Porter. But Brendan still manages to make health and fitness a primary focus in his life, inspiring us that you really can have it all. Brendan explains how, even when he is traveling all over the world, all the parts of his life can co-exist and thrive.
You are an extremely talented DJ with appearances all over the world. (You are living the dream, really!) How did you first get your start as a DJ?
Ha! Living the dream! For me it’s work, and although it comes off as fun and dreamlike, it’s definitely still work. I do appreciate that people see it as a nice way to live - as I’m definitely enjoying it.
I got my start as a DJ in NY at a restaurant called Pop Burger. I had moved to New York two years before to work in fashion and was being paid little to no money, so I would go to Pop Burger to hang out with a friend of mine that managed the restaurant and eat dinner for free. On Monday nights it was very slow, so we would bring our computers and teach ourselves how to DJ. After a couple of months, I was moved to Friday nights which then became Saturday nights, and slowly my career developed from there.
You've also made a name for yourself as an icon in style and fashion, appearing in publications like GQ and Vanity Fair. What does that mean to you?
I never thought I would be published in any of these magazines, so it’s awesome that people recognize my style/fashion and respect it enough to put it out there for the public. It’s always exciting when something comes out, especially when you don’t know that it’s coming out. It has definitely helped me with not only my DJ career, but also building myself into a brand. Since I mainly play in the corporate DJ space, it gives me some leverage to get in with more brands. Although style is always a work in progress for me, I’m excited to be known as a “stylish guy."
How do you cultivate your style?
I take notes from everywhere I go, others I see on the street, and magazines I read. Instagram has been a good source of inspiration as well. From there, I try and put things together in a more conservative, non-intrusive way. I’m really into thinking about my style, and the thought of looking back years from now and realizing it was more timeless then not. That’s the tip I’m giving myself to cultivate it properly.
So, you are most well-known for these indulgences and splurges — nightlife and fashion — but you also have a huge interest in health and fitness. How did that happen?
I’ve always been into being fit. I used to ski for the Canadian Team, so training both physically and mentally has been engrained in my DNA. Over the last 3-4 years, I’ve started to dive deeper into the health and fitness lifestyle as a way to keep me balanced. Just as I set my mind to attack my career, I tend to do the same across all things in my life, and health and fitness both fall into that life bucket. I really feel that we should all treat ourselves like athletes, even if we’re not competing. Athletes not only have physical strength that can help them attack any situation, but their minds are also on point and ready for any situation. Taking this mentality over to regular life is a no-brainer. Why would we not fuel our bodies correctly so we perform in the most efficient way, and allow ourselves to benefit as much as we can from being balanced and ready?
How do you balance what could be two completely opposing interests: late night parties into the wee hours, and keeping a true fitness and wellness regimen?
Time management. That’s been the hardest/best thing I’ve learned from all of this. By sticking to a schedule that you plan out in advance, it really allows you to manage a good balance. I usually have a standing “meeting” daily for training. If I put the meeting in my calendar and schedule around it, I will always make sure to train. And then eating correctly on top of that really helps. It’s easy to tell when you consume something that’s not good for energy production. When you’re burning the candle at both ends, it’s important to make sure you feel good not only while you’re eating, but after you’re done. On top of that, making sure you sleep at least 6-8 hours a night. I’m a huuuuuge fan of a nap. Whether it’s 5 minutes or an hour, whatever you can find the time to do will reboot your system beyond belief.
What has been the toughest part of balancing all these competing interests?
The toughest part is making sure you have balance within everything. It’s easy to get caught up in your work and forget about everything else. We are all guilty of it. But really stepping back and looking at your days/life/goals through the lens of an outsider is a good exercise. Making sure you’re not committing all your time to your work, avoiding your body, mind, and social life, or focusing too heavily on any of those. My interests and job work heavily against one another, but I try to counteract one with the other and find the balance.
What is your healthy living philosophy, and what are your goals?
Essentially, treating yourself like you’re training for the Olympics. Put in the proper fuel for every day, not just a workout. And further, I push myself every day to work a little harder then I think I can. It’s easy to give up, but hard to keep going. It’s that little extra that makes you feel like it was worth it. But in general, if you can just do a little better then you did the day before, then you’re on the right track.
My goals are simple. As I get older, it becomes more difficult to stay in great shape. Everything you eat starts to matter, lack of sleep slows you down, and without physical activity you can start to look out of shape rather quickly. My goal is to maintain and improve my overall fitness and well-being by being conscious of my regime.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I’m inspired by all sorts of people and places. I like to travel a lot and meet new people, hear their stories, and see if I can achieve the same things they have. New York is full of incredible people, you just need to ask questions and get them talking. So much information is out there for the taking, and everyone is really looking to share, especially in this day and age with social media.
Any final words, or advice for our readers?
In the great words of Nike — Just Do It!
Canadian import Brendan Fallis has become one of the most sought after open-format DJs worldwide through his exceptional ability to read a crowd, his incredible taste in music, and his coveted style. Over the last few years, he has provided music for some of the most high-profile events and campaigns around the globe for clients in a wide variety of brand categories such as Absolut, Balmain, GQ, Louis Vuitton, Redbull, Taco Bell, and Viacom, among others. Fallis gained worldwide attention from both the music and fashion industries for his production abilities when he created a track, "Day and All Night," using Kate Moss’ vocals for Stuart Weitzman’s Fall 2013 Campaign. Since then, Fallis has remixed two tracks, Eamon’s 2004 hit F*ck It and Voyageur’s Pharaohs, both of which charted in the top 50 on HYPE MACHINE’s most popular remixes chart.
Known for his style and social media presence, Brendan is currently one of Carrera’s brand ambassadors. He also was recently seen in Banana Republic’s Holiday campaign and Revlon’s “The Power of Color” campaign. Fallis has been featured by publications such as GQ and Details, included in "Best Dressed" lists for Vanity Fair and Mr. Porter, and was recently named one of the “15 Hottest Men to Follow on Instagram” by MSN Lifestyle.
In addition to music and fashion, Brendan is a partner in a talent management firm PRE.VEYOR and two impressive startups, NMRKT, an E-Commerce site for blogs & magazines, and RentCheck, New York City's premier rating system for landlords and buildings.