By Jaclyn Bethany
Photographed for Constellation by Anouska Beckwith
Jaclyn Bethany: Hi, Brianna! Where are you originally from, and where are you based now?
Brianna Falcone: I’m originally from Basalt, Colorado and currently living in Los Angeles.
JB: What are your fondest memories from growing up? Were you always surrounded by music?
BF: My fondest memories all revolve around music, magic, and nature. I remember going down to the creek under the overgrown trees and building little homes for the fairies. I remember family dance parties at home in our long underwear after eventful days on the mountain. I remember playing “good witches” with my sister and our magical nanny, a table spread with potions, wands, and spell books. When I was a child, my dad brought music into my life in a huge way, always playing it in the house and car. He followed The Grateful Dead for years and played a bit of guitar himself. He got me my first guitar and taught me my first chords.
JB: Do you recall the first song or artist that made a lasting impression on you?
BF: As a teenager, I heard “California” by Joni Mitchell for the first time. Her voice, her presence, and the power in her sweetness shook me to my core.
JB: You moved from Colorado to L.A. in your teens to pursue music. What attracted you to California? Do you still feel its magic?
BF: California sort of chose me. My mom decided she wanted to move there and asked if I wanted to come with. Having had a somewhat prophetic dream a few months earlier in which I was told to go to California, I decided to take the leap.
I think it's hard to stay afloat in a city like L.A. if you aren't surrounded by a community of levelheaded, inspiring humans. Thanks to the people I've found, having nature nearby, and the music scene here, I'm pleased to say I still feel its magic every day.
JB: You're greatly inspired by artists from the ‘60s and ‘70s. Who are some of your favorite musicians from that period?
BF: Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Crosby Stills & Nash, Fleetwood Mac, Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens, Van Morrison, and The Beatles.
JB: How do you think the politics of that time were reflected through the music? Do you feel as though America’s going through a similar political shift?
BF: Art flourishes during periods of oppression, and that's what so many are feeling in America right now. Our current political shift is surely akin to that of the ‘60s and ‘70s. We are seeing what's behind the curtain. Some sort of shift in energy on the planet is bringing to the surface what's not working so it can be healed. It's a truly thrilling time to be alive—especially for artists and light workers, because not only are we all inspired and re-enlivened, but deeply needed.
JB: How would you describe your music in a few words?
BF: Light. Soulful. Joyful. True.
JB: Tell me a little bit about your debut EP. How long did it take you to make it?
BF: The EP itself was a long-time coming as I had been writing and performing, prior to recording, for quite some time. Once my producer, Matt “Linny” Linesch, and I started working together, we recorded on and off for few months, working with some incredibly talented musician friends to get three songs dialed in. It's got a great indie-folk feel to it. Linny helped shape the sound a lot, having come from a background of working with indie-folk artists like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
JB: Do you have a favorite song on the EP?
BF: The songs all cohesively center around the themes of travel and heightening self-awareness. Of the three songs, “Lady of the Lake” is the one I feel closest to. It's the last one I wrote for the project and probably one of my favorites I've written to date.
JB: Your music has a bit of a romantic quality to it—were you inspired by classic myths and poetry?
BF: I am a big lover of poetry; that's always been a great source of inspiration for me. And though I've yet to dive deep into mythology as a whole, I've always had an affinity for mysticism.
It was only after I had written “Lady of the Lake” that I discovered its parallel to the story of The Lady of Avalon. It's odd how sometimes when songs find their way out of you, it's not ‘till later that you discover their true meaning. [It’s] stunning to be reminded that art is made through you, not by you.
JB: What are your favorite places to play and catch a show in LA?
BF: I enjoy the smaller, more intimate venues. Hotel Cafe and The Troubadour have always been favorites. I've seen some of the greatest performances at local house shows, though. The intimacy brings out an incredible vulnerability and raw quality in the music and the artist. That is music at its best.
JB: Any female musicians currently inspiring you?
BF: I often go back to the classics for inspiration, but there are definitely some amazing females making waves currently too: Margaret Glaspy, Alabama Shakes, Feist, Jenny Lewis, and my friends Valley Queen, to name a few.
JB: Favorite vintage shop in LA?
BF: Dust and Fog in Topanga Canyon.
JB: What's next for you? What are your hopes and dreams for 2017?
BF: As a woman, I want to show the world that there is great strength in softness and femininity; that you can be incredibly compassionate and sweet and still be greatly respected. As an artist, I want to continue to create from a more authentic space every day. I want to create more in general. And I want to continue to work with incredible people who inspire me to give all of my heart to each note, each day. ★
Brianna’s debut EP, Lady of the Lake, is out March 25th.
Brianna wears a dress by Natalie Martin.