We had the good fortune of connecting with Johnny Falstaff and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Johnny, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
With the ever growing stresses and challenges in today’s world, most people enjoy a short distraction from the constant barrage of information. Music and art provides this distraction, and I am blessed to have a gift that I can give. To see people enjoying the music, smiling, dancing, is a joy beyond measure.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a songwriter, singer, guitar slinger. Perhaps it might be a bad business move, but I don”t create music to fit a current trend. I feel that integrity means everything when it comes to art. More often than not, by the time you catch up to the flavor of the month, taste has already changed. Create your own flavor.
As a cancer survivor, I have a new perspective regarding time. It brings a sense of urgency not only to accomplish your goals, but to also enjoy the small things in life. Every day is a blessing, every day brings an opportunity, every day is a chance to live.
If there was any lesson to be learned at all, it would be to take your career seriously. Time is precious, dont waste it. Practice your craft to reach the full potential and be where you need to be to get noticed, the industry will not come looking for you.
As progress is inevitable, so are the changes to culture. With my music and my live shows, I try to preserve a small part of my Texas culture. The old dancehalls, beer joints, and honky tonks is where my music comes from – where I come from.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If I was showing a good friend a good time, waking early is probably not in the cards…a late breakfast at House of Pies would probably be in order. If this person needed a little help with hair style, I would take him or her over to see Kimberly Wilson at Amado Salon and Spa, a true talent in the art of style. When evening rolls around we would check out where the live music is playing, the Continental Club, The Big Easy, or Shady Acres are all good candidates. A late night chow would be necessary at Tapatia Taqueria, a staple in Tex Mex.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
To all the creators that struggle and sacrifice, we do this because we must.