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The Short

Phil Fallway is a singer, songwriter & composer from the Upper Midwest. Heavily influenced by grunge, jazz, & film music, Fallway’s distinct style of cinematic rock is a line-blurring retrospective soundscape - suspenseful, provocative, on edge.

The Long

While most of Phil's turbulent youth was spent in the coldest parts of northern Minnesota, Phil also spent time intermittently growing up in northern California where he discovered his rock roots at the age of 11 just as the dawn of grunge swept the world stage. 90s bands like Alice In Chains, Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, as well as classic rock acts like U2, Metallica, Guns & Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aerosmith, and Faith No More all made lasting impressions on Phil throughout his developing musical pursuits. It was during this time that Phil picked up his first guitar.


A child of the juvenile justice system with no permanent place to call home, Phil found himself constantly on the move throughout his teenage years and taught himself how to sing and play guitar to pass the time between homes. Learning only the most essential chords and guitar riffs straight out of his favorite grunge band's tablature books, Phil talked his way into joining his high school jazz-rock band and jammed with anyone who owned a drum kit or a bass guitar in whatever town he lived in more than a few months. Inevitably landing in college in the late 90s to study music and filmmaking, it wasn't until the early 2000s that Phil finally put his first official band together with a fellow art student and later dropped out of school to focus on making music. The Operative, a hard rock duo with Phil at the helm on electric guitar/vox and Adam Tollufsrud on drums, drew heavily on Phil's alternative rock roots and performed around the Midwestern region for a number of years before permanently disbanding in 2010, as Phil took time off from his music career to focus on family.


Over the next decade, Phil gradually began to write, record, and locally perform his own solo music at open mics, coffee houses, and smaller intimate venues armed with just his voice and an acoustic guitar. Since then, Phil has released a variety of collaborative and self produced original music that showcases his later influences, both rock oriented and cinematic in style. Inspired by the likes of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, David Bowie, Morphine, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails, Danzig, Portishead, Barry Adamson, PJ Harvey, Chris Isaak, Massive Attack, The Rolling Stones, Tricky, Lenny Kravitz, Radiohead, among many others, Phil has persistently attempted to create something unique in his songwriting while still paying homage to his rock heritage.


On the compositional side of his music, noirish action thrillers like Casino Royale, Sin City, Lost Highway, The Matrix, Inception, The Dark Knight, Skyfall, Mission Impossible, and the more recent John Wick films have greatly informed Phil's approach to writing. Hollywood film composers Danny Elfman, Angelo Badalamenti, Elliot Goldenthall, Don Davis, David Arnold, as well as contemporary composers Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, Thomas Newman, Steve Jablonsky, Tyler Bates, Junkie XL, and Lorne Balfe have all made a lasting impact on Phil's style of producing his own cinematic instrumental works.

Official Releases & Collaborators

Since 2014, Phil has worked with a handful of producers to realize his creative vision for each individual release. Most notably, Jay Schaefer of Propellant Studios in Fargo, ND has been Phil's primary producer and collaborator in the studio working on both music and film production projects. With Schaefer's help, Phil released his debut EP in 2017, Down the Metro, a precursive release to Phil's long delayed debut LP and containing the three singles Even the Score, In My Head, and Something Sinister.  In 2020, Phil self produced and released the two separate instrumental tracks Time Running Out and Ruthless. The following year in 2021, Phil collaborated with producer Sam George (a.k.a. Pick Up Goliath) of Mammoth Sound Studio in Cáceres, Spain to release one of Phil's most ambitious works, the Midnight Drive EP, containing the four noir heavy tracks Cuttin' Corners, Midnight Drive, Storm Chaser, and Cliffhanger, and showcasing Phil's cinematic style and leanings towards action and suspense writing.

Most recently, in the summer of 2023, Phil released his first official music video for his single Gone, another precursive release to Phil's forthcoming LP. Phil collaborated extensively with his primary producer, Jay Schaefer of Propellant Studios, throughout the mix engineering process of the track and also in shooting the overall music video. For the final mastering phase of the music, Phil also worked with producer & recording engineer Mike Post of MoosCat Recording Studio based out of Los Angeles, CA to achieve the final mastering touches and overall sonic vision Phil was aiming for. Additional photography for the music video was shot in collaboration with Alec Dyer, a young filmmaker and cinematographer out of San Antonio, TX. Film producer Marla Alden and actress Samantha Makley also contributed to the final production, as well as Phil's own daughter and wife who were both featured heavily throughout the video. Phil debuted Gone playing live on solo acoustic at the historic Phoenix Saloon in New Braunfels, TX.



  • Down the Metro (EP | 2017)

- Even the Score (single)

- In My Head (single)

- Something Sinister (single)


- Written, recorded, & performed by Phil Fallway

- Produced by Jay Schaefer & Phil Fallway at Propellant Studios

  • Time Running Out (single | 2020)



- Written, recorded, performed & produced by Phil Fallway

  • Ruthless (single | 2020)



- Written, recorded, performed & produced by Phil Fallway

  • Midnight Drive (EP | 2021)

- Cuttin" Corners (single)

- Midnight Drive (single)

- Storm Chaser (single)

- Cliffhanger (single)


- Written, recorded, & performed by Phil Fallway

- Produced by Sam George (a.k.a. Pick Up Goliath) at Mammoth Sound Studio

  • Gone (single | 2023)


- Written, recorded, & performed by Phil Fallway

- Produced by Jay Schaefer & Phil Fallway at Propellant Studios

- Mastered by Phil Fallway in collaboration with Mike Post of MooseCat Recording Studio

Video Credits

- Written, directed, & edited by Phil Fallway

- Production & photography by Jay Schaefer at Propellant Studios

- Additional photography by Alec Dyer

- Starring Izzy & Courtney Fallway and Samantha Makley

- Additional production by Marla Adlen

Performances & Booking

In the past year, Phil has been a featured artist for several venues in his area by performing for the Kiwanis MNDAK District Convention in St. Could, MN, the Vanna Adventure Vans 3rd year anniversary party at the Proof Artisan Distillers in Fargo, ND, and the Lovers N' Friends Comedy Circuit at the M&J Brand Saloon in West Fargo, ND. Phil's original music has been featured regularly on the local radio show Adam's Archive on KNNZ 89.1 FM where Phil also played live on-air to help raise funding for the station during their last Halloween fundraising campaign.

Currently, Phil is working on several scoring projects, as well as his next original music video and single, Code Blue, for his debut LP. Until then, Phil can be seen performing solo acoustic around his home town of Fargo in venues he frequents or live online his social media channels.


For booking inquiries, hit the contact button down below or email Phil directly at

Venues Played

  • Front Street Taproom, Fargo, ND

  • Dempsey's Public House, Fargo, ND

  • Sidestreet Grille & Pub, Fargo, ND

  • Black Coffee & Waffle Bar, Fargo, ND

  • The Phoenix Saloon in New Braunfels, TX

Featured Performances 2023 - 2024

  • Kiwanis MNDAK District Convention, St. Cloud, MN

  • Proof Artisan Distillers, Fargo, ND

  • M & J Brand Saloon, West Fargo, ND

  • Adam's Archive on KNNZ 89.1 FM, Fargo, ND

Bars | Cafes | Private Events

Like what you hear and interested in booking me for your next event? Hit the button down below and provide some details on requested dates, location, and venue size, then I'll be in touch with next steps!

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