Six years ago, brothers Tyler Falcoa, 22, and Ryan Falcoa, 20, of Bristol had no idea that setting up a YouTube account would lead to musical fame. But when their “funny skit videos” went viral, they saw an opportunity – and an audience – to showcase their musical talents. Tyler and Ryan became known for covering hit songs, and in 2014, they were named the winner of Ryan Seacrest’s “All About That Bass” cover song contest.
Now, they have a manager, a social media following that reaches more than 100,000 fans, and they’ve just released their first-ever original EP, Basement Diaries.
“We wanted to make a change from being cover artists to original artists, and we wanted to branch out of the YouTube scene,” says Tyler.
“There’s so much going on on YouTube and there’s so many people doing the same songs and the same covers. We’ve gained a lot of success doing that. However, we have so many songs that we’ve been writing and recording, and we just haven’t put it out there.”
Basement Diaries, a five-month labor of love, was recorded in the Falcoa’s basement studio. The album, which includes a mix of genres, features six tracks, including “Thief,” a catchy love song with a pop vibe, and “Worth the Wait,” co-produced by EDM producer ERIK, the only track on the EP not fully produced by Tyler & Ryan.
“We’re constantly reinventing the sound, and I think we finally got to a point where every track sounds different but still has that Tyler & Ryan vibe,” says Ryan.
The guys attribute part of their success to the local community.
“Bristol has supported us so much from the start, since we were kids,” says Tyler. “I was 16 and Ryan was 14, and we were playing Led Zeppelin in bars downtown. Even through the success of everything, Bristol is one of those towns where the people just always have your back.”
In the future, the guys will start playing more shows in New York and out west, expanding their reach past the Northeast.
“We’ve always been taught to work, work, work,” says Tyler. “Keep working for what you want to do. And that’s exactly what we’re doing. And we love it.”