Fab The Duo aren’t your average band. The pair, Greg and Brendan, first met on Tinder, became a couple and then, realising they had similar musical ambitions, united to share those ambitions and passions with the world. They recently released their version of Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” and have dropped the video for their latest single “I Want A Man”, which features two stars of Broadway. With a growing following of fans, or “Fabbits” behind them and having enjoyed an incredibly good year so far, ThisIsTheLatest caught up with Fab The Duo to talk upcoming performances, favourite artists and plans for 2020.
TITL: What would you say most makes the two of you work as a duo?
Fab The Duo: We honestly have no idea, but it’s probably because we’re so opposite from each other. Our personalities could not be more different but we both bring something unique to the table. Above all else, we love and trust each other completely.
TITL: What would you each say the other brings to the music you make?
FTD: We’re pretty much Yin and Yang. In performance, Greg brings the big rock baritone while Brendan brings the smooth pop tenor. In terms of the songwriting process, Brendan writes a lot of the songs and then Greg arranges them to make the music alive.
TITL: Has music always been the career goal for you both or were there other paths you considered at some point?
FTD: Yes, but we’ve both considered a career as actors as well.
TITL: Which four bands or artists – two each – might you say most influenced and inspired by? What do each of those artists bring in terms of their impact on the music you make?
FTD: For Greg, it’s Harry Styles and Pink. For Brendan, it’s Green Day and Elton John. All of these artists are glam, genre-bending, and never afraid to speak their minds.
TITL: You’ve just released a cover of Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts.” What is it about the song that made you choose it out of the thousands available to you?
FTD: Lizzo is our favorite artist right now. She is always unapologetically herself – she is a big black woman who is not afraid to be big and black. Her message is inspiring and her songs are all bops. She is “100 percent that bitch”. We’ve had requests to cover “Truth Hurts” for a while, and it feels good to make that song our own while still respecting Lizzo. Plus, her fans are called “Lizzbians” while our fans are called “Fabbits” so we’d definitely get along.
TITL: You’ve also got a new single out called “I Want A Man.” Is there a particular story behind it?
FTD: Growing up gay can be lonely and isolating. There were very few examples of happy gay couples in the media and in our lives, to the point that it seemed like having a real relationship was impossible. We know there are a lot of LGBT people who are feeling this way, and we wanted to write a song letting them know that we’ve been there.
TITL: The video features two stars of Broadway, Ez Menas, who will also soon be seen on the big screen in West Side Story, and his girlfriend Gaby Gamache. How did you come to meet and work with the pair and can you talk me through the concept for the video and its creative process?
FTD: Greg met Ez Menas at a 54 Below show. We wanted to show a happy queer couple dancing together and Ez and Gaby couldn’t have been more perfect. As they are both better dancers than either of us could ever dream of being, we let them create their own choreography for the most part. The result was authentic, genuine, and beautiful.
TITL: There are so many great and classic songs out there, spanning several decades, but if you had to choose which, in your opinion, is the greatest ever written, which track would it be?
FTD: “Bohemian Rhapsody.” It’s a masterpiece, and to this day no other song compares to its epicness. It is quite possibly the best song ever written.
TITL: Are there plans for an EP or album in the near future?
FTD: Absolutely! We’re already working on our next single and you can expect an EP from us this spring.
TITL: Do you have any performance or tour plans in the works? Where in the world would you most like to play?
FTD: We have a big New Year’s Eve show coming up at The Bitter End. Our dream would be to do a Pride tour this summer, performing at all the important Pride events across the world.
TITL: Although critics often have considerable say/impact on the success of an artist through their comments and reviews, do you pay much attention to what they say, or are you someone more concerned with the thoughts and opinions of their fans instead; the people who listen to and support you because they want to and not because they have to or are paid to do so?
FTD: Due to the fact that we’re openly gay and not afraid to express ourselves in unique ways, we know that not everyone is going to like us. We’re a lot, and you’re probably either going to love us or hate us. However, we are always blown away by the love and support of our fans and supporters, our “Fabbits”.
TITL: What’s the nicest/best thing someone could say/write about you and your music?
FTD: That we’re changing history. We heard LGBT activist and influencer Ari Fitz give a talk at a YouTube Pride event the other day, and they said that queer history is being made every day. There is no one out there like us, so we’re in uncharted territory. To be recognized as helping shape queer history would be the most amazing thing in the world.
TITL: Given that you met on Tinder and how reliant so many of us are on technology and in particular social media, are you big Twitter/Facebook users? Do you believe it’s at all possible for bands and artists to achieve success without being socially interactive these days?
FTD: To be successful as a band in 2019 you have to be constantly on social media. Our favorite platform is Instagram but we’ve been working on staying engaged on Facebook and Twitter. What is cool about social media is how one can gain fans from all over the world. Some of our fans who follow us on socials live in countries where it’s still illegal to be gay, so being able to connect online can really make a difference.
TITL: Finally then, with the end of the year fast approaching, what might you say have been your top three moments of the year, and how do you plan to ‘top’ them come 2020?
FTD: 2019 has been a year of incredible highs and lows. This year we both had the opportunity to play shows in our hometowns, and to come back home after having grown so much was a wonderful feeling. Our single release show at The Cutting Room, with a full 9-piece band, was also pretty damn incredible. Oh and performing at Austin Pride? Pretty damn cool. In terms of “topping” 2019, we’re expanding our team, recording the rest of the EP, and planning some big tours. 2020 is going to top 2019 so hard!