Falco Luneau

Biography

Falco (Johannes de Jong) Luneau grew up in a small mountain village called Brand in the western Austrian Alps. He is part of a typically romantic story as the son of his Austrian father and his Dutch mother a la "ski instructor meets beautiful tourist". As a brother of three elder boys and a younger sister, it was never boring at home. The whole family was very musical, all played at least one instrument and sang in the church choir. Falco Luneau loved to compose songs, but was ashamed of his singing, so he went to the farmer next door to present his performance to the cows and horses. So no one noticed his early talent and he was often teased by his older brothers for his passion for the farm. He did not like being at home and bugged out more and more often. In the middle of the night he went to the pub in the village at the age of 10 to 12 to admire the bands there. That was his dream to rock the stage someday. At the age of 13, he founded his first band “Shining Shadow”, where he still played drums. His brother Stefan was the frontman. Falco Luneau got up one day and grabbed the microphone. The astonished members of the band promptly heard his talent and told him to continue. This is how music and composing became more and more a focus of his life. After his apprenticeship as a metalworker and welder, he traveled the world for his work to repair ship and harbor mobile cranes and landed one day in the Congo. He sang all day at the construction site, writing his lyrics on scorched bits of paper, whereupon a Congolese collaborator from his team said he should try to become a musician. With broken English he said "You're only as tall as the dreams you dare to live." That turned Falco’s life completely upside down and until today this is his motto. The young steelmaker quit his job at the age of 21 and became a professional musician.

In 2006 he participated in the 3rd season of the TV talent show Starmania on ORF (the Austrian version of X-Factor / Idols), where he finished 7th.

Afterwards he founded with Johannes K. Palmer, Martin Zerza and Thomas Neuwirth, who under his pseudonym „Conchita Wurst“, won the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 with the song „Rise Like A Phoenix“, the boygroup "jetzt anders!". The guys conquered the top 10 of the Austrian charts in 2007 with their single "This Moment" and the following debut album „Gut So“, but the band disbanded after just one year.

In 2009 Falco Luneau won the Radio 538 Demo Duel (largest radio station in NL) as a solo artist with his song „Nobody“ and rocked the stage on „Queensday“ in Amsterdam in front of more than 250,000 people. Then his hit became the "alarm disc of the week" (the most played song in NL) and stormed the Dutch charts.

After releasing his single "I’m still pretending" and "No One´s Fool", he toured with the Dutch artist Waylon, known as the male singer of "The Common Linnets", who after Conchita Wurst became 2nd at Songcontest 2014 with the song "Calm After The Storm" and the band "Van Dik Hout". Shortly afterwards followed his debut album "Years From Now".

In spring of 2012 he composed the song "Stay Another Day" and designed a dressage freestyle for Adelinde Cornelissen (2nd place at the Olympic Games 2012 in London, 2009 and 2011 European champion with Parzival), which they together presented at the international KFPS (Kingly – Friesian – Horses – Stud book) stallion show in Leeuwarden.

Shortly thereafter, Falco Luneau had his first chart success on the Netherlands Antilles with his summer hit "Skintight" and in cooperation with DJ Yanou from the band Cascada, the song "25 Lightyears Away" was selected as the Dancesmash of the week (most played dance track in NL).

In 2013 he participated in the Austrian ORF television show "Austria rocks the song contest" (ESC pre-selection round). He presented the Johnny Logan song „What’s Another Year“ as well as his own song „Rise Above The Night“. It was not enough to win, but he stayed in his homeland to work on new songs.

From 2014 to 2018, Falco Luneau initiated confrontational and socially critical music projects under the pseudonym Wolfsrachen.

In solidarity with the wave of refugees in 2015, the first project was created with the student choir of the Music Middle School in Thüringen, “Frieden ist kein Wintergarten” (Peace is not a Greenhouse). With its cooperation partner "Team Freiheit" (Team Freedom), this resulted in a transnational school education initiative for the clarification of European values and human rights.

2016, Falco Luneau co-operated with SOS Kinderdorf / 147 Rat auf Draht in Austria and Nummer gegen Kummer in Germany for his second socially critical project “Dein Lachen – Brich dein Schweigen!” (Your Laughter - Break the Silence!) about physical, psychological and sexual abuse against children and adolescents. Also international artists like Rami Jaffee (keyboarder of the Foo Fighters, plays the Hammond organ in the song), actor Harald Krassnitzer (“Tatort”, plays the role of the father in the clip) and Ex Puma chief designer Ralf Metzenmacher supported the new campaign. The music video has received some international awards. Including in 2017 "Best Music Video" und "Best Actress" for Co-Star Lea Immler at the Kolkata Shorts International Film Festival in India. In the same year, the project was awarded the "Austrian Youth Award" by the government. In 2018, Lea Immler received another Best Actress Award at the New York City Independent Film Festival. At LA's New Media Film Festival, the music video was honored with Best Socially Responsible Content.

In addition, since 2014 Falco Luneau has been working on his new German / English-language album of Pop, Rock and a touch of New Metal, which will be released in 2019. We can be curious!