We had the good fortune of connecting with Martie Faye and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Martie Faye, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
One I always think about is a quote by Zig Ziglar: “Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.” I heard it for the first time when I was just starting to professionally pursue music. For me, it reminds me that as long as I keep putting in the work, and a long as I continue to grow in my craft, the opportunity meant for me will come. Conversely, it also helps me in moments of loss and rejection, reminding me that that opportunity was for someone else, it was their time not mine.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
I only started writing songs at 17, but I’ve always been a writer and poet. I had a particular fondness for spoken word poetry, likely contributing to the cadences and internal rhymes I like to employ in my songs. I’m also self taught on ukulele, guitar, and piano. But I grew up singing in church and at school, so I essentially learned music theory by osmosis. During the lockdown, I also taught myself how to produce my music start to finish, which has been a rewarding challenge. I released my debut EP “Reaching out for a Lullaby” back in February and right now, I’m working on two more EPs that I plan on releasing before the end of 2021.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love this question because my best friend and I have a shared note full of restaurants to try in the LA area! Being Filipino, I’d bring them to Little Ongpin on Sunset for some traditional fare. My mom’s friend Marci is a chef there and it’s great to get an authentic taste of my homeland.
I’d also love to bring them to the Original Farmer’s Market on Fairfax & 3rd, there’s enough restaurants there for three meals every day of the week!
My best friend and I love to hike, so we’d try to hit up some trails in Runyon Canyon and the Angeles National Forest. And of course a trip to LA wouldn’t be the same without a trip to the beach, so we’d drive up the PCH to Malibu, and maybe take a hike there as well.
I’ve noticed that the most inconspicuous places are often the coolest, so even if we just wandered around downtown or any neighborhood (from Silver Lake to Culver City), I’m sure we’d find something wonderful.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’m the sort of person that keeps a laundry list of people who’ve helped me along the way. There’s my mom who’s been my life long role model and cheerleader. She’s constantly pushing me to be my best. There’s also my best friend Munir; he’s the first person I send my songs to, my listening ears.
Also, I would not be the writer I am today without all my english teachers who helped shape my writing voice throughout the years!
Other: Band camp: https://martiefaye.bandcamp.com/