Faye Safiro

  • Genre
  • Electronic
  • Awards and Nominations
    • SAMMIES 2019 Nominee★ Electronica/Experimental ★
  • Musicians
    • Faith Pena — producer, vocals
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Q & A

How do you describe your music to people?


I always tell people that my music is a form of emotional documentation. I try to capture the feeling of a particular time in my life through these songs with their sound and lyrics, kind of like a photograph or painting could, but with sound.

Tell us about your best gig in Sac.


I think my best show in Sac so far has to be a set I played at the Fox & Goose on February 2, 2018. I remember it being the biggest crowd I had ever performed in front of so far. My nerves were so tense and stage fright was at an all-time high, but hearing the crowd applaud so passionately and people telling me how good my set was after I was finished made it a night I’ll never forget. Also, my mom and stepdad were in the crowd that night, too, and that being the first time they ever heard my music, I could tell I made my Mom proud. So that made the night even more special.

What was the first song you learned to play?


The first song I learned to play was Blitzkrieg Bop by Ramones when I was about 10 years old—on guitar, since I loved playing that song on the videogame “Rock Band” and wanted to learn how to play it on a real guitar.

What's next for you?


I’m currently working on a Single that I wrote and made the instrumentation for all by myself. I might even film a music video for it, who knows. Currently, I’m not in a rush to create anything new, since my creative process is mostly random bursts of energy and I prefer to make music when the feeling is right instead of forcing myself to write and make new music all the time. I do want to start working on another EP or maybe an album soon, but without using any samples or covers, just original songs from beginning to end, but I know that will take a lot longer to make than it usually would.

What's the story behind your stage name?


I used to go by “Slug Muffin” when I first started my solo project but I realized I didn’t like that stage name, since it sounded more like a band name. So instead I put my nickname “Faye” and birth stone together, which is sapphire, but the Spanish version of the word, “Safiro,” was much more unique, and I feel fits me the best—especially since I am Mexican American.

What's your favorite local artist/group?


I know there are so many talented and amazing artists who make up the local scene, but if I were to pick my personal favorites, I’ll list a couple here. The first is Ratbaby, a female trap/cloud rap icon. The next is Killuv, a female bedroom-pop singer who I find myself personally inspired by, musically. From being a fan of each of their music to becoming their friend, I’m grateful to have these talented women in my life!

Who are your biggest influences?


Frank Ocean, Dean Blunt and “Charles” (Charlotte Linden Ercoli Coe).

Who first inspired you to play music?


Frank Ocean.

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