Brian: On DC Music Rocks we're shining a spotlight on the great songs, artists, and incredible people behind the DC regions local music scene. Hayley Fahey is singer song writer from Washington DC and you said Rockville specifically, right?
Hayley Fahey: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Brian: And what sets her apart, in addition to her writing and voice, are her live stage performances and the presence she has. Exuding energy, confidence, and love for the music. When Hayley is on stage she's home. I've actually seen this in action several times including when she performed at last years DC Music Rocks festival at the nine thirty club, which was incredible and she was right at home, its really true, when she was up there. Her writing and sound are versatile and inspiring. From her indie folk vibe, to the catchy, pop hooks like “mine” that you just heard, that get stuck in your head. Which happened to me this week, definitely stuck in my head. She performs both solo and with her band and she's recorded two full length albums and this is the second one that's coming out Saturday, April 28th called “Out There”
Hayley, thanks for being here.
Hayley Fahey: Thanks for having me.
Brian: Such a treat to have you here and get to share cause I, selfishly I know all about you because I've been a fan for a while and you performed at the festival but for those folks listening who don't know you, it's a treat to actually get to share you with them now, because this is such a treat. So, describe yourself. What would you say is, well what's special about this album coming out? What is it for you?
Hayley Fahey: Its different because its, it shows a different side of my music. Shows me with the full band and the songs have a lot of variation in them and emotion. There's some songs like “Mine” that are super fun, super upbeat and really happy, and then there's other songs on the album like "Dry Ice" or "Your Name” or “From Dusk till Dawn” that are a little bit darker and it kinda shows a different side of the music.
Brian: There it is. Where do you, where does it come from, these things? Are these personal experiences, do you read it in books and get inspired? Where do the songs come from on this album?
Hayley Fahey: On this album I'd say a lot of it is personal experience and also just experiences of even people around me that are close to me that I've seen having life experiences and I write things about them.
Brian: Wow. Its kind of cool to hear that to because that's, I feel like that where a lot of artists get their inspiration and at the same time its really fun to then hear that transformed into the songs like you've done this album. Its such a treat.
Now talk about your earliest memory with music. What comes to mind?
Hayley Fahey: Earliest memory with music. I remember I would sing and have little performances for my family at family gatherings. Whenever there was a chance I would be up there singing my heart away.
Brian: And how old were you? How old are we talking when you say that?
Hayley Fahey: I remember being four years old, gathering my cousins to listen.
Brian: What were you singing? Was it certain songs that you knew the words to, or what was it?
Hayley Fahey: Yeah, my dad was a big music lover. Both of my parents were big music lovers, but he taught me one of the songs that was one of my favorites he would sing to me was “My Girl.” I loved to sing that.
Brian: Oh my god, that's so cliché and so good at the same time. Shout out to your dad, I love it.
Hayley Fahey: Hey dad!
Brian: I love it. I love it. And so, now what about your first memory performing? Is it that same thing, at family gatherings? Or what's actually performing for someone other than your family, what's the first memory that comes to mind?
Hayley Fahey: I remember singing in church choir. I was always in choir growing up.
Brian: Now this is also, its been Rockville the whole time?
Hayley Fahey: Yeah. Rockville, Derwood, pretty much my whole life. I went to University of Maryland so I lived in College Park for a while.
Brian: Oh wow, so it really has been Maryland pretty much the whole time.
Hayley Fahey: Yeah its been Maryland. Maryland girl.
Brian: Oh I love it. God, that's amazing. So outside of music then, what are your hobbies? Or on the personal side how do you also spend your time, besides music?
Hayley Fahey: I love spending time with my friends.
Brian: Which by the way if you follow her on Instagram, she generally has at least a couple of adorable photos with friends at some point, absolutely.
Hayley Fahey: Generally yes, I do post them. We like to go for walks, go out to see other live DC music. I like to go to the gym, like to spend time with my boyfriend, shout out Daniel.
Brian: Yup, alright got it. Friends and gym.
Hayley Fahey: All that kind of good stuff.
Brian: And as far as the arts go is music kind of your main thing? Sometimes other artists also like paint or write poetry, or some other things. Is music your main, or are there other arts for you?
Hayley Fahey: That's a good question. Music is my main art, but I do have another side passion, artistic passion, and that's video.
Hayley Fahey: Yes.
Brian: Talk about that a little bit.
Hayley Fahey: I shoot my own music videos, and edit my music videos usually. Or sometimes I get other people to shoot them cause its hard to take videos of myself.
Brian: Obviously, selfie videos are just not quite as flattering somehow.
Hayley Fahey: Yeah, I'll have my friends hold the camera or hire pretty good, a local videographer too. I also do videos for other artists, I have a company called DC music and video and I do video for different artists.
Brian: That's cool. Now, music’s full time, and how long ago did that come along, with the video editing? Cause music’s been the whole time, so how long has the music video thing been happening?
Hayley Fahey: I've been editing videos since middle school. I went to a middle school for media production at the same time that I was really finding out that I loved music so, so much, this is kind of what I wanted to do. I was also finding out wow I love video too, so kind of at the same time.
Brian: Wow, okay. So its been video too. That said then you certainly should check out Hayley’s YouTube channel and checkout some of her music videos because they are, I remember sharing the news about, I think it was called “Fire”, did you have a single called “Fire?”
Hayley Fahey: I did have a single called “Fire”, yes.
Brian: There's a music video that came out with that one that was a lot of fun, sort of out in the woods, playing around with the wood friends.
Hayley Fahey: And fire
Brian: And fire, of course, lots of fire. Oh I love it. So what about, talk about your funniest moment that comes to mind on stage, performing?
Hayley Fahey: Oh my gosh. Well there have been a lot of great moments with the band, I have to say.
Brian: Oh do share. When you say a lot of great moments, that's like such a tease. Don't tease us now, come on.
Hayley Fahey: Oh man. The one that I can think of was one time, there's always talk about you know, band drama, there's band relationships, this and that, but Isaac and I, Isaac is my bass player, have gotten teased so much. He's my good friend, I just remember one time we were playing a gig out in Fredrick at The Blue Side and this woman was like shouting from off the stage, like "Why don't you just make a move already" and all this stuff. We couldn't even get through the song, everyone on stage, we were all laughing so much.
Brian: Oh my god. And there is nothing between you and the bass player then?
Hayley Fahey: No, no I have another relationship, you know, he has other relationship and this and that but it was just..
Brian: Wow. Actually while were talking about that, how did the band come together then? Has it always been this group, or how long has it been the group that it is now that recorded this?
Hayley Fahey: This group was my first band.
Brian: Awesome. So like ever since you started in I guess, high school, or college too?
Hayley Fahey: Yeah. I started, I gathered the band two years ago at the end of college was when I started playing with the full band.
Brian: Wow, and its been two years, still together?
Hayley Fahey: Still together. And we came together, we actually all are from Derwood, or live in Derwood.
Brian: No way! Now if they don't know where Derwood is, where is Derwood? And the proper pronunciation, is Derwood?
Hayley Fahey: It is Derwood, it's a little town that people generally say is Rockville, but its actually Derwood.
Brian: Got it, okay.
Hayley Fahey: And its kind of near Gaithersburg, or Rockville in Maryland, but it is its own place.
Brian: its own place that's in between Rockville
Hayley Fahey: In between the better known cities, its agriculturally zoned, it is its own little place.
Brian: Oh so like farming?
Hayley Fahey: I guess so, and its known for the Out of the Way Café.
Brian: Right. Oh I've seen you play shows there sometimes. Yeah, absolutely. Did I read somewhere, you might have shared that at some point that that was one of your first gigs, was at the Out of the Way Café?
Hayley Fahey: It was, it absolutely was, yeah.
Brian: Do you remember what you performed at that first gig?
Hayley Fahey: Yes, I do. I remember my uncle Pat was here, he's actually gonna be a special guest at the c.d. release party. You heard it here first.
Brian: Uncle Pat, shout out. There he is, alright.
Hayley Fahey: He's a mandolin player and he's coming in from California to be a little surprise guest, but I remember playing "Georgia"
Brian: Oh my goodness, going to the classics, love it. Alright now, what's one thing in your music collection that might surprise us?
Hayley Fahey: I have several Stevie Wonder albums.
Hayley Fahey: Yes, I also loved the Dixie Chicks growing up. Listened to a lot of Dixie Chicks, and a lot of Otis Redding.
Hayley Fahey: I remember singing a lot of Otis Redding and a lot of Stevie Wonder. At musical theater camp everyone would do a talent and they would usually all sing Broadway songs and I would go up there and sing an Otis Redding or a Stevie Wonder song,
Brian: Oh my god, that's amazing. What song are you thinking of when you say that? Was there one that was like, if I'm gonna do it, this is my default?
Hayley Fahey: I definitely remember “try a little tenderness”
Brian: Alright, so if you're listening and you don't know what that is, go on YouTube or whatever your music setting is and check out "try a little tenderness" and see what she's talking about. That's funny, and if there's video somewhere and I ever find it I promise to share it with you. But there isn't that I'm aware of so we won't call her out on that just yet. Now tell a story about one time you tried and failed.
Hayley Fahey: Okay, I will.
Brian: Okay, tell us. I'm sitting, I'm ready. Sock it to me.
Hayley Fahey: There's been many times that I auditioned for things, didn't get in kind of thing. Tried and failed. I assume you're talking about music, tried and failed thing.
Brian: In general, I mean obviously that would be the one that seems relevant to you, so yeah talk about that.
Hayley Fahey: This is true. So several times I have auditioned for American Idol, or the Voice a couple of times and I just remember one time specially I went in, I got a call back, like one of those executive producer call backs. They found me somewhere and they said “can you come in for a private audition?” And I came in for the audition and I sang twenty seconds of my song and they were like "thank you sweetie, but it's a no from us.” And then I left, and I drove back home. I was out in, I think I was in Philadelphia for that.
Brian: Wow, and what were you saying to yourself when you were on the way home after that?
Hayley Fahey: I was so upset. I was like “there's nothing more for me in music.”
Brian: Oh it was one of those questioning your whole life stories
Hayley Fahey: Nineteen year old me
Brian: "What am I doing? Why am I doing this?” Oh god, and then what happened? You picked yourself up or you, what happened after that? Cause you're still here, and you're still singing.
Hayley Fahey: I'm trying, I'm still going
Brian: Well there's a lot of people that think that you're doing a lot more than trying, they think you're succeeding.
Hayley Fahey: Well thank you
Brian: For sure, and if that song that just played is any indication, I think you're succeeding too. So I'm glad that the American Idol judges didn't knock you off your track here. So now my favorite question to ask is if you could offer one piece of advice, what would it be?
Hayley Fahey: Biggest piece of advice is, follow your heart. I know that's so cliché, but..
Brian: Yeah, say more about what that means.
Hayley Fahey: I'm a music teacher, and I teach all sorts of kids
Brian: What kind of music teacher, when you say that?
Hayley Fahey: I teach piano, guitar, voice lessons
Brian: So like, private lessons and stuff?
Hayley Fahey: Private lessons generally, private lessons and I'll go to peoples houses. I've taught at studios before and one of the biggest things I try to teach my students is confidence in yourself, and I think that's something we all work on and that were all constantly learning and were all constantly evolving. But just confidence in yourself and following your dreams to the best of your ability. That's what I would say.
Brian: Absolutely, great advice. Especially with music and with your passions outside of work. I feel like a lot of people listening might have those nine to five, Monday to Friday jobs, I mean gosh knows I do too, but at the same time you kind of gotta follow your heart and do the things that make you feel alive. I love that advice. Now and one last thing for those people who wanna find out more, follow you, find out what you're doing, where do they go?
Hayley Fahey: They can go to hayleyfahey.com. Hayley with two y's. H-a-y-l-e-y.
Brian: Yes, the spelling. Let's reiterate that. Its H-a-y-l-e-y. And Fahey is..
Hayley Fahey: F as in frank, a-h-e-y.com
Brian: So there's a lot of a's and y's, but its hayleyfahey. And its F-a-h-e-y. HayleyFahey.com.
And is there a social media you tend to gravitate toward more than the others? Or you use them all, I'm assuming?
Hayley Fahey: I use them all. I love Instagram, @hayleynotes
Brian: Got it.