Short Bio

      I was born Martin Stamper and I earned my moniker when I passed out and died a few times and was finally diagnosed with a heart condition that makes my heart fibrillate or race? "Fast Heart Mart"! Don't worry, I now have a defibrillator that shocks my heart back into beating so I can keep singing songs about questioning the system, the Big picture, and other fascinating things! I hope my music is very interesting and funny and not so loud that you feel like you couldn't turn to a friend standing beside you and chat a bit and that you can hear the lyrics. I mean it gets loud in parts, but on the whole I hope it's a reasonable volume?  I sing, play guitar, banjo and harmonica sometimes by myself (solo) and sometimes with a band. My music is a blend of rock-folk-punk-blues-grass-raga OR Sonic Folk-Rock for short.

      Established in 1999, I have toured a lot in my Volkswagen Vanagon (32,000 miles on vegetable oil), played shows from coast to coast in the USA, toured both islands of New Zealand, released about 10 albums, and opened for some really great musical acts, such as The Handsome Family, Jeffrey Lewis and the Junkyard, Beck (unoffically twice out on the street at his concerts, though he thanked me once), Golden Boy (Elliot Smith's guitar sidekick) Calexico, Railroad Earth, Nathan Payne, Ok Go, Lucero, Megan Jean and the KFB and tons of my friends' amazing bands.

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Who and What is "Fast Heart Mart"?

FAQ's:

Q: What do you prefer to be called?

A: Most people call me Martin which is fine, but I really like it when people call me Fast Heart Mart or Fast Heart or Mart.

Who is "Fast Heart Mart" ? (video)

Musicians I've played with

The band I currently collaborate with called "The Western Collective": Chad Farran,  Justin Werner, Jamie Shadowlight, Fast Heart Mart and Trent Hancock

The band I currently collaborate with called "The Western Collective": Chad Farran, Justin Werner, Jamie Shadowlight, Fast Heart Mart and Trent Hancock

For info. about musicians I've played with click (here)


 

Spirituality

I have chosen to follow the teachings of Bahá'u'lláh as closely as I can since 1997. Followers of Bahá'u'lláh are called Bahá'ís. Together Bahá'ís practice the Bahá'í faith. Basically, Bahá'ís want world peace and believe that Bahá'u'lláh has left us teachings to achieve this. Bahá'ís believe all the world religions are from the same source. Please write me or talk to me at a performance with any questions about the Bahá'í faith. 



Occupy DC

Read about my Occupy DC Experience (here)

Check out these sites for the latest updates etc..

Click here for The Song of the Week according to Fast Heart Mart

Click here for The Song of the Week according to Fast Heart Mart

Check out The Fast Heart Mart Dignified concert series by clicking the image above.

Check out The Fast Heart Mart Dignified concert series by clicking the image above.

Proud Endorser of this Yoga company.

Proud Endorser of this Yoga company.