An Interview with Marthe De La Torre
I recently had the opportunity to interview Marthe De La Torre about her heritage, worship leading, songwriting, her new album, and more! Hope you enjoy!
So Marthe, you are originally from Norway. Can you tell us a little bit about that as well as your background and how it influences your music?
Yes of course. I am born and raised in a small town in Norway, where music was a huge part of our culture. I remember growing up, my grandmother would always play the organ, and sing hymns for us, and anytime we had the family over, my uncle would bust out the accordion and we would all sing together (quite an entertaining sight actually). I’m pretty sure a large reason why I have such affection for music is merely because I was around it so much from a very young age.
You have also shared that you have a traditional Norwegian hymn on the album, what inspired this?
In many ways I still feel like that Norwegian small town girl, so I wanted to pay tribute to my heritage. I chose to cover one of Norway’s most famous hymns as I thought the Norwegian listeners would like that. At the same time, the non-Norwegians would be able to witness a little piece of distinct, Norwegian culture. I think it’s one of the first hymns I ever learned, and it’s by far one of my all time favorites.
Your debut album, Preludes, is coming out on 9/20. It features Butta P. of Rhema Soul and Edward Rivera, and is produced by Spec Blackshire and Greg Johnson. Could you share what listeners can expect when they hear the album, and what you hope the listener takes away from the project?
You know, when I sat out to make this album, I really wanted to create a unique worship experience that inspired genuine and passionate worship. I was fortunate to work with some amazing producers, and even while taking a bit of a different stylistic approach, I believe we were able to preserve the heart and message of praise and worship. And my honest hope is that the listener will be encouraged to draw nearer to God through these songs and that they will be inspired to worship.
As far as what the listener can expect, well, let’s see. We took elements of acoustic music, heavy electronic rhythms, added a generous splash of synth-work, and started the blender. Voila`! The sound of Preludes was born. Ok, it was a bit more to it than that. Ha-ha. But you will for sure get both high-energy praise songs as well as more mellow and intimate worship songs. In addition, because I wanted to treat the listener to something special, I reached out to two amazing artists, Butta P. of Rhema Soul and Edward Rivera. They both did such an amazing job, so I’m stoked to have them be a part of the project. Just wait till you hear them!
How did you get involved in songwriting and worship leading?
When I was about 14 years old, I started leading worship at my youth group. Since then, I have always been involved in worship ministries to some capacity. However, my understanding of worship and my place in relation to it has developed since then. What started out as a mere passion for music, where church was my natural outlet, has grown into an awareness of God’s calling on my life as a worship leader.
When it comes to the writing, I did not start writing my own songs until I enrolled as a student at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. To me songwriting was very intimidating. Nevertheless, I took a songwriting class, and with a lot of help, I completed my first song. It was by no means a great song, but something clicked, and what once seemed like an unachievable task, has now become the easiest way for me to express myself. Pretty crazy!
You are passionate about the local church. Where and how are you currently serving in the local church?
Actually, my husband, Francis De La Torre and myself recently transitioned to help build a church called The House LA, in downtown Los Angeles. This is something we are really excited to be a part of. The opportunity to serve alongside such an amazing team, all on fire for God, is such a blessing. I am currently the worship leader there, and my husband is on the advisory board of the church.
If you could sit down with all the up and coming worship leaders and share one insight, what would it be?
That would be a lot of pressure. Let me see. Well, as worship leaders we are often trying to find ways to improve our team and pursue excellence. I don’t think there is anything wrong with doing that. Yet, sometimes I think we don’t have a clear understanding of what that really looks like. I believe that excellence in worship is achieved, when God is glorified, and when the people engage in sincere and passionate worship.
This might look different from worship team to worship team and from church to church. There is no set formula that will work in all places. But in order to get these results, we need to change our focus from the performance of the team, to the participation of the congregation. The main purpose for the worship leader is always to encourage the congregation to worship, and to facilitate an environment and atmosphere fit to do so. And over time, as you and your team grow together spiritually and musically, you will be able to function at a higher level of efficiency when it comes to leading the congregation into the presence of God. Also, be patient. This does not happen over night.
How can our readers connect with you online and purchase your new album when it's available?
My album Preludes will be available on iTunes Friday, September 20th, and the two singles from the album can still be downloaded for free at MartheDelatorre.com. I'm on social media too, and I would love it if you stopped by and said hi sometime.
Here's a recent video interview where Marthe shares her story & heart:
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