Artist of the Day: Tarah Who?
Today we meet the ladies of Tarah Who? and have a good old chinwag!
Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band? Coralie Hervé: My name is Coralie and I’m the drummer of Tarah Who? Tarah Carpenter: HI! I am Tarah, founder, singer and guitar player of Tarah Who?
Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
TGC: I started Tarah Who? in 2006 when I moved to LA. I went through a lot of musicians over the years until I met and auditioned Coralie. We hit it off right away. Musically she is a really good drummer and on a personal level, we are really close friends. We are on the same wavelength when it comes to working on the project and making things happen. CH: I joined the band 3 years ago, Tarah and I were friends on Facebook. I messaged her when I was moving to LA and a few months after she asked me if I wanted to try out for her band Tarah Who? What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future? CH: The Tarah Who’s sound is a mix between different genres like rock/punk/alternative but at the same time we have our own sound. We have a raw and heavy sound. TGC: Yeah... It is really hard for us to put us in one category. I write how I feel and I stay as authentic to the emotions as possible. I am a child from the 90's so I have those sounds and noises in my blood but I am not trying to sound like anyone. I like what we do right now. I think that we gave Tarah Who? its own sound. I play drums and bass in other projects and it is all in different genres of Rock. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together? TGC: I write all the songs and send the drum tracks to Coralie. She then adds her own touch and solos for the live performance. I love working with Coralie because she is professional and she knows when to follow the song and when she can add her own fills. I have worked with drummers in the past, their ego was so big, you could not tell them anything or they didn't take their role as a musician seriously. They would just come to the show unrehearsed, assuming they knew the song because "It's just RockBoom, chak Boom Boom Chack" Turns out, if you don't know the song... you are going to be lost and put all of your bandmates in a really awkward situation. Coralie is always prepared for rehearsal and for the show. She is reliable and that is truly ALL that you need to keep moving forward.
What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music? TGC: I don't really have a favorite theme per se but I think I go around the same ones unconsciously. People, reflections over life, events etc... it is very autobiographical. Who are some artists that you love or who you'd say has had a huge influence on your work? CH: My favorite band is Nightwish, a symphonic metal band, more generally I love classic rock and metal. TGC: I was a big Alanis fan growing up and I am sure that I was influenced by her singing and freedom of writing. Then I discovered Motorhead, Pantera, The Distillers, Smashing Pumpkins, Foo Fighters, Hole, L7, Garbage, TOOL, RATM etc... I love that 90's sound and I am totally stuck into it. Where can someone looking for your music, find it? TGC: The easiest way would be to Google TARAH WHO? and pick your favorite media. Basically we are on iTunes, Spotify, Deezer, YouTube, etc... We try to be everywhere people seem to be looking for new music.
What's your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances? CH: Playing music, having a good time and giving people some fun. TGC: Connecting with people, meeting new musicians and bands, traveling, discovering new cities, cool venues, the adrenaline and the rush of the show. Experiencing a moment that you can never truly describe. The kind of stories that all you can say is "you have to be there to understand!" What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music? TGC: I would love for people to relate to our songs, whether it is musically, where people get the fast pace, loud drums and we all head bang together, or if it is through the stories. We can connect and think "I totally know what you are talking about!" or if it is a more serious song like "Unbalanced" or "Human To Be" I hope to inspire kindness towards each other. No matter what race or sexuality, just be kind to each other. It is super cheesy, I know.. but as I see the world we live in right now, I can tell you we are not so kind to each other. I am shocked to see what is happening in the world and how unfair people are against one another. I think that if you have a good amount of followers, it is your DUTY to influence people in the right direction. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band? CH: Making music and touring all around the world.
TGC: Our immediate plans are the releases of our live sessions: https://youtu.be/tcMErspjMy8
Music video: https://youtu.be/4xfeNfJJwAs. Then episode 4 of docuseries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Vi4OT7QdOI and after that we will be headed back to the studios to record a new EP! All of our tours and festivals have been cancelled so everything will have to be online at the moment.