Q & A With Tarah Who?

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?

TGC: Under the pandemic conditions, we are releasing a series of Live songs called the Kurukulla Sessions. https://youtu.be/tcMErspjMy8

There are four songs in total.

We are also working on a new ep. We are not booking live shows at the moment because of COVID, however, we do have one show still up at the moment in Moyers, OK for a women rider festival . It is in October 2020 .. it has not been cancelled yet.

 

XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
CH : I joined Tarah Who? three years ago.

 

TGC: Tarah Who? started as a solo project in 2006 and became a band about a year later. I have worked with a lot of musicians until finding Coralie. 🙂

 

XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
CH : It’s really fun to play with people, especially when all the people in the band feel the same about the music they are playing.

TGC: humm.. Yeah it is like Coralie said. You are sharing a very special adventure. What was hard for me was to find dedicated people for a project that they did not start. Telling people what to play or dealing with people’s ego. Going on tour together etc.. you spend A LOT of time together, enclosed in studios, on the road, etc… We see each other in all shapes, forms and moods. Some people are good to play live but when it comes to the studio they freeze completely, or vice versa. People are great at rehearsal but can’t handle playing in front of people and you don’t know it until it happens. Younger musicians who think that being a musician means to get wasted during a show, or who bring their drama  (girlfriends or boyfriends) to the gigs.. and so on and so forth. Those are the negative points, but the good aspects, the ones that make you want to keep going, are all of the moments that you share, the stories that happen on the road that you can’t retell, the magic that happens in the studio, the feeling of playing in front of a crowd who enjoys your music, and shout the lyrics with you. All of this, if what makes you want to start a band because after the show, you can say  ” did you see so and so do that”, etc… We are sharing a very unique moment together and it is truly amazing.

 

XS ROCK: What is your music background?
CH : I started playing drums when I was 10. I took lessons in the music school of my town, after high school graduation I moved to Paris to pursue my musical education with Nicolas Bastos (Dagoba), at Agostini and at the Drumming Lab. At the age of 21 I moved to LA to study at The Musicians Institute and I graduated in 2018.

 

TGC: I am a self taught musician. I started playing the drums at the age of 15. Then I continued the drums but I also had a passion for the bass guitar, so I joined a band playing the bass. The guitar came later, when I started writing songs.I still play all three instruments in different projects and make the demos of all Tarah Who? songs. I can’t live without the other. All three instruments are my balance. Eventually I want to learn the piano.

 

XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?

 

TGC: I have no idea! I think that some people, who see us live, think that we are more punk rock than we actually are. We definitely have a punk vibe and attitude, but we are not punk. We/ I have punk influences, but I listen to mostly 90s grunge, punk, rock and I like guitar noises (rather than 80s solos and sounds). I am definitely more angry or passionate about what I write and sing about. We are very intense but when you dig into the lyrics, you would realize that the theme of the songs are very personal.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?

TGC: Well, we actually recently just signed with a label so we will see where that takes us! My current music career goals are for us to use this covid time to make some social media noise in order to come back from the pandemic with a bigger fan base. When everything starts re-opening, I hope to be able to do bigger festivals and venues.

We were also selected for a grammys pre-nomination for one of our music videos, showing that it was actually not that far. It became a little goal of mine to actually make it to an actual nomination.

 

XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
CH : For me, I think that recording and playing live are two different experiences. I really like both, recording is more focused on the sound and the precision to have a good take for the song, and for the live I focus more on the energy.
TGC: yeah exactly. I could not see myself doing one without the other.
I love recording. I love going into the studios. I love seeing an idea take form and coming to life. There is truly magic happening when you hear a song in your head, and you make a demo of it, and then you bring it to your team ( Coralie and Jason Orme – our producer) and all ideas come to life. Suddenly this little shaky demo starts to become this strong, heavy, powerful song. Then, it would not be all worth it, if we could not share it with the rest of the world and if we could not play it live, and play with all of our intention.

 

 

XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

 

TGC: They are autobiographical for the main part. Emotions I have felt because of relationships or events that had an impact on me.

“Sirens” for instance is about the Paris attacks, but “Hurt” is about a betrayal.

So it is all very personal and my perception or take on certain things. Mostly trying to spread love, kindness and understanding, if i were to sum up, or telling stories that I believe others can relate to.

 

XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
CH : Be able to do what I love.

 

TGC:Authenticity. I was actually talking about this with a friend of mine earlier today. The music industry makes it really hard for us to make a living of our art sometimes. Also, the people and bars, sometimes, prefer to go see a tribute band rather than watching an original band. Some of our friends that are super talented are now doing covers and tribute bands because it pays more! It really sucks! So, I think integrity and authenticity are really important as a musician.

 

XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.

 

TGC: I have a few, but one of my favorites was booking the band to play at a strip club without my knowledge. It was one of our best shows! We also made the best money on that tour!

 

XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?

 

TGC: Most people are actually afraid to talk to me. lol! It wast a request but on our last show in San Diego, this guy out of nowhere was telling “everyone” ( I just heard from other people afterwards) that I was going to go home with him after the show and do “nice things to him” ( to be proper) Turns out he got into a fight and got kicked out of the venue. so..no nice doing on my part.. but it was weird to hear that he would just spread this out. Like.. “really, man? ”

 

XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
CH : I am really thankful that my family supports me, it’s just amazing !!!

TGC: I think they just gave up on trying to have me doing anything else actually!

No, my dad was never into me pursuing music as a career. My mom just wants me to be happy. She likes what we do and she follows everything closely. Well. she doesn’t have a choice! We are really close and I tell her everything! I think they know that I will do what I want, so they don’t waste their energy and time anymore! They are just trying to be protective, you know?

XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?

 

TGC: Be you! Don’t try to be, look or sound like a band that is already out there. It’s a waste of time. Do it because you have something to say not because you want to look cool. Don’t listen to everyone who supposedly knows better than you. Your music is within you. YOU only KNOW how you want to sound like.Don’t follow somebody’s advice because they are famous or because they sound more experienced. You might be the ONE coming up with something new, different.

 

 

XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
CH : I will say Copycat from our last EP “64 Women” because there are different parts and it’s really fun to play.

 

TGC: I like to play “Ache” a lot. One it is a fun, energetic song to play. Two, by the time we play “ache”, people are warmed up and start moshing. Everyone Is more confident and comes out of their shell. Also, “Ache” is kind of like a signature song. 🙂

 

 

XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?

 

TGC: I don’t know if a band inspired me to perform. I guess what I could say is that I used to go to concerts like 4 times a week, and I just wanted to be up there so bad!

 

XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
CH : For me it will be Nightwish ( my favorite band), Ghost and Cyhra, such amazing bands !!!

 

TGC: My dream tour would be with our friends YUR MUM (UK) and BALA (Spain). I hope to make this happen really soon. People would go NUTS!

 

 

XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?

 

TGC: We have had so many actually. I think the signature kind of marks the end of a great chapter and I can’t wait for the new one to enfold.

 

XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
CH : I think I would have been an archeologist, I love history !!

TGC: Well, that is the thing.. I am playing in a band because there is nothing else I would rather be doing.

If I wanted to do something, I would be doing it instead. Not being cocky, but i have tried to think about other careers, but I get bored REALLY quickly and uninterested. I have a lot of interest in other areas but nothing to become a career. Music has been the only thing that has kept me happy and going. This lifetime, music it will be 🙂

 

 

XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
CH : I play TRX cymbals, PDP drums, Axis pedal and DW hardware.

 

TGC: Oh boy!! Ok.. I have about 3 guitars because I use different tunings. I am endorsed by Fender so I have a Vintera, and a Lead 3. I also have a signature guitar made by my friend Chris Lai back in Paris. LOVE that guitar. I use Blackstar amps, Club MKii and sometimes the silverline. Our bass tracks go through a Unity Bass from Blackstar, I have a very full pedal board.

Best way to learn about our gear is to check out our live session 🙂 https://youtu.be/tcMErspjMy8

 

XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?

 

TGC: Well, we are in a really weird time. There isn’t currently one because all the shows have been cancelled but I find the whole insta live, or live streaming thing fascinating. I love what everyone around the world is coming up with. I think that it is very interesting and creative.  I honestly think it was time for a break and we will see when everything fires back up.

 

XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
CH : I love coke ( the drink of course ) hahahaha !!

 TGC: I love martial arts. I love hitting and kicking pads or boxing bags.

 

XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?

 

TGC: Yes! follow us on instagram, get in touch. Stay safe and wear a mask!

If you want to know more about being in a band and our story:

https://youtu.be/4Vi4OT7QdOI

 

XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Thank YOU!