Tarah Who Interview 16/03/23
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
TGC: Tarah WHo? is a rock band with 90s rock, grunge, and punk influences. I started getting into music, by listening to No doubt, Alanis Morissette, etc.. then I discovered The Distillers, Motörhead, Tool, RATM etc...were the bands I would listen to growing up.)
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
TGC: Life, people, experiences, everything or everyone that make me feel something.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
TGC: I am too close to my songs. They are all so personal... I am happy with "Manners" or "THe Showdown" for instance, but that is because on the production side, we did some things that were different, but as far as having a favorite Tarah Who? song, I don't think I have one. They're all my babies.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2023.
TGC: Yes, We're headed to the UK in 2 weeks to open for Wednesday 13, South of Salem and Sick'n Beautiful. Then coming back to the US. No festivals at the moment but we have a couple more tours that are in the works.
MM: What can we expect from TARAH WHO? live
TGC: Expect to hear some raw, authentic loud rock! We are a very energetic, in-your-face type of band. I feed off the energy of people, so the crazier the audience is, the better the show and performance. (hint hint)
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring
TGC: I love ...Gosh I love touring. I love everything about it. I love traveling, getting to know the people I travel with, the other bands, crew, meeting new people, new audiences, learning about new cultures, food, languages, the stories you can't tell to anyone but the people who were with you.It’s very unique. The worst about touring for me is having to work and not just focus on everything music. We are independent, so the reality is that even on tour, I still have to work my day job.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
TGC: Pfff easy! Yur Mum, Faul, Laura Chevalier, Carissa Johnson, Angie Joseph I know that is more than 3 bands but it is essentially all the people I have collaborated with on this new album. Not leaving anyone out!
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own)
TGC: I don't know if it is the most memorable but the first one that pops into my mind is Garbage. I have seen them many times but there was this one night, I went and the next day I had my history test for the Baccalaureat. I was really bad at school I wrote songs during classes, and never paid attention to anything in class. Anyway, so I was not going to miss Garbage. Got wasted, Screamed and sang my heart out. I was on my boyfriend (at the time)'s shoulders, Shirley sang to me, someone lost their glasses and because I was up there I must have made a sign to her or sthg. She stopped the show and asked to turn the lights on, the guy found his glasses!!! We all laughed Shirley said "Stopped ruining my show!" or something like that, not sure if it was for me or the guy, either way, it didn't stop me from screaming (quite the opposite, I was so happy she had "talked to me") by the way I was 18 years old… The next day, I bought a book for the exam that is basically a sum of the year in short points. I read that on my way to the exam, and passed the test! LOL! Some of my friends were pretty upset because I never paid attention, and I had those books for every class since I never took any notes. And somehow... I passed the exam the first time! To this day, I have no idea how this happened.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
TGC: I don't have one big accomplishment, I have several big accomplishments. Every time you do something when you are independent is an accomplishment! Especially when you are alone. You motivate yourself, you manage yourself, you reach out, you book yourself, you promote, you write, and if you don't do it, nothing happens. For this reason, I have learned that I am actually already successful because I am still playing, and I am still having fun and more things are happening. And you want to know what is the biggest accomplishment for ANY independent artist, is to write YOUR OWN SONGS, PUT THEM OUT THERE, and PEOPLE follow you, like you and knowing that people are listening to your songs wherever they are in the world, because they like what YOU have come up with on your own, that you are part of their day, THAT is the whole point of making music, THIS is why we continue to do this. That is priceless. It's the biggest credit you can have because no one has arranged the song for you. You have created it all, and people like your music the way it is.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
TGC: I really don't have favorites because it really depends on my mood, but for the sake of the question: JLP Alanis Morissette and The Distillers "Coral Fang".
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have
people watching you?
TGC: i have had 3 first times. First time as a drummer, as a bass player and as a front singer, guitar player. The pressure is different. On the drums, you keep time, so you better not fuck up. As a bass player, I am the least stressed, I can actually enjoy and have fun, as a front.. well I usually have a few drinks.. :) I don't think of it as people watching me. For me, I am sharing what I have worked on and what I believe in. All I want is to have a good time and to bring you with me. When I was playing solo acoustic gigs, I would in the beginning get a little scared, but I was never too scared that It caused an issue. Then I did it so often and for so long that I don't even think about it anymore.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
TGC: oh yeah, we don't want to go there... I had a lot on my walls. I liked having pictures of my friends mostly, but I did have posters.Mostly bands I went to see live. So yeah Garbage was up there. ;)
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other
TGC: Oh boy, I don't want to upset anyone who actually knows about the history of Metal and Rock... I think Motörhead was a big influence, RATM for sure, Pantera, I don't .. I don't have my dates straight either... Right now I am imagining the crowd of the Hellfest festival yelling at me, so I prefer to stay out of it...
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
TGC: Right now, for me, It is to find the simplest way to send my tracks to the front of the house. I have spent the day on this and also, to keep the momentum going. Keep pushing and give the best shows, and hopefully, we will get more attention.
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
TGC: Covers are not really my thing. If I did, I would have done it. I feel like I don't have the extensive budget I would like to do that kind of thing, so If I am going to the studio, I want it to be for my songs.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
TGC: I can't tell you why you should but I can recommend giving us a listen, and if you buy it is even more supportive of you. People don't realize that buying merch, cds, music from an independent band, or opening act is the best gift and proof of support to a band.
It shows us that you truly liked us, and outside the money that we are getting (really just to break even) , you are really telling us, "I liked you this much that I want a little something to remember". It's big! So THANK YOU for giving us a chance, for listening, and for your love and support!
MM: Four words to describe TARAH WHO?
TGC: Rawy, energetic, authentic, Rock
Final Words for your fans and our readers
TGC: Thanks for having us, if you come out to see us in April, please come and say hi. We play, then we put our stuff away and then we hang out at the merch table until the end of the evening. Don't be shy!