Tarah Who? Interview 18/11/19
Tarah G. Carpenter: vocals, Guitar
Coralie Hervé: Drums
MM: Which two tracks would you play me to introduce us to your Band
CH : One of our single "Numb Killer" and "Ache".
TGC: I would say “Numb Killer” as well, it has the heavy sounds and anger we like to project live.
And “Pantomath” our new single:)
Tarah Who? Has been around since 2006 so i have worked with a lot of producers and musicians but also, myself as a writer has gone through events in life that has changed my writing, made me more confident and just overall with age, mature.
Another good one that is actually out would be “Cough Drop” .
I agree with “Ache” being a good song to advertise but our live version is slightly different :)
MM: Can you give us details on tours/festivals for the rest of the year and going into 2020
TGC: we just finished touring for 2019. We are now working on the release of the new single but also i am finishing episodes of “How it all began” the docu series aboit the band and being an independent band and women in rock. It is available on youtube if you want to check it out:) i am also finishing demos for a new ep for 2020.
I am currently booking 2020 and we are starting the year with a west coast tour:) stay tuned for the dates!
MM: What can we expect from Tarah Who? live
CH : We have a raw and heavy sound, if you want to have fun and be entertain you'll like it !!!
TGC: yeah, we like to bring people on stage and play with what is happening in front of us.
We like to get people involved and let go!
Our shows are very lively and fun, loud, and rock n roll!;)
MM: Can u tell me what do you like best about touring And worst?
CH : The best about touring is to visit and play in different cities every day, and the worst is, for an independent band, to drive, load and unload everything by yourself.
TGC:exaclty! I love touring. I love being out there, meeting new people, new fans, seeing how people around the world react to our music. The worst part for me is When you run into scary situations. Being two women on the road, it can get pretty scary, especially for out of towners..
or when you get to the venue and they change the deal on you or cancel the show because another band dropped out or whatever..
MM: Who would be your ultimate bands to tour with
CH : I would love to tour with Nightwish and Ghost.
TGC: i love to tour with Yur Mum so any tour with Yur Mum and i would add Bala:)
MM: With so many Bands out there..How do you intend to stand out from the others?
TGC: it is hard.. i mean the thing is we are women but we are not going to dress up and be vulgar to get more attention, and even though we do come up with a few stand out ideas, it is hard to achieve our goals. This is why touring for us works best because we get a one and one with people we have actually met and now we can “start a relationship. “ they have seen us they knwo what to expect and when they comment we know who they are.
MM: When did you first realise you had such a musical talent and do you remember your first ever performance
CH : I began to play drums at the age of 10, it was for fun at the beginning and I know I wanted to do that as a living in high school. I remembered my first performance, I was 10 and I played congas with my teacher hahaha.
TGC:oh gosh! I don t know if i have a musical talent.. i started playing music at the age of 14. I wanted to play the drums but my dad didn t want me to because it was not ladylike. So i taught myself by joining a rock band, same for the bass. At the age of 16 i was an exchange student in Kentucky. I could not play the drums there so i got myself an electric guitar and taught myself the guitar and started writing songs. I came back to Paris to finish High School. I had 2 bands. One in which i played the bass, the other the drums and i wrote songs on the side. When i was 21 i moved to LA to pursue all of this. Now we are in 2019 i am
Just doing the exact same thing with more confidence and business mind;)
Yes i do remember my first concerts for each instrument;)
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why?
CH : I've seen Nightwish three times and they always amazed me !!! I just love their music and they are just amazing !!
TGC: i think one of the many Garbage live shows. That one time i got really drunk and sang my heart out to the point that i did not have a voice anymore. Shirley actually stopped the show at one point because i had accidentally knocked someones glasses off their face. I went on my friend’s shoulders, Shirley reached out for my hands and i was giving her a sign that this guy had lost his glasses. She stopped the show, asked to turn the lights back on. He found his glasses and then kept on playing. See... that s how drunk i was.. the next day i had my baccalaureat exam and passed! Lol!! I had no idea which topic we were doing but somehow it all worked out!
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with Tarah Who?
CH : Touringfor sure !! In two years and a half we have done four tours already, it's really awesome !!
TGC: in my opinion we keep having more and more accomplishments and little successes that are hard to explain to people who don t know what it is to be in an independent band. Things don t happen overnight. Getting our Blackstar endorsement was a big success to me, ernie ball as well, i have been playing their strings since the longest time and now i m part of their artists!
Lately, soemthing i could actually share with my family, and they understood it was being pre selected for the grammys2020.
I know it s still far from the actual selection but at least the jury will consider our music and that s a huge step!
MM: Which are your Two favorite albums of all time and what they have meant to you personally
CH : For sure "Once" by Nightwish, my favorite song "Ghost Love Score" is in it, and their last one "Endless Forms Most Beautiful".
TGC: jagged little pill and coral fang.
JLP i was 15 and spent my teenage years listening to it, Coral Fang was right after and i was like Yes!! That s what i want to do!!
MM: Where would you like to see yourselfs in 5 years time ?
CH : I would love to be touring the world!!
TGC: big name, big festivals, touring the world, having my own recording studio and just keep playing and meeting people and exploring every culture.
Help where and when i can, inspire people through our music.
MM: Four words to describe Tarah Who?
CH : Heavy, Loud, Raw and Energetic !!
TGC: you got all the good words Coco!
Authentic, Rock, Women, Duo
MM: Can you tell me why we should check out Tarah Who?
TGC: well first of.. Why not?;)
But also, if you like or miss 90 s music, you will be served.
“If motorhead was fronted by Alanis Morissette” was how have been described on our previous tours nationwide.. i think it is very accurate!
Give us a listen and come out to the shows:) it s a blast !