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Interview: 10 Questions With Tarah Who?

Tarah Who? are:
Tarah G. Carpenter: (TGC) Vocals, Guitar
Joey Southern: (JS) Bass, Backing Vocals
Coralie Hervé: (CH) Drums, Backing Vocals

Where do you think your passion for music came from?

CH: I don't really know but my mom started playing the guitar in the music school of my town and I just followed picking the drums. I never stop since hahaha

JS: Listening to Rock n Roll around my parents growing up most definitely lit a fire. The passion came from my experience with new bands and how I related to their music. Their passion for music was contagious.

TGC: I have no idea! I remember wanting to play the drums so bad but my dad didn't want me to because it was not lady-like. I took 2 drum classes anyway that I paid for out of my 14-year-old pocket. I think I took 2 more classes until they kicked me out because I did not have money. Then I taught myself. I started to play bass in bands at the same time. Guitar came later. I was an exchange student in KY and I could not play the drums. I bought myself an electric guitar (instead of food) and an Alanis Morissette songbook! That's how I taught myself the guitar!

Then I started writing songs.. and I still play all 3 for Tarah Who? when I write and make demos. I play the bass and drums on different projects. All of the many hats we all wear, we have learned along the way in order to maintain our status in the music industry. I never really thought of this as a career. I just started playing in bands and never stopped.

Who are your biggest influences?

CH: I'm a big fan of Nightwish, a symphonic metal band, I really love this style but generally I'll say rock and metal.

JS: Growing up I listened to 311 non-stop and learned every bass line I could possible. Their music is a collaboration of various styles. I am grateful for being exposed to so many styles in one band!

TGC: I listened to a lot of Alanis Morissette growing up. She probably tainted me a little in my writing. Sound wise, I am a Tool, RATM, Distillers, Motörhead, (early) Foo Fighters (When they were a 4 piece and not an orchestra!), Garbage, Pantera... Fan.

To you, what is the most important thing about playing live?

CH: I love it !!! I think that when you are in a band, is really important to have a connection between the musicians and we have that in Tarah Who? playing with Joey and Tarah is really awesome !!! I think that people can see it and can be more into the music, feeling the energy.

JS: I agree with Coralie, the connection is there between us and it is also important to be connected with our audience. When people start moshing it fuels us and the energy in the room is insane!!!

TGC: Exactly like Coralie and Joey. It is that connection between and the connection to our fans. Sharing what we believe in, sharing our art. Being vulnerable in front of our audience because what happens live... you cannot fix :) The best thing in live shows is to be able to entertain and make you be here now, with us!

What is the one song you had wished you had written?

CH: Ghost Love Score by Nightwish !!! This song is a masterpiece of 10 minutes and it's blowing my mind every time I listen to it.

JS: Tom Sawyer - Rush

TGC: I don't really have an answer to that. Each song is someone's story. I wouldn't want to take it away from them.

What are the biggest lessons learned over the years?

JS: You can't say yes to everyone and it is ok to say no.

TGC: Damn, there are so many!! lol! let's see... Keep moving forward. Things will work out in their own time. Focus on the things that you want but learn to let it go. It will come to you. Focusing too much on something will make you miss other things. Does that make sense? Also, just ask! You never know what the answer will be. If it is a no, or a rejection. you know ... then you can move forward. but you need to TRY.

Are there any bands/artists that you recommend that don’t get much attention?

CH: I'll say Beast in Black and Cyhra, go check them out !!

TGC: BALA, from Spain.

If there is one thing you would like to achieve in your career, what would it be?

CH: I would like to be able to do a World Tour, visiting and discovering countries all around the world !!

JS: The privilege of taking care of my family and continuing to play music.

TGC: Exactly what Coralie and Joey said! to be original. Keep doing what we do, and support my family and animals. I want to do things for animals and protect them.

What’s the one thing you hate about touring and the music industry in general?

CH: It's kind of hard when you are a DIY (Do It Yourself) band, organizing everything by yourself. The fact of not being mainstream, and playing what we love, can be an obstacle in today's industry. But if you want it you can do it !!!

JS: It is expensive to tour as an independent band!!! And when it is not expensive you are either hungry or uncomfortable hahaha. But how much do you want it? And that is a huge problem I see with the industry today is people taking advantage of desperate artists who will pay to play in a venue to feel like a rockstar for an evening.

TGC: Yes, and touring is the best part of being in a band. I don't like being on a bill with bands who have a bad attitude. Who think they are better, or feel like they are in competition. Coralie and I are both women and we do get reactions from men sometimes, from other bands who talk to us like we're cute or whatever. Then we play. and they change attitude.

It also sucks when you deal with a sound engineer who has seen too many bands and is bored with his job. The same thing... we play and then their attitude change!
The music industry.. it is what it is.. it is unfair still for a lot of women. Especially in rock and on the radio. We try to use other tools. It is a lot of connections rather than actually supporting hard working bands.
I am making a documentary about all of this ;) that will answer this question! lol!

What are your biggest interests away from music?

CH: I like watching movies and series. Otherwise, everything is around music hahaha.

JS: I love to travel and explore new parts of the city I am in. I am always up for an adventure.

TGC: Psychology, Brain, martial arts, travelling, animals, tattoos, life!

What is the hardest thing you have had to overcome and how did you overcome it?

JS: Moving away from my family... still working on that hahaha. But it helps to talk on the phone and social media helps to see pictures.

TGC: Separating from bandmates who you really care about but it is just not working out musically and losing my dog last year, who had liver cancer.

I am still not over my dog being physically gone. I like to believe that he is with me in spirit:)

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