It is starting to feel like Tarah Who? is becoming a regular on here. I’m not complaining because I enjoy them and their music. Plus, they dropped some very exciting news in their interview, which I am glad to share with you!
Tarah G. Carpenter: Vocals, Guitar
Joey Southern: Bass, Backing Vocals
Coralie Hervé: Drums, Backing Vocals
1) What are your biggest musical influences?
CH: Nightwish !!!!! I love them !!! They are a symphonic metal band from Finland, I love the style and their music. I can only recommend to go listen!!
JS: Bassist such as Geddy Lee, he is a freak bassist!!!
TGC: I like anything that is raw. I like to discover bands and artists who have an identity. Bands who write and play music because they believe in what they do and have something to say. I listened to a lot of the Distillers, Motörhead, RATM, Pantera etc..
2) Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
CH: I really like musicals and Celine Dion of course !! hahaha. Her voice is amazing and she is a really good performer.
JS: I really enjoy bluegrass music haha that’s a bit random.
TGC: Country music? I also like really bass-y electro music like Infected Mushroom, Prodigy of course, and Drum’n Bass;
3) What’s next for the band?
CH : We are releasing our new EP called ‘’64 Women’’ on March 8th, women’s international day. We will be on tour to promote this EP the following days of the release and in September in France and in the UK.
JS : Yes exciting to release the new EP!!! And currently working hard on catching up on the vast discography. Learning new songs everyday!!!
TGC: Touring to promote “64 Women” and I am working on the new songs I wrote a while back, hoping to go in the studio this year to record a new EP for 2020.
4) How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
JS : It must be released on a Friday haha that’s for sure!
TGC: Well.. we don’t use Pandora (yet).. until now they have not approved of our music lol! so… we will see if this ever changes 😉 As of for Spotify, it is a nice tool to share your music, because a lot of people listen and discover artists through playlists. It is nice to see people accidentally get to know us through a playlist and then add us on their other social media. (Youtube, instagram, fb etc…) So yeah, it makes music more accessible, worldwide, definitely. It has its pros and cons. As a musician, we have to bite it a little because we agree to not sell our expensive recordings. As listeners, you discover more music this way. A lot of our fans would not have discovered us if it was not for Spotify. We just need to hope that those new fans and listeners do come out and see us play, because that is the only source of income for independent musicians, with merch [sic].
5) Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
TGC: Yes, I am into buddhism and I have a certain fascination for the brain and psychology. I write a lot about our behavior and emotions, and our visual is buddhist culture inspired.
6) Can you describe your sound?
CH : It’s a really difficult question but I’ll say that Tarah Who?’s sound is a mix between rock/punk/grunge but at the same time is kind of unique. We all, Tarah, Joey and I, have different musical influences and I think that you can hear it in our sound. let us know what you think we sound like :):) .
JS : Hard, loud and with purpose!!!
TGC: Raw, authentic, loud. 90s grunge with influences from punk and some people say metal.. We don’t try to fit in one category. We just want to play what feels and sounds good to us.
7) What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
CH : Depends of the mood but I discovered this two bands recently and I like it a lot !! It’s Beast In black and Cyhra.
JS : The Ramones!!!
TGC: For once I am happy to answer to this question! I am very picky with music and I have just discovered two awesome bands that I highly recommend: BALA from Spain. Two chicks that are just IN-Effin SANE [sic]! LOVE LOVE LOVE them! And Bones. two girls from the UK relocated in LA. They’re getting big I think so you should hear about them soon enough. Very cool girls, great musicians, amazing performers. I am listening to both bands non stop these days. Very refreshing!
8) What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
CH : I don’t really remember why but my mom was playing guitar in the music school of my town and I couldn’t do sports anymore so I choose drums, and I’m really really happy about this decision hahahaha. I started a band with some friends two years after.
JS : Watching live music as a kid I realized I would much rather be playing then watching haha…
TGC: I have never thought of it. I started playing drums and bass in bands when I was 14. Then started writing my own songs a few years later.. I just never stopped playing music.It’s the only thing I take seriously;)
9) How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
CH : Tarah is the one writing the music and the lyrics. She’s recording the demos by herself and give it to Joey and I so we have an idea for the structure and the direction she wants for each songs. After that, she give us free will to do what is best for the music respecting her idea for the songs.
TGC: Yeah that’s pretty much it! Coralie and Joey have a great personality behind their instruments, I like their touch and feel. Also, even if I play the drums and bass, Coralie and Joey have better technique and great suggestions. Sometimes, I have a fill in mind that I can’t do so I tell Coco and she just does it! I am VERY lucky to be dealing with mature, professional musicians who really care for the music and put their egos aside when it comes to making a song sound good, and live its story. Coralie and Joey, as musicians, understand that sometimes it is better to play simple, but with the right intention rather than showing off and adding unnecessary notes or hits. It is clear that they can both play. They know when they need to show off and when they need to be at service of the music.
10) If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
CH : [A]rgh it’s really hard to pick just one. I’ll say Once by Nightwish, I really love this album and my favorite song, Ghost Love Score, is in it.
JS : Opiate – Tool
TGC: Coral Fang- The Distillers
11) Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
CH : I mean be able to tour with Nightwish will be insane !!!!
JS : Let’s tour with Tool!!!
TGC: BALA and BONES!!!
12) What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
JS : I think singles are great. It’s a way to consistently have new material instead of rushing an entire album with only three out of ten tracks being good.
TGC: I think that it depends on your music, and world that you build around it. If you are independent, especially you have the freedom to do what you want. Maybe it makes more sense to you and your music to release an album because your entire album is a story.
Or maybe you are a Rock band and you prefer to release eps or singles like us, for more consistency and updates. Tarah Who? has released two albums in the past and it worked great for the time, but now I am surrounded by Joey and Coralie and we play some of the songs from those past albums. I have matured and I have learned a lot about sounds. We play those songs today with a different ear. You will be able to recognize it but we have arranged it with the skills we have today. Eventually we will re-record some of those tracks. I like the evolution and story behind each of our recordings. I think Artists know when it is the right time to release a song more than anyone else. If you are independent, you have to follow your guts and your ideas. Don’t let anyone tell you how to do things because they might know how it works in the industry but not everything works the same way. Especially if you are not a commercial band. Do what is right and makes sense to you and your ART. Everyone else will follow.