TARAH WHO? – interview

TARAH WHO? – interview

Photo: Scott Vo Photography

LA-based rock duo Tarah Who? channels their inner punk with their killer music video “Pantomath.” Tarah Who? is never shy to stand their ground and fight for what they believe in. 

Tarah Who? really hits ignorance on the nose, as they powerfully express their pent-up aggression towards forced smiling, nodding, and putting up with blatant remarks. – Buzzmusic

These ladies are not afraid to stand up and say what they mean, especially to those who think they have all of the answers. – New KG


Introduce your band, and describe your latest release:
TGC: Tarah Who? Is a project I started in 2006. First as an acoustic solo artist but after working with my first producer, I realized I wanted a band.

We are about to release a new song called “Fresh meat Rockstar”. The song will be released on March 31, 2023. The song is about being new the relationship between artists in the music industry.

What’s the hardest part about being a band in this day and age?
TGC: Getting the funds to do what you want to do. Getting noticed and stand out.

Social media is great to communicate with your fans but it is also really hard to keep people interested and entertained.

When did you realise that your project had the potential to be much more than just a fun idea?
TGC: I never thought of it as being a potential for anything. I just started playing music and like everything I get involved with, I took it seriously. I write songs so that they are shared and heard. I never saw music as a hobby.

Tell us about your latest release, why should we check it out?
TGC: I wanted to write a simple rock song. Something that may be more accessible to a larger audience. I hope people do check it out because the back story of the recording was that I actually got really sick that day! I had a quesadilla and for some reason it didn’t sit with me. So that happened… I actually did everything on the song too. We were done recording all the songs for the album. Then I wrote this one and I tried to sneak it in. It was simple enough so I thought I would try. My drummer had left the band at that point, but I kept the studio scheduled and recorded all the drums for those songs. It was a bit challenging but fun and I am glad we did it. It was a great experience.

How does a song typically come together for you?
TGC: It really depends. Sometimes it all comes at once, others it is the lyrics then the music, or I just come up with riffs and then I add words to it. It really depends. When I start working on it though, I hear all of the music and instruments, so I make demos of what I hear and we take it from there.

How would you describe your sound to an unfamiliar reader?
TGC: Tarah Who? Is a rock band with hints of grunge, punk and metal at times. It really depends on the emotions and the story of the song. So it’s hard to just put us in one category because I follow my emotions not the genre I want to fit in.

What do you want listeners to take away from listening to your band?
TGC: I want people to have fun and enjoy the energy. If anything, we should all relate because we all go through the same things at one point in our lives. I hope people can feel that in Tarah Who? ‘ s music.

Where would you really like to tour that you haven’t done so yet, and why?
TGC: Actually, I would love to tour to Australia, Asia and South America. Bucket list. Australia because I have never been. South America and Asia because the fans are true Rock lovers and I would love to meet them.

How would you say that the sound of your band has progressed over the years?
TGC: My songs are autobiographical so as I mature my sound is also changing. I learn new things, I try others, it is an evolution.

How excited are you for 2023, and what can fans expect from you?
TGC: Really excited! We just got back from a tour with Life of Agony, Prong and Madball and we are gearing up (literally) to go back on a UK tour with Wednesday 13, South of Salem and Sick’n Beautiful. We have a few more things happening, the album release, and more shows planned so yeah, 2023 is pretty busy for us so far!

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