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Tarah Who? on Musical Influences and New Projects!

Hello! It is great to speak with you today! CH : Thank you very much for having us !! TGC: happy to be here!:) Tell us about your latest project! TGC: We have been releasing singles from our upcoming album, coming out this September 24th. Our latest single was ‘Bad Time’ the acoustic version and we are gearing up for the big single release of “Supposedly A Man”

Who are some of your biggest musical influences? CH : My favorite band is Nightwish, a symphonic metal band from Finland. I love this genre, the mix between heavy riffs, loud music and in the background strings, choirs and amazing vocals. Before discovering metal, I was listening to a lot of classic rock like Bon Jovi, AC/DC ...

TGC: I am a big 90s junky! I love garage, grunge, punk etc… Tool, Motorhead, The Distillers, Smashing Pumpkins, Pantera etc… Do you remember the first time you realized you wanted to pursue music as a career? CH : For me it was in high school, I started to take drums more seriously thinking that I could make it a career. So after high school, I moved to Paris to take my education to the next level with Nicolas Bastos (Dagoba), Fred Rimbert at the Drumming Lav and at Agostini. A few years later, I moved to Los Angeles to study at the Musicians Institute, I graduated in 2018.

TGC: not really, it was more about doing what made me happy and what i loved. I started playing the drums at 14 and then Bass guitar. I played in different bands until i started writing my own songs and that s how Tarah Who? Started. I never thought of it as a career, it was more what i do and to pay for me strings, or drumsticks i worked on the side.. Then it kept growing and getting more attention and slowly it took over. What has been one of your favorite or most surreal moments of your career so far? CH : I think for me it was the first tour I did with Tarah Who? In April 2018. It was the first time that I was going on tour, playong in different cities and places almost every nights, it was really cool !! I cannot wait to go back on the road !!

TGC: I have a few.. i think meeting people on our musical paths, people i used to listen to growing up were now my studio neighbors or even flat neighbors! Or working with Jason Orme and recording with his vintage guitars etc… Things that mean a lot to me but that someone else would be so? Lol! Who are some of the artists currently inspiring you? CH : I cannot stop listening to Cyhra and Ghost, two bands from Sweden, I love it !!!

TGC: since i started writing, i try not to listen to the bands i love too much because i don t want to be too influenced or sound like. So i actually take a break from music by listening to genres i would not write. Generally, artists that are so into their music, i feel really inspired by. I was never into reggae for instance but i have so much more respect for Reggae now that i have watched the Bob Marley documentary that i HIGHly recommend:) What do you do when you have writer's block or a creative block? Any go-to ways to shake yourself out of it? TGC: i usually don’t push my writing. I only write if and when i feel like it. It usually comes out like a flash that lasts maybe 5 to 10 minutes and i m most likely in tears of anger or sadness but after i ve put it out on paper i feel like i ve lifted 10 pounds off my shoulders. If i forget about a line or a melody, it just wasn t meant to be or it wasn t good enough. I don t go back to it, i just put a time and date and come back to it when i m ready to track the demo. It could be immediate or months afterwards… i don t push my writing it s all a feeling. Do you have a piece of advice that you would give someone just starting out in the music world? CH : Do what you love and go for it. There will always be people telling you to stop or saying it will never work but follow your dreams no matter what. TGC: be patient! Haha! Things take time, especially big things. Don t start a band and assume “everything” is going to happen overnight. It might, and good for you if it does, but then you need to work on making it last. Know what you want and head that way with confidence. Not ego or pride, but confidence. Meaning be confident enough to know what your art means to you but always be kind because you re not better than anyone else. :) What do you hope to see in the music world as the industry continues to evolve? TGC: More female rock artists of course and more authentic bands but as your questions states, it is evolving and i like where it is headed. :) Any upcoming projects you want us to know about? CH : We are actually working on our next album, which is pretty exciting !! It's gonna be a little different than our previous releases.

TGC: i think this album is the big release and we have a few more things in the works for 2022. So we have a busy year ahead and we are really excited about it:) can t wait to share it with you! Please tell everyone where they can keep up with you and your music! TGC: pretty much any social with @tarahwho :) If you want to get in touch with coco, she takes care of Tik Tok, i take care of our Instagram. We are on other platforms but those are the main ones we use:) Thank you for your time

TGC: thank you!!

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