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Tarah Who? Interview – “There’s no competition, let’s help each other out!”

Talking with Tarah G. Carpenter and Coralie Hervé of Tarah Who?, we discuss how pay-to-play is creating faux stars, the release of their new single and who they’d like to collaborate once everything has returned back to normal.

Any new projects going ahead for 2020?

Now that the music video has been released, we’re going to focus on the writing and demo-ing of the new EP. In the meantime, we will be releasing videos from our live sessions that we recorded right before the lockdown.

Who would you say are your biggest influences?

TGC: I listen to a lot of different genres of music. Mainly, I grew up listening to bands like The Distillers, Smashing Pumpkins, Motorhead, The Foo Fighters, Hole, Pantera etc…

CH: Nightwish for sure! I love metal, especially the symphonic style, and classic rock.

Favourite albums?

TGC: For Nostalgia, Alanis Morissette, JLP.

CH: I’ll say Once and Endless Forms Most Beautiful by Nightwish.

Have there been any major changes to the music scene in the time your band has been performing?

TGC: Yes and no. No, because we still have the same glitter bands who just go on stage for instant fame but without any real message. Dressed up like rockstars more than having a rock attitude, but, you know… each to their own. Then you have independent bands like us who do not support pay to play whatsoever, and find their way in playing for free. Bowling alleys, barber shops (I’ve always loved that concept), or cool events that support the independent music scene.

Advice for new musicians looking to survive?

TGC: Don’t give up, be yourself, and most importantly, support each other! There is no competition here, let’s help each other out.

Anybody you would like to collaborate with in the future?

TGC: I would love to tour (again) with YUR MUM from the U.K., and add BALA from Spain. If we can come up with a song together, I think we’d scare people away! It’d be one savage song.

Tamarah Who?’s latest single, Pantomath, can be found below.

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Ewan Gleadow
Ewan Gleadow
Editor in Chief at Cult Following | News and culture journalist at Clapper, Daily Star, NewcastleWorld, Daily Mirror | Podcast host of (Don't) Listen to This | Disaster magnet

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