Tarah Who? [Musician Interview]

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Who inspired you to make music?

TGC: I actually never really thought about it. I was drawn to drums at a really young age and started playing at 15. I taught myself because my dad didn’t want me to learn. It wasn’t “ladylike”, he said! It didn’t stop me, I still play today;) Then, over the years of high school, as you know… there are a lot of emotions involved in a teenagers tiny brain… I started writing. I had a lot that I needed to let out. A lot of anger and frustration. I taught myself how to play the guitar and little by little, I made little demos of my songs, playing the drums, guitar and bass to them. It just became a habit. It still is my sorta therapy today, when I need to “explode” . Musically, I don’t think anyone really inspired me, but emotionally, I want to inspire people and make others feel good through my music. I want to connect and share my stories because I think that we can all relate. 

It might not sound obvious because we play hard, fast paced Rock music, but … it is there;) 

What is your creative process like? Do you start with lyrics? Instruments? Concept?

CH : Tarah makes the demos and when she gets it done, she sends it to me. For each song, she’s giving me the feeling and groove and I’m doing my own thing with it.

TGC: Yeah pretty much. The docu-series we have on youtube, describes it better.

Basically, I write the whole song (music and lyrics), then I send the demos to Coralie as she explained. Coralie has really good technique and she is just a better drummer so for the parts that I can’t play, we just go over them together at rehearsal. The studio versions don’t necessarily show how great of a drummer Coralie is, so I like to have instrumental parts in the live shows. First of all, so that WE don’t get bored playing the same songs over and over again, then for the audience to hear something new and different every time they see us, also for the “live” effect. I also think that there is more adrenaline when you just don’t know what is going to happen! Finally, because we are just two chicks on stage, Coralie is next to me so that everyone can see her, and then she goes off playing solos and whatnot, our audience really notices what she does. A lot of times after shows, people come up to us and say ” WOW! I had no idea drums could sound like this” because people don’t really SEE what is actually going on behind a drum set. Unless you are a drummer looking for drum videos.. like we do! 

What do you feel is the best song you have released/written and why?

TGC: Oh! that is a tough question! I mean it depends, I think that in the ears of the audience, “Pantomath” has been doing pretty good. Maybe it is also because we got a lot more exposure lately. I really like “Unbalanced” Still, and it is kind of a timeless song. I wrote it in 2005 or something like that and it still really applies today with everything that is happening in the world. 

“Human to be” as well.. I think that we have a lot of songs that have a deeper meaning and that is what I think makes it more impactful than another. Musically, I really like songs that I just can’t help headbanging to. “Rainy day”, “Worst to come” “Numb Killer” etc… There are all my babies! They are too personal! 🙂 

It would be like asking a parent who is their favorite kid!  🙂 Over the years, I have matured a lot in my writing too so … in consideration of all of this… I don’t know! 🙂 

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

CH : Do what you love and don’t worry about what other people think.

TGC: HAha! I haven’t been given much advice! Everyone around me did not want to pursue music. My family wanted (wants) me to study! So… I think that actually made me very strong because I wanted to prove them wrong. Prove that I could make it happen. Everyone I have met afterwards, who either wanted to change me or my music, or told me I could not do it, I just wanted to prove them wrong. It is not really an advice but that is definitely what got us where we are now. 

I have met Alanis Morissette once when I was 17 or something like that.. I told her I wanted to “be like her”. She asked me what I meant by that and I said ” well, a female musician (or artist, I forget what I said)  Like you!” She said”Well, it looks like you already are. You are a female, and you are a musician, so I don’t see what else I could do for you” I was so hurt in my 17 year old brain, but afterwards It actually really helped me. Not only I realized that I needed to be more prepared to ask the right questions!!!lol!!When the moment comes, you just have to be prepared! I also understood that if I wanted something to happen, I needed to manifest it myself. You can’t rely on anyone to do it for you or expect anyone’s fame to just help you and your music. It was a little bit of a rude awakening but it was the best experience I could have ever hoped for at an early age. 

If you could be any kind of cookie, what would it be and why? (Most important question)

CH : I’ll say a white chocolate chunk cookie hahaha.

TGC: Chocolate chip cookie. Make sure the chocolate chip is good though. 

How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?

TGC: If you are talking about social media, I ‘d say that it has helped independent bands like us to reach out to a broader audience as much as it has hurt the musicians and bands who are working really hard on standing out. 

The Internet on its own, well, I remember looking up addresses to send demos to. You had to buy books and read articles to see how to reach out to people. Now you can look anyone up, friend them on facebook or instagram and try to reach out to people or send your demos or EPK. It is a lot more convenient to send MP3’s or dropbox files, rather than sending a full demo package around the world with NO RESPONSE! Very frustrating…! Less printing too. 

So the internet has helped us, in that way, but it also has slowed us (musicians) down from reaching out to people. BECAUSE, we are now able to find this information online, everyone is doing it and the industry is overwhelmed by demos and emails. It all goes to junk and your stuff is never heard. Instead you have to have someone from the industry recommend your band. 

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

TGC: No more pay to play shows. BANNED! ILLEGAL!

and give a FAIR chance to independent bands and artists. Meaning, for festivals and awards for instance, artists who work really hard should be able to be a part of big name festivals and award competitions. You can’t reach a festival if you are not a major, or at least signed because you were not recommended. Then you wonder why a certain band got the spot, even if they don’t fit the bill. Stuff like that drives me nuts. 

Or you watch the Grammys for instance and whoever wins the ROCK category is NOT ROCK. WHAT??? Rock is not DEAD! It is just lying under a bunch of other music genres, waiting to be re-discovered.

What is the most useless talent you have?

TGC: Haha! that is tricky because on one side I don’t really believe in talents. I believe in practice and dedication. On the other side, people may have abilities that are useless, such as reaching your nose with your tongue ( which i cannot do!), or skills that are necessary, but then it would be smart to use.

But.. for the sake of the question.. 🙂  humm… I am pretty good at Foosball? 

When you’re done with music, what do you want people to think when they talk about you and your work?

CH : I don’t know if I will be done with music one day !!! hahahaha. I just want people to enjoy and have a good time when listening to our music.

TGC: I know me too! I was going to say.. I think that this would mean that I would be dead! Well, I hope that people will still listen to the music that we put out there, and that we will continue to inspire people. 

I wish for people to continue sharing music and bands, and that women dare to play more. I mean.. more Rock’n Roll!  🙂 

What is your most recent project/upcoming project?

TGC: I am currently working on a new ep. I am sending demos to Coralie as we speak. We are going over them and we will be recording in October 2020 with Jason Orme (Alanis Morissette). 2021, will be about the release of that new ep. 🙂  Until then , we continue releasing our videos and docu-series

Live: https://youtu.be/tcMErspjMy8

Music Video: https://youtu.be/4xfeNfJJwAs

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