The mind, soul, rock’n roll heart beat and operator behind ‘Tarah Who?’ is French / American Singer & Multi-Instrumentalist (drummer, guitarist & bassist) Tarah G. Carpenter. Born in Paris, Tarah got her first drum set at age 14 and shortly after began playing the bass, and the guitar. After performing drums and bass in Paris for a few years,in several bands, Tarah decided to travel to Los Angeles to explore the music scene. Tarah answered an ad on craigslist “looking for an artist to perform original songs at a warehouse Party Downtown”. After performing solo for the first time, the songs she had secretly written on the guitar, she decided she wanted to do her own music and started playing under the moniker ‘Tarah Who?’.

Tarah Who? is true 90’s spirit, anthemic sing-a-long choruses and a punky edged energetic live show. Live and on recordings, Tarah Who?’s songs jump out and grab at you to listen. The fact that Tarah can rock the drums just as hard as the guitar is enough to make any listener pay attention. While Tarah’s been called the female Pearl Jam, her music stands on its own and a live show you don’t want to miss.

Tarah Who? is known for being a power trio that delivers raw, authentic and loud rock. Here is the interview they did with us recently.

How would you describe your music?

We are an energetic rage rock- punk influenced! But apparently we are also progressive-alternative rock.. Who Knows..? 🙂

Tell us about how the history of the band?

I started writing for Tarah Who? about 10 years ago. I have worked with a lot of different people (musicians, producers etc..) but i was never really happy with the musical outcome. I decided to write everything (drums,bass,guitar-lyrics of course.) and now the musicians i work with learn the songs. Tarah Who? has been around for a little while now, with 2 albums, one EP that are available on itunes. We are going in the studio really soon to record our 3rd album. We have been around Europe and the West Coast, played a few festivals in France.. etc.. After the recording, we are planning to promote the new album around the US and Canada for 2017.

What are you influences/ musical heroes?

The Distillers, Hole, Smashing Pumpkins… anything from the 90’s 🙂

What inspires you?

People, events, life… everything, everyone. Depending on my mood.. and hormones;)

Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?

I write everywhere. I don’t know when the inspiration is going to come. I can write in the subway, during a practice, while driving…!! quietly at home, during a recording session or even listening to music. I get lost in my thoughts and i start writing. I always cary a pen or at least use my phone to write it down.

What is your favourite song to perform live?

They are all fun to play..I have the most fun when the crowd knows the song and sings along. So it depends on where we are playing as well. “Rainy Day” is fun to play because people usually mosh pit. “Lower Your Tone” sounds different live now because our French fans added some shouting after each choruses and we decided to keep that. “Burn That Shit Hole Down” has that catchy chorus that everyone sings along. “Happy” makes people jump. etc… I really like to play “Worst To Come” and “Cough Drop” . They are fast, fun , and there is a lot of screaming involved.

What would be your dream tour to be a part of?

Dead Sara opens, then Tarah Who? and The Foo Fighters Closes

What are you current thoughts on the music industry?

For bands like Tarah Who? that do not have a very easy listening pop sound, I think we have the tools to make things happen independently. The digital world is convenient and easy for certain things but I truly miss CD’s and what they meant to people.

There are better things like the social media for instance, that really helps us get in touch with our fans and meet new people around the world and stay connected. What you really need is a strong fan base. Your fans are the ones that believe in you, appreciate you and invest in you by buying your merch, your music and coming to your gigs etc…

What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?

Funniest: My funniest was playing at a punk bar in London. We were playing second to last and all the bands before us were real hardcore UK punk bands. We sounded like a cute pop band next to them. So I told the guys to play everything faster and i creamed my heart out. It did the trick! I didn’t take a second to talk in between songs, we just played the whole set super fast and pissed off! Everyone had a blast and thought we were amazing! My fingers were bleeding.  A lady broke her arm during a mosh pit and got mad at security for taking her out. I even looked at my band mates during the set and asked” should we slow down? are we too much?”

Another fun experience was booking at a bar in Redmond, Oregon. I had no idea that they were a strip club! So we got there, and our booker goes: ” alright, so you can look but don’t sit if you’re not going to give the girls anything” I was like ” what in the workd is he talking about”. Then we walked in and i understood! one of our best shows on tour! Best people we have met on that West Coast Tour. Amazing times!

What are your future plans?

We just finished making this music Video

We are preparing to make a third music video. It’s going to be really fun. Can’t say much, i am meeting with the team tomorrow! But If it all happens how I imagine it, it will be really fun and cool!

After that we are going to record the new album and start promoting it:)

About The Author

Always on the lookout for new music, Jo has an eclectic taste from 80's synth pop to black metal. Music creates many emotions and memories for Jo, using it as a soundtrack to her life. She en devours to absorb music, using it to inspire her creative works.

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