Editor’s Note: Out of Paris and Los Angeles, Tarah Who? is a three piece band that is composed of Tarah G. Carpenter on vocals/guitars, Coralie Herve on drums/background vocals, and Joey Southern on bass/background vocals. They have recently released a music video for “Numb Killer” which is about the terrorist attacks at the Ariana Grande concert. The band Tarah Who? sat down with Madness To Creation in this lively interview Definitely looking forward to hearing more from this band, but in the meantime, fans can find Tarah Who? at the following locations:
Madness To Creation: According to your Facebook page, you’re located out of Paris and Los Angeles, tell us about those two music scenes.
Coralie: Paris has a big scene for jazz, french music and metal but not really for rock or for Tarah Who?’s music. Los Angeles, of course, has a great rock scene.
Tarah: As a musician, I feel like people in France are more supportive with one another. First of all you get in touch with everyone who is on the bill and you discuss who brings out so that it is fair for everyone. In LA, you are on your own, you bring all of the gear that you are going to use, you don’t know who you are playing with, you come when you play, play and leave. It is rare that everyone stays and introduces themselves. This is one of the reasons why we do not like playing in LA anymore. We believe in a community, we are all on the same boat, trying to make it, there is no such thing as competition. If anything, we could help each other out. In LA people talk a lot and it is more about “who you know” that what you actually do, and how good you truly are. People are more popular if they know so and so or if they look the part. Playing in Paris for us is not the best because of the decibel restrictions that shut off the electricity if you play too loud. So clearly for Tarah Who? it is an issue. In France overall it is more fun, the venues are warmer, and if you don’t get paid for sure you get a really nice welcome, food, and open bar. People are excited to have you. LA , has too many pay to plays, or hard to get venues (must know or be friends or be hype) and all of that BS. This is why we prefer touring, because people really appreciate us outside of LA, we get paid, food,drinks, sell merch, staff is nice and you make memories and friends. Don’t get me wrong, I love LA, but realistically, the music scene is BS. The worst part is of course the pay to play.
Tarah: I have never really thought of it. It was not a path I was choosing, It was and is something that I have started and keep doing. I started playing the drums and the bass in bands at the age of 14. Later I taught myself the guitar and started writing songs. Music has always been my escape, and in fact the only time I could be myself. I feel like no one really knows me until they have seen me play. First because I write about my true emotions and second because there is no hiding up there (on stage). I have always felt that my band mates knew the real me because there was no hiding with them. We go on tour, share stories, go through a ton of emotions and mood changes, it is normal. We live the same dream and adventure. You can’t really tell anyone about this, you have to go through it. “Have you seen this person while we were playing?” or you stop at a gas station and this happens, or whatever it is. What we experience is unique (each band has their stories) and you can’t really tell the stories. There is so much happening in a rehearsal but when someone asks me ” how was your practice?” I can only “great! thanks!” Because really, do you want to know, that today we came up with a new part, but then we were struggling with this rhythmic section so you know.. we looped part A for a while and then we finally got it! I mean you know! Waaa”
Tarah: ‘Numb Killer’ is about the terrorist attacks at the Ariana Grande’s show in Manchester. I remember sitting the backseat of my friend’s car going up to Ventura paddle boarding.
Madness To Creation: Big summer plans for Tarah Who?
Coralie: We actually gonna prepare ourselves for our European Tour (France and England) in September.
Tarah: Yes like Coralie mentioned we are planning on going to Europe in September, but prior to that, we have a couple shows in and around LA. We are actually currently working on the release of our new music video for ‘Hurt’, as well as our documentary. All members of Tarah Who? are also part of another project called Jane Gray Black Orphan, that is more like a Tool type of sound. Coralie and I are playing the drums (Yes, there are two drums 🙂 ° Joey plays the bass and one of the previous bass player of Tarah Who? Ash Orphan, plays the guitar and sings. It is a very different and fun project to work on on the side. I am also working on making new demos for Tarah Who?’s next Ep (2020) while Coralie and Joey learn songs for the European tour.
Joey: I am the newest member of the band. We met back in April 2018 via Facebook messenger…
Tarah: Thank you for your support! We cannot wait to release our documentary so that you get to know us and the music industry as an independent band and women in the music industry today!