What was the beginning pint for your music career? How did it all start?
CH : I started playing drums at the age of 10 in the music school of my town. It’s only in high school that I started to think of becoming a professional musician. I moved to Paris to take lessons with Nicolas Bastos (Dagoba), at the Drumming Lab and at Agostini. At 21 I decided to move to Los Angeles to study at the Musicians Institute, I graduated in 2018.
I joined Tarah who? three and a half years ago and it has been awesome !!!
TGC: I was drawn to the drums at the age of 14. I joined bands, teaching myself the drums and the bass guitar. I started writing my own songs and that is when the guitar came along. I still play all three instruments. Tarah Who? is my main project, and I play drums or bass for other projects.
Was there any bumps on the road? What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?
CH : Well as an independent band, we are doing everything by ourselves and are going through a lot of challenges.
TGC: My biggest challenge was to find the musicians to work with. I have hit many bumps but I would not change anything because it gave me the confidence I have today to follow my gut instinct. If you have a strong team,you can move forward. I feel like I have it now and things are moving forward. 🙂
What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?
TGC: I think finding Coralie and realizing that she was a solid musician and band member. Also working with a team of people like Maria (videographer), Angie (Graphic designer) and Jason (producer) who help us with our vision for the band. It doesn’t seem much because I am not talking about an award or any big win, but trust me! It is a BIG deal, to find the right people to work with!
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
CH : The Tarah Who? sound is a mix between different genres like rock/punk but we add our own style to it.
TGC: Yeah, I am very influenced by 90s grunge and music in general so I am sure that you can hear it in our sound, but we prefer to focus on the emotions and story of the song rather than fitting in one category. So We are Rock, but depending on the song, we can be a little punk or grunge.
What is your creative process like?
TGC: I write the songs on my own and make demos. When I feel like the structure is ready, I send the tracks to Coralie who learns the songs and either brings her touch to it, or learns as is. When we are at the studio, Jason sometimes suggests ideas for a better flow or to make it less complicated to any listener 😉 .
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
CH : I would love that everybody would be respected and consider the art more than the look.
TGC: I would say no more pay to play shows and be more open to independent artists who work hard on their craft so that everyone gets a chance. Oh! and when there is a Rock category for an award, have actual ROCK artists and bands compete!
If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?
CH : Do what you love and be ready to fight for it !!
TGC: I would say know what you get yourself into and don’t give in. If you believe in something, get ready to get destroyed and if you survive that, you are made for it. 😉
What has been the best performance of your career so far?
TGC: As in shows? I don’t really remember… we have played a lot of very memorable shows. I don’t know if I have a best performance… lol! As far as successes in general, I think being selected in the first 100s of the Grammys was very unexpected, and triggered something in me.
If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?
CH : I think I would be a archeologist but I don’t see myself doing anything else than music.
TGC: Oh,I would be misreable! THe second I am not playing music, I have anger building to my core and If I don’t release it, I get really cranky. Here is the thing, if i wanted to be anything else… I would be doing that instead. The reason why I am playing music, as an independent musician… Is not because of money. Music is what makes me feel sane and alive.
What is new with the band at the moment? What are you currently working on and would like to share with the world?
CH : We recorded a new album that is coming out in April, really excited about it !! Until then we are releasing new videos every month.
TGC: Yeah pretty much!
Friday we have a new video coming out called ‘Manners’ and every month we are releasing a new music video and single. April will be the album and we will keep you and us busy this way until live shows are happening again!