Interview with Tarah Who?

Tarah Who? is a three piece band that delivers raw, authentic and loud rock. The band consists of multi-instrumentalist Tarah G. Carpenter (vocals, guitar), Shaina Mikee Keiths (drums) and Matt Peltcher (Bass, B/G vocals). The LA-based trio deliver rock songs that bring together the best from all genres of rock, creating a truly enjoyable and energetic atmosphere. Tarah and Matt spoke to me about the band name, their goals and the most difficult song to play live.

Where did the band name come from?

TGC: It was the subject of an email I sent to my band mates at the time. We had a few gigs lined up and I had to give the booker a name. We decided to go with Tarah Who? and we never thought of changing it.


How did you get together?         

MP: I got together with TW? through an ad.

TGC: Paul and I met through a friend and Matt came in for an audition. He never left 🙂


What inspired you to become musicians?

MP: I used to love playing in band in school.  When I was a kid, I couldn’t be around any kind of instrument without trying to figure out how to play it.  A music store was like “church” for me.

TGC: I never thought of it. I just started playing in bands and/or with a bunch of people. I don’t see myself doing anything else.


Was that what you always wanted to do?

MP: Yea.

TGC : Like I said, I never thought of it. I didn’t want to become a musician or it is not something I have truly planned. I just played because it made me feel good and it still does.


What song would you recommend to someone who hasn’t heard your music before?

MP : ‘Cough Drop’

TGC : Choosing one is really hard, each album or EP has a different vibe and sound. They are about different times of my life too. I agree with ‘Cough Drop’. But do check out ‘Rainy Day’ and ‘Worst to come’ too 🙂 Actually check them all out 🙂

What artists influence you as a band? Who do you admire?

MP: I’ve been influenced by Joy Division, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Nirvana, Rancid, The Deftones, Bikini Kill.

TGC: I try not to listen to bands that sounds similar to us, to avoid being too influenced. I wouldn’t call it admiration but I like bands such as The Distillers, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins etc… I like the 90s.


Is there anyone you’d like to collaborate with?

MP : Anyone who’s fun to jam with? That’s a long list….

TGC : I would have loved to play with Lemmy. Other than that Brody and Dave Grohl, would be fun to collaborate with on a side project!


My Mum insists that in every interview I ask; what apps do you have on your phone and which one is your favourite?

MP : I guess I have the standard boring stuff like facebook and bank apps, but I do use Spotify and Pandora quite a bit since I love listening to music.

TGC : Watsap, paypal, bank stuff, dropbox, bandsintown, instagram. My favorite is metrotimer. (metronome). I enjoy utility apps.


Can we expect to see you playing shows in  the UK anytime soon?

MP: Well, not soon soon, but sometime in the future more than likely. It’s gonna happen we just don’t know when.

TGC : Next year will be very busy for us. We would love to come back to the UK, but I think it can’t be done before 2018.


Do you have any pre-show rituals?

MP:  Set up my equipment, tune my bass, check the mic, rock out.

TGC: I usually avoid people. Not in a mean way, but I like to concentrate, warm-up, “get in the zone” 😉


What would you like to achieve through your music?

TGC: I hope to inspire people. Musically, I hope to make people happy, dance, scream and let go! Lyrically, I write about my personal life but maybe some of you can relate and apply some feelings to their own. I remember listening to music and feeling like I understood the words. Or sometimes some words or sentences popped out more than others and that was exactly what I needed to hear. I hope my words can do the same for some of you.

MP: I just want to get better and better, do very cool projects and just enjoy the trip.


To you, what is the most important part of a song?

MP: I think it’s all important, but I guess you could say the chorus. It might be the part you remember.

TGC: All of it. But you need the right Intention. Each song is and has a story. If it is not played with the right intention, it loses its meaning.


What do you think is the easiest and hardest part of a song to write?

TGC: I don’t know, it usually just comes all at once.

MP: I think the intro can be tricky sometimes.


If you’re buying music, how would you do so: CD, vinyl or digital?

MP: Digital or vinyl. Why would anyone still buy CD’s? I’d buy a cassette tape before I buy another CD.

TGC: What are you talking about Matt? I love CD’s! Granted it might be because I drive an old SUV that can only read CD’s or play the Radio, but still… I still enjoy CD’s and booklets. I like the idea of going to a store, buying and holding the CD. If I like a band or I really enjoyed a show, I like getting their CDs at their merch table. If it’s just a song that I like or that I need to work on: iTunes.


What is the most challenging song to play live?

TGC: “14 Months” and “Human to be”

MP:  Any of the slow ones for some reason.


What’s your earliest musical memory?

TGC: Listening to Simon & Garfunkel with my grandpa in his car.

MP: Listening to ABBA with my mom.


What’s your fondest musical memory?

MP: The first time I played live in a band. It was the elementary school band. I played the trumpet. I think it was the 5th grade and I remember I was really jazzed about being on stage and everyone looking at you.

TGC: My mom playing Pink Floyd or the Rolling Stones really really loud while cleaning the house. And later when I was a teenager my mom would come up in my room and I would show her new music. We would turn off the lights and listen to really loud rock in the dark for hours.


What advice would you give to aspiring musicians?

MP: Trust/believe in yourself and remember to always have fun.

TGC: Good one! I’d say:  Don’t give up, if that’s what you really want to do:) Be yourself. Don’t try too hard;)


Have you ever met an idol and freaked out about it?

MP: Not really.  I guess I’ve never met the ones who would really freak me out.

TGC: Brody! I hugged her really really tight! I also had a few drinks and I said “I love you sssoooo muchhh!!”


What would be your dream tour?

MP: Europe.

TGC: We will be doing this soon Matt:) For me: Dead Sara, Tarah Who?, Brody Dalle.


Where would you be, ideally, in 5 years?

TGC: I hope to have my own recording and rehearsing studio and my own independent label and record store.

MP: Signed.


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