Name/ Artist: Taras
How long have you been performing for?
I have been performing in one way or another for the past decade. I have been performing with music for four years now.
What is the name of your first cd and how did fans respond to it?
It is a self-titled EP. Overall it has had a positive response by those who have purchased it. The CD was an experiment to try find my sound, which I did so. The CD is far from perfect but I had a lot of fun with it and learnt some valuable lessons from it.
What bands influence your style of music?
NIN, The Cure, Placebo, Marilyn Manson, RHCP, The Birthday Party, Motorhead.
What is your favourite concert memory?
A few years ago I performed as part of a contemporary art piece. The main subject of the performance was a young lady who had various sleep disorders which would make her fall asleep easily as well as she would have dreams that were that vivid that she could not tell if she was awake or asleep. She was connected to EEG brain monitors so we could view her brainwaves and interact with them through the use of music. It was all an interesting concept and experiment. This would have been my favourite gig I have played if it weren't for receiving a text on arrival at the venue informing me a friend had passed away. It was difficult to perform that night, but as the old saying goes “the show must go on”.
What brand instruments do you use or do you use your own hand made harp?
As far as harps are concerned, I use my Grand Harpsicle by Rees Harps most frequently. I also have a Hugh Jones harp for home use. I hope to co-make a midi-electric harp with Harps and Harps in future. I play an Avian Hawk guitar on the rare occasions I play guitar. I mainly make lyres however I do not often play the lyre. I do also make basic harps and have performed with them; however they are mainly for the purpose of renting to students.
What’s the craziest fan story you have?
I had a full blown stalker a couple years ago. If you have seen the music video for “Stan” by Eminem you will have an idea of what happened. He got hair extensions to look like me, he grew the same facial hair as me, started copying the way I dressed as well as what I wrote online. He then started sending me hundreds of messages each day which would gradually become more and more creepy. He would say things like “you are the only one who can understand my pain”, “I was crying because you didn’t reply to my messages”, “its your fault I cut myself”… It just kept going on and on. Thankfully every form of social media has a block button for him and his silly little buddies that continuously kept messaging me and commenting on my posts and videos trying to cause trouble.
If the person this is about is reading this; I honestly hope you have found peace with your life and have sorted out the issues troubling you! I hold no illl will towards you, however I would appreciate you not contacting me and respecting my privacy. I did not list any details in regards to your identity out of respect for your privacy.
What’s your favourite song to perform?
Right now, I most enjoy playing the Braveheart theme composed by the late James Horner. It is a truly beautiful composition that evokes so much emotion from people. I have finally written an arrangement of that song that I am happy with.
If you could have any band/performer sing of your songs, which would it be and would it be in your style or theirs?
I always appreciate people covering my songs and putting their own spin on them. I do not have anyone specifically in mind to perform them. I do not see much point in someone else performing one of my songs the way I do, nor do I see a point in me performing someone else's song the way they do. I always try play a song the way it would be if I were to have written it.
As we are promoting your band, is there anything coming up like album launches or tour dates you would like us to promote on our site for you?
I have taken a step back from performing and recording recently to focus on instrument making and teaching the harp. I will return to both at some point in the near future.
My band “The Dark Chapters” are gradually writing an EP however that is all in the planning stages. We are currently trying to upload a monthly YouTube video.
I have recently started a new act called “The String Theorists” and we are almost ready to record our first CD. We rehearse and busk regularly and have performed together many times in the past. It is all coming along quite well and I look forward to pursuing that project further.