Interview with Tarfu
- by Dawn Reed
The Deli: How did the band start?
Tarfu: Like a TV show from the early 00's childhood schoolmates Geoff Simons(rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist) & Tovaun "Aeoxis" McNeil(lead guitarist and vocals) met up after not seeing each other in years to find out the only thing that had really changed over the years is that they both had a new found love for the guitar.
What are your biggest musical influences?
Hmmm biggest musical influences, there are a lot of them starting with Parliament & Bad Brains all the way to The Pixies, Red Hot Chili Peppers, & Nirvana. Also we have to give credit to all the J-Rock /K- Rock artists we love especially The Pillows and Flow.
What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
Besides the bands that we previously mentioned as our inspiration. we're currently in to TV on the Radio, Death Grips,The Flaming Lips, Radiohead, DanceGavinDance, The Fountainheads, Crossfaith, Beau Young Prince and the whole Dope Collective, Oshwa, Bad Mooka, RDGLDGRN, Opeth, Alive in Standby, Louder Than Quiet, and Childish Gambino, just to name a few.
What's the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
David Morton (Bass)- My First Concert I was 12 and I saw Hall & Oates. First CD Speakerboxxx/The Love Below By Outkast
What do you love about DC's music scene?
All the different kinds of music and different venues you can find in a relatively small area.
What would you like to see change in the local music scene?
I would like to see more artists working together to build the scene. Also more respect for D.C.'s Musical History.
What are your plans for the upcoming year?
2014 we plan to be on the road hitting as many cities as possible and we'll be crossing our fingers for a deal from Dischord Records
What was your most memorable live show?
Every show is quite memorable. Yesterday was even quite exciting getting to meet and hang out with members of Sparks The Rescue, Kingsfoil which includes Frankie Muniz Lion in the mane & Alive in standby, but watching Aeoxis Stand on top of the speakers at Empire while we played is our most memorable live moment.
Is there someone who has helped your band grow through support?
There are several people. Our Parents, Justus E'mori Diggs, Malcolm Jamal Cook, Tyler Greene, and our brothers from Bad Mooka Marc Saucer, Zach Polson, and Shaw Camphire.
Is there a piece of equipment you couldn't live without and why?
Geoff has this distortion pedal and we couldn't live without it because it's the only thing left from the equipment we had when we started.