Interviewed by: Anders Sandvall
Thanks to Axel Wiesenauer at Rock’N’Growl Promotion for setting up the interview
Thanks to Cargo Records for the promo pictures of Tara Lynch
If you’re into some ass-kicking shredding metal guitar play then look no further because here comes an interview with the talented American solo artist and guitarist Tara Lynch. Besides handling the guitar and being an multiinstumentalist she also sings and compose her own music and lyrics. Her amazing new solo debut album EVIL ENOUGH is out and along with her she brings names like Bjorn Englen, Vinnie Appice, Mark Boals, Glen Sobel, Tony MacAlpine and Phil Soussan. Lynch recentley toured the UK along with UFO which is talked about further down in the interview. She claims her lyrics on the album are very personal and honest, read more about that and why she is called Gui-Tara down below.
EVIL ENOUGH is a brilliant album through and through, how long did it take to write and record the album?
Thanks so much! It took about a year and a half to write and then roughly eight months to record. I, alone, wrote all the music and lyrics, so it took a bit longer than it would for a traditional band.
What are the lyrics about? I read they are pretty honest and personal, is that correct?
The lyrics all relate to personal experiences and relationships within my lifetime. It is completely honest, totally shameless and pretty much autobiographical.
Antidote [Official Music Video]
The first single/video “Antidote” came at the beginning of March last year and has got almost 700 000 hits on youtube, congrats, are you happy with that? What are the song about?
Yes, I am very pleased with the response I received for my first single, “Antidote.” The song is a story that a lot of people can relate to. It’s about two people that love each other so much, but hurt each other so much and look to others as an antidote. At the end of the song, I say “with our mistakes we’ve got to live, but for each other we shall Forgive.” That pretty much says it all.
Why did you chose to release a single one year before the release of the actual album?
The album was actually first released independently on my own label, Tarasuz Records, in April 2018. The single was released in its anticipation. But, I didn’t have any physical distribution in Europe. So, on March 1, 2019, the album was released in Europe via Cargo Records UK.
4 of the 10 tracks on the album are instrumental, why did you chose to feature so many strictly instrumental pieces?
There is a very simple answer for this… I sing in every single song, whether I’m singing the lead melody with my voice or my hands.
I write all of my songs on the guitar, an instrument that I have been playing since I was 11 years old. The voice of my guitar is as equally important to me as my natural voice. I didn’t plan any number of instrumentals versus vocals… This was just my natural inclination.
You got numerous of well known friends helping you out on the album like Vinny Appice, Glen Sobel, Björn Englén, Phil Soussan and Tony MacAlpine, how was it to work with them? Are you happy with their work?
It was absolutely wonderful to work with them and I couldn’t be happier with the beautiful interpretation of my songs that they each provided with their own unique styles.
Evil Enough Album Release [Official PROMO Video]
You and Mark Boals shares vocals throughout the album, how did he end up working with you? Which one does he sing on and which one do you sing on? Are there any duets featured?
Mark Boals sings lead vocals on two out of the six vocal tracks. They are “Trustless” and “Evil Enough.” I sing some backup on those. But those are the only two songs on which Mark appears on the album. I otherwise sing lead and back up on all remaining vocal tracks, “Banished from My Kingdom,” Kringeworthy,” “Unbreakable” and “Antidote.” Mark is a friend of mine, so I simply asked him if he’d like to sing a couple of songs on my album and he said yes. Now, I will also go on to say that he has one of the greatest voices I’ve ever heard. I asked him to sing those two songs in particular, because when I wrote them it was his voice in my head that I heard.
I’m so impressed by your jaw-dropping shredding guitarplay and I put you up there with the likes of Yngwie Malmsteen, who inspired you to pick up the guitar?
Thank you, that’s wonderful to hear. My main influences would be guys like Vinnie Moore, Uli Jon Roth, Steve Vai, Tony MacAlpine, Tony Iommi, Michael Schenker and Ritchie Blackmore…To name a few!
How come you chose to name the album EVIL ENOUGH?
On this album, I speak the truth no matter who gets burned in the process, because I am EVIL ENOUGH to do that!
Is the album going to be released on vinyl?
I am considering it.
How would you like to describe what kind of music that’s on EVIL ENOUGH? I think it’s melodic metal but what do you think?
Oh, I absolutely describe it exactly as melodic metal. You got that right!
You’re a multiinstrumental artist that handles bass, drums, piano and of course guitar, besides that you also sing and writes your own material, what instrument did you first pick up and which instrument do you think you master the best?
Guitar first, guitar best.
You studied along with Steve Vai, Chad Smith, Björn Englén and Derek Sherinian, how was that? What impressed you the most studying and learning with them?
Each had their own wealth of expertise to share with me in each of their chosen instruments. They each have their own unique approach to what they do, which is why they’re so special. The thing they all share, which impressed me, was their dedication and focus. No matter how long they have each been in this business, they still really love their instruments and truly enjoy what they do. None are jaded. All are still as excited as ever.
Is it true you’re called Gui-Tara? Who came up with that nickname?
Yes, it is true. People have thrown that nickname at me since I was in high school. It’s not rocket science… My name is Tara. I play guitar. GuiTara just naturally gets thrown at me, so I decided to just own it and even wrote a song with it called “Gui-Tara Rises.” Why not?
Have you came across any prejudices or so because you’re a woman in a male dominated industry?
Not really. I think the women that came before me have really done a good job paving the way! However, I am tough as bricks and anyone that knows me probably knows not to even try that crap because I will succeed no matter what. Just try to stop me!
Do you see yourself as a possible role model for other women or younger girls who wants to pick up a guitar or who wants to make a name of themselves in the harder musical genre?
What are your advice to those females?
If you’re passionate about it, go for it. Let nothing, and no one, stand in your way. And it’s never too late!
Where in the US do you live?
La-la land aka Los Angeles, California
You’re heading out on tour in Europe during March/April, are you excited? What’s the best thing with being out on the roads?
I was extremely excited to tour in Europe during March and April as special guest of UFO on their final tour of the UK and Ireland. As I do this interview, the tour has already completed and it was a tremendous success.
The best thing about being on the road is getting to play in front of thousands and watch how they respond to and enjoy my music. I was fortunate enough to meet a lot of fans after the shows and hear their joyful praise. I signed a lot of CD’s, took a lot of photos and I’ve just got to say the people were truly wonderful out there!
Any plans on touring more now that the album is out? Any festival shows booked so far for the summer?
Absolutely, yes. No festivals in 2019, but hoping to book some for 2020.
Which musicians are you going to take with you on tour with UFO? Who’s going to sing the male songs that’s on the album live?
I do have the pleasure of taking Bjorn Englen with me on this tour, who played bass on six tracks on my album. On drums I have Joe Lazarus (Voodoo Six) and on guitar Kaviani (Joe Lynn Turner). I am the lead singer, so I sing all the songs.
Is your main focus the US market or the European market at the moment?
My focus has been in Europe lately, but I’m ready to focus on the US now as well.
Banished From My Kingdom [Official LYRIC Video]
How come you chose to use your own name instead of a band name?
I am a solo artist. I write all of the music, the lyrics, sing lead, play all the guitar. So, I put together a band to back me up for each tour and bring in guests to play on my albums. But, at the end of the day, it’s my name on the line, because it’s my art from start to finish.
What would you like to say to the ones who haven’t heard the music of Tara Lynch yet?
What are you waiting for? Give it a listen, buy the CD, come to my shows! Go to www.taralynch.com to learn more.
Could you give them three reasons why they should buy EVIL ENOUGH?
1. It’s a great listen
2. It’s an honest work from an honest woman
3. It’ll make you feel good and tingly all over ?
Well, that was all. Thanks again for making the interview and I wish you all the best and really hope to see you on stage in Sweden soon 🙂 do you have any final words of wisdom to the readers and fans?
Yes I do. Readers, just think about this… hit the mute button and just try to watch movies, TV, videos, games, anything without the music. Go to a party or a night club and see what happens when they turn the music off even for a second. See how long you last before you beg for the music, the sound, to return. What we do as musicians, it comes from our souls and we love what we do, but it shouldn’t come for free. It’s still hard work. And it’s work that you all cannot live without. Support artists, BUY THE MUSIC!