The Employee Interview Pt XXII: Tarin

Posted by Miss Ess, October 28, 2009 04:12pm | Post a Comment
1.5 yrs employment
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MIss Ess: What was the moment you really got into music? What were yobonnie raittu listening to? Where were you?

Tarin: The first music memory I have was when I was in a car set in the back of my parents baby blue late 80s Mazda. I remember trying to slap my hands on my knees to the beat of the music, and most likely we were listening to Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, or The Beatles… possibly even The Judds. Those were the tapes that always seemed to be in the car when I was little. Once I figured out how to be on rhythm to a beat there was no stopping me, no one could get me to stop singing or dancing. My toes have been tapping pretty much my entire life.

Miss Ess: Whose posters did you have on your walls when you were growing up?

Tarin: I had so many posters on my walls growing up I don’t even know if I could name them all. But from black sabbathwhat I remember; Beatles, Dave Matthews Band, Black Sabbath, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson, Hanson (I thought Zak was such a hunk!... I was also 11), typical teen dream pics, and various years of Monterey Jazz Festival posters.  

Miss Ess: What brought you to Amoeba?

Tarin: I was living in LA, going to Musicians Institute and I kept hearing about this magical place where you could find anything you wanted. And even though it was only about 6 blocks from where I was living, it took me a year and a half to finally make it in. When I walked in the first time I felt so overwhelmed and so excited I thought I was at an amusement park… but for music. I ended up spending 4 hours and way too much money but I was instantly in love.

What have you been listening to lately?
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I’ve been trying to catch up on my roots, and put the bad music of the teen years behind me, and play it off as a bad social experiment gone wrong. But mostly I’ve been listening to: Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, The Cars, Mississippi John Hurt, JJ Johnson, Tommy Dorsey, Frank Sinatra, The Clash, Nick Drake, The Smiths, The Stooges, Ramblin Jack Elliott, Billie Holiday, Al Green, Van Morrison… I’ve also been mixing in some “newer” stuff like, John Legend, Fiona Apple, Damien Rice, Ray Lamontagne, and so on and so forth. No particular genre but good stuff all around.

Do you have a daily musical ritual? What is it, and what purpose does it serve?

When I wake up I like to put on either Dave Matthews Band or any soul album I’m feeling. This helps me get out of bed, and I normally end up dancing while I brush my teeth… soul should always go with the morning coffee. Then 70’s rock or anything that’s up beat while I’m on my way to work, and then I tend to slow it down with some jazz or folk when I’m on my way home… or as I like to call it “turning off the brain” after spending 8 hours replying to emails and dealing with self obsessed performers. This is pretty much my daily musical routine.
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What song best describes your life right now?

Well, right now I would have to go with Fiona Apple’s “Better Version of Me,” but Van Morrison’s “Brown Eyed Girl” has always been my song.

What's an album that you really love that you think more people should hear?

Eartha Kitt’s Purr-Fect: Greatest Hits and Ray Lamontagne Till The Sun Turns Black.

Who is your favorite Beatle and why?

Ringo, the underdog.

What's the best live show you've ever seen? 
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Actually it was No Doubt, Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View on July 25th, 2009. It brought me back to a good part of my teen music years. They played all the hits that made me sing out loud with my sister when we were doing the dishes after dinner growing up, and using a big wooden spoon as a microphone. It was just one of those perfect concerts where you couldn’t stop dancing for 2 hours, the band was totally together (and really seemed to be having a blast as well), and you gotta give props to any woman who can push out two babies and still jump around on stage, and do one handed pushups while singing perfectly on key.
What's been your favorite Amoeba instore?

It was Chris Isaak, hands down. He and Kenney Dale Johnson were just so nice and such a pleasure to work with. It was a fantastic show, and Chris said to me “Tarin, you are a wonderful human being,” as I snuck him out the side door … that was AWESOME!

What is the best part about working at Amoeba?

The people, and getting to do something I love every day. I mean, how many people get to do exactly what they went to school for, and be in an environment they are truly passionate about? It’s not an easy job, and it has its pros and cons, but what job doesn’t?… and Amoeba Music is a part of record store history and I get to be a part of that. It's like being a kid in a candy shop every single day.

Thanks for your time!

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