It’s May, and I’m artist of the month on the Deli Mag site. That’s really nice but more importantly, I got the chance to express some thoughts on china, materialism, various social issues, and cesaria evora.
My interview went exactly like this:
The Deli: How did you start making music?
Tamar Dart – Little Strike: I started making my own music after living in China for a year in 2012. Seeing so many people struggling, it reminded me to feel lucky to have access to instruments, shelter, food and a little bit of space too. It gave me something to say.
TD: Where did the band name Little Strike come from?
TD – LS: Little Strike is me. Strike means both action and inaction: to hit or to halt. It’s insane. I love when language does that… Ambiguity like this allows for poetry, and all poetry, even bad, is at least very honest. Little Strike is like making lots of eye contact and being very honest. I thought of this name after finding a tiny miniature key in my house when I first moved to Philadelphia nearly 2 years ago. A light went off.
TD: What are your biggest musical influences?
TD – LS: Radiohead, Nina Simone, Cesária Évora, Sam Cooke, Stromae, Aphex Twin, Leonardo Favio, Ali Farka Toure, tropical fruit, deep-sea friendships, every language ever, relentless positivity, people taking action.
TD: What artists (local, national and/or international) are you currently listening to?
TD – LS: If you’re looking for brilliant musicians, here they are: Dead Beat Dad, Sports Coach, Kidaudra, Snow Caps, Spiral the Turntabalist, Willow Talk, Commonwealth Choir, Shorty Boy-Boy, The Dewars, Acres of Diamonds, DJ Mouth Kisser, The Original Crooks and Nannies.
TD: What’s the first concert that you ever attended and first album that you ever bought?
TD – LS: My first concert was CKY at the Culture Room in South Florida. The Culture Room, the perfect name for a room you don’t feel like taking very seriously – it’s nice. I like it! It was right after I moved to the U.S so back then watching any performance in English was exciting for me. Nowadays, I primarily look for music in languages that I don’t understand. The first album I bought was Aerosmith’s Big Ones. So. Much. Rock.
TD: What do you love about Philly?
TD – LS: Philly is cool. I love when I hear people being honest about real topics; in other cities I’ve lived in, people often talked about their hats and their belts. Personally, I don’t think about hats and belts before I fall asleep.
TD: What do you hate about Philly?
TD – LS: Winter.
TD: What are your plans for 2015?
TD – LS: In 2015, I plan on being really honest while making music and living my life. I’ll continue to talk about important things, such as shattering the myth of materialism ever bringing lasting joy (can any amount of shoes truly satisfy you?), mangos (I’m a big advocate), friendship and the importance of breathing in. I’ve been writing essays about my experience as a performer. I’ll continue to produce earnest prose, go to my website for a taste, or come to a show; let’s have a talk.
TD: What was your most memorable live show?
TD – LS: My most memorable live show was the first show I ever played. It was last summer, and it took place in a lovely South Philly home. It was on my birthday, and it was a complete beautiful disaster. It made me realize that live performances shouldn’t be selfish. It’s not just about me; it’s about everyone and how we all feel together in the same room. If mistakes happen, so be it. What matters is how we handle tough times, mistakes, and blunders; they’re not the end of the world. In fact, those tricky moments – that’s when I discover something new about myself and who my real friends are. Nothing is a big deal. Not everyone has to like me, but as long as I’m honest, I have nothing to hide. Still one of my favorite shows.
TD: What’s your favorite thing to get at the deli?
TD – LS: Ideally, I’d be walking into the same deli that I’ve known for years. I’d greet my friends; then finally, I’d purch