Denver based 60s and 70s influenced rock band 21 Taras takes you through the greatest periods of music from past to present.
Please list all of your band members and their roles in the band.
Julian Fulco - vocals/keys
Jim Williams - bass
James Steinbach - lead gtr
Austin Salazar - rhythm gtr
Alec Lister - drums
For starters, what bands were you guys a part of prior to 21 Taras?
This is all our first main project/band.
How long has the band been around?
The band began in 2014 and after a few name changes, eventually settled on 21 Taras late 2014.
What’s the origin of that name and have you changed the band’s name before?
Our name comes from Buddhism. They have 21 different forms of Tara, all based around self empowerment and self enlightenment. We have gone though a couple different names before all of the members we in the band. Once we assembled our now current line up in late 2014, our final name change ensued.
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs and do you think these topics will change over time?
All of our songs have different writing processes. Sometimes it starts with just a riff when we are all together just playing, while other songs are brought to the band near completion by one or two members. Every song is just a little different. I do believe the topics will change, as will the music. It's impossible to say where they will go, but that isn't for any of us to dictate.
What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
A lot of classic bands like The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen and the Beach Boys. Also some newer bands like Tame Impala and Sugar Candy Mountain.
Was there a particular band/artist or concert that inspired you to start a band?
I (Julian) am inspired by the greatest to ever do it. Whether in sports, music or any profession really, you can learn and absorb so many things from the greats. I try to pick up any little thing I can and build upon that.
What do you do to prepare for a show? Any flexing, exercises, ect ...
You know, we never really ever developed a pre-show ritual or anything. I think a lot of the preparation comes in the days leading up to the show, just making sure we are all on the same page and well rested.
What has been the biggest highlight of the band’s career so far?
This new album was pretty big for us, just in terms of demonstrating our growth. This album really allowed for us to spread our wings, in a sense.
If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why?
We of course would love to have played with Zeppelin, and some of those guys from back when. In all honestly, we would love to play with anyone who shares our same love for the music and are just genuine performers. We take pride in our live shows, and are very personal with our performances.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Our new album "Change" has something for everyone on it, we take you on a journey through mid 60s and 70s rock with a bit of jazz sprinkled in along the way. You can check out Change here: