TARAKA – Sagittarius
NIMAI – Leo
CITY: New York City
Interview by Emma Kathan
Tell me about your upbringing. I heard that you were both raised in a commune in Florida. Can you tell us about that?
Yes and No. We mostly grew up in a small evangelical town in the middle of the Texas hill country, then when we hit high school my parents moved us to a Hare Krishna farm community in north Florida to escape religious persecution.
I grew up in Southern Florida in the late 70′s and there were definitely a lot of interesting characters: hippies living in homes with dirt floors or in vans, rednecks, intellectuals who wanted to escape major cities and drop out, Scientologists, extreme Southern Baptists, and Native Americans. What was your experience growing up in Florida? How did it color who you are today?
It was an experience—for sure. Still not really sure how to answer that question, honestly.
How do you identify with Prince Rama?
We try not to. It’s just a game we play.
What was the first album you remember hearing that really affected you and made you think that you’d like to make music your life?
Hanson’s Middle of Nowhere. I think we must have been in third and fourth grade when we first heard it. I mean, we grew up on a steady diet of Indian bhajans, Garth Brooks, and Ace of Base, but none of that seemed even remotely accessible to replicate ourselves. When we heard Hanson, it was like an epiphany: they were three brothers, we were two sisters, they grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, we grew up in a small town in Texas, they were young, we were young . . .. We were like, ‘Whoa! Wait, we could do this! AND if we did this, maybe they would marry us!’
Do you have any certain religious beliefs?
Have you ever encountered a ghost or what you thought was disembodied spiritual energy? If so, can you tell me an experience.
Definitely. Our parents’ house in Florida was situated on an old slave plantation and was totally haunted. We finally had to move out of there because it got to be too much. Even guests that came over to spend the night would talk about hearing voices or seeing a shadowy figure wrapping yarn all over the furniture. Finally we moved to a new house, which unfortunately ended up being even more haunted! I remember one night I couldn’t fall asleep; then, suddenly the whole room lit up and I turned my head to see a silvery transparent man in complete Confederate Army uniform with a rifle staring back at me. I could go on and on.
Do you have recurring dreams? If so, what is one that repeats with you?
Making out with each other. Of course it’s really awkward because we’re sisters, and we have to talk about it in the morning and then spend eight hours in the van together.
How would you like to see humans evolve in your lifetime?
Towards becoming black holes.
Do you see this evolution beginning to take place?
Definitely. It is already happening in digital form.
You make music, videos, and have a manifesto. What is the basic premise of your manifesto?
To stop reading this manifesto and start living life.
You are currently touring and showing a film you made called Never Forever. Is this the only place the public can see the film right now, on your tour? Can you tell me a little about the film?
For now, yes. We’re also submitting it to festivals. In a time when everything is available at all times to everyone via youtube, et al., I think it’s nice to retain a bit of magic and mystery for as long as possible. Never Forever never is, never was, never could be, always will be. It is a motorcycle driven by the ghost of Alejandro Jodorowsky doing donuts around the Cremaster Cycle and crashing onto the decayed set of Thriller in the year 2127 A.D. It is the dream you are dying, the nightmare you are living.
What are some things which inspire you on a daily basis?
Mirrorballs and Monster Energy.