Tara Brooks has been dubbed "Mistress of Dark, Lover of Light," which is a true testament to her musical style. She brings to the dance floor a unique and hypnotic fusion of house and techno that has captivated crowds in clubs, festivals, and deserts alike. Her amiable, spirited personality directly translates into her DJ sets and productions, enchanting partygoers both on and off the dance floor.
Houston's rave scene was a starting point for Tara in the late 90s, and even after she moved to the West Coast, she often traveled between San Francisco and San Diego to partake in California's own bustling scene. Working in the hospitality industry allowed her the freedom to go out often and encounter new sounds, whether it was Mark Farina's rendition of House music or John Digweed's renowned style of Progressive. When she wasn't at an event, she was out digging for records. The countless hours she spent getting lost at her local record store and playing her finds at home procured for Tara a zenith of happiness and fulfillment. It was not long before she had amassed quite a collection and taught herself how to thread musical stories of her own.
Reaching a point of self-reflection, Tara made up her mind that it was essentially music that drove her forward. Nothing else quite gave her the feeling of elation as mixing records. The perfect alignment of two or more tracks alluded, for her, a sense of uplift, creativity, and an escape from the day to day. In an eort to never lose this feeling, Tara launched her new path as a DJ. Initially, she played vinyl at her first gigs and put her time in carrying crates. Soon after, she was being asked to play more and more high-profile gigs. Although she will never get rid of her turntables and records, Tara made the switch to CDJs, which enabled her to progress even further.
The past decade has seen Tara come into her own. Her bookings have taken her all over, from the heart of New York City to the coasts of Costa Rica. She is a resident at Desert Hearts, a bi-annual festival in Southern California that has grown symbiotically with her own career. Tara has also graced the decks of Cityfox LA, the BPM Festival, and the famed Robot Heart bus at Burning Man. In her hometown of Los Angeles, she is a resident DJ of Subtract Music, headed up by Anton Tumas. In addition to recognizing her talent, Anton realized that both of them saw eye-to-eye on underground music, the importance of sound quality and the overall experience for revelers. Every so often, Tara heads north to San Francisco for special Sunday takeovers at Public Works and Monarch.
Tara has been studio-bound over the past couple years to find ways to render her inspirations into the music she loves. In March 2015, Faceless Recordings released her solo-produced track 'Metanoia,' a mesmeric incursion into Deep House tinged with Middle Eastern influences. She has also collaborated with Pattern Drama on the 'Maraquba EP' which was released on Underyourskin Records featuring remixes by Marques Wyatt and Billboard-reviewed talent Nico Stojan. Her work has also been supported by numerous DJs including Hernan Cattaneo, who has charted Tara's remix of After Touch's 'Distractify' on Cenote Records amongst others. Most recently, Tara has bestowed newborn label Muted Gold Records with a remix for Yoni Yarchi and Tal Tager's 'Sirocco EP.'
For Tara, at the end of the day, nothing beats the sensation of connecting with a crowd through the language of music. Even with her growing repertoire of productions and far-reaching gigs, Tara's ultimate desire is just to be able to play her music and create ethereal experiences on dance floors across the globe.