Twins Charlotte and Stephanie Walker, originally from Lanchester and now living in Whickham, are both singers, songwriters and musicians. Their electro-pop music, inspired by art, films and artists such as Little Dragon, is gaining a loyal following rapidly.
‘We’ve been doing it since we can remember – it’s always been our passion,’ explains Charlotte. ‘We both do equal parts; when we’re performing live we take turns playing the synth and Stephanie mostly does the vocal harmonies, because she’s better at that.’
Their new music has taken the twins touring around the world as Duffy’s backing singers. ‘It was an amazing experience. It opened up our eyes even more to the music industry, touring and working with a professional band,’ says Stephanie, who tells us the highlight was performing at the Sydney Opera House and festivals across Australia and Europe. ‘It’s really driven us even more to perform our own music and to hopefully tour it.’
They’ve had a successful career so far, playing at Generator’s Evolution Emerging Festival, Northern Electric Festival and supporting BBC 6 Music favourites Samaris, but that’s not to say it’s been an easy ride. ‘[We’re not] able to make a full time living out of it yet,’ says Charlotte. ‘It’s quite difficult to have jobs alongside of it when all you want to do is music. Also, the industry is really male-dominated so it is quite difficult at times. That’s what our band name reminds us to do: it reminds us about the fire within us, having to speak your mind and making your point clear,’ she adds. ‘We were signed previously to a local label but it didn’t go as planned, so our band name was inspired by that experience. It was a really difficult time for us as we weren’t able to make music because of contracts and things, so it reminds us to stay strong and do what we love.’
They’re particularly excited about playing at a special show this Saturday, 4 March, at the newly refurbished Think Tank? Underground at Head of Steam, Newcastle. To celebrate the release of their debut EP, they’ll perform as part of an all-female line up to celebrate women in music. ‘In entertainment which you can see in magazines, we think that women don’t always support each other,’ says Stephanie. ‘They can be belittled, whether it’s by men and women, and we think it’s a good idea to stick together and shine a light on each other’s talent.’
Talk Like Tigers have to squeeze in rehearsals and working around their nine-to-five jobs but it’s their passion that keeps them motivated. ‘We mostly stay up all night. We’re definitely night owls,’ says Stephanie. ‘When the rest of the world is sleeping, we’re making music.’
For more information or to book tickets visit www.talkliketigers.com