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Tina Harris: The Face Behind Lah-Lah's Big Live Band

A true inspiration and a woman dedicated to bringing music and laughter into the lives of children, Tina Harris is our honorary Mornington Peninsula Girl Boss and this is her story.


In your personal life, what are the most important things to you?

I guess my work/life balance is meditating, I believe in getting up half an hour before the kids, and having 20 minutes to myself. At the moment I’m going for nice works in the morning just to kind of have a bit of ‘mum time.’ I think it’s really important as a mum in business because you get so overwhelmed with the thousand tasks you’re meant to do every day, just having some time out, on your own, in nature, is really helpful.

What are your children’s thoughts on the band?

We’ve been doing this for 10 years, so they’ve really grown up in the band. Lily used to dress up in a fairy costume, and for the first show she came out and did bows with us. She went through the phase where ’Mum and dad you’re so daggy’, and now she’s at the stage where she’s working with us, helping the tech crew, sound and lighting and helping with merch. And the little one loves making coffee.


Do you have any role models?

All my role models tend to be entrepreneurs. I really admire Lisa Messenger, from The Collective Hub. I love everything Richard Branson, and I love Jamie Oliver. The fact that he’s a dad in business and he’s constantly passionate about what he does.

If you could go back to when you started Lah-Lah, would you do anything differently?

If given the chance, I would go back 15 years. I just feel like this is the project I was meant to do in life and this is the journey I’m meant to be on. I just wish I had started it all a bit earlier.


How involved are you in the writing process?


Mark and I have written ¾ of the songs, but in the last two albums, we opened it up to the band. Everyone turned up with two or three different sketches or ideas and then we workshopped them together.

Do you have any writing disagreements?

Mark and I do. We are absolutely terrible when we’re being creative together. The more we argue on a song, and the more difficult it is to get out, it usually is a better song. So we kind of argue until we find something that works. 

I do want to mention one song in particular - “Wash My Hands And Wipe Them On My Pants”

Oh my gosh - that song! That song is the one I get passionate emails from parents. The whole point of that song was that it was meant to be funny, and open a dialogue with kids. So what happened was some parents got upset and go ‘You can’t teach my child to wash their hands and wipe their hands on their pants.’ But, we were actually working with World Vision, and I went to World Vision and said ‘I’ve written this song, do you think it’s a problem?’, and they said ‘Washing your hands is key. Washing your hands will save lives. This song will help us. Where you wipe them isn’t the issue’. It’s an interesting song and I’m not sure whether I love it or I hate it.


Do you ever comes across any trolls or bullies?

We don’t get them a lot but we do get them. I do tend to take it personally, and I’m getting a thicker skin because I’ve been doing it for a while now. I do the absolute opposite of what is recommended with trolls, I always write back. A couple of months ago I had a lady write something quite passionate, so I wrote back to her and said ‘Thank you for taking the time to write to me, I just had a look at your Facebook page and you look like a really lovely mum. I’m a mum too and I think it’s really important we support each other, because there’s just so much horrible stuff out there. So I just wanted to say thanks, but this is who I am, and this why I do what I do.” And she actually wrote the loveliest message back to me. She just apologised and went further and Googled who we are and what we do. I like to give people a second chance, and sometimes when you open that door people go ‘oh actually we’re really sorry.’ Sometimes you do get an odd one and you go ‘Wow – there’s no way in Hades you’re ever going to be a ‘Lah Lah’ fan, and that’s ok. We write music, music is subjective. You can love it, hate it, and that’s ok, because that’s your opinion. I just want children to develop their own music palette.

What do you think has attributed to the success of Lah-Lah?

I think the fact it’s live music, and the musicians in the band are amazing.

If you could go back to when you started Lah-Lah, would you do anything differently?

If given the chance, I would go back 15 years. I just feel like this is the project I was meant to do in life and this is the journey I’m meant to be on. I just wish I had started it all a bit earlier.


You are a breast cancer survivor, first of all congratulations for beating that because that’s pretty amazing! Did the diagnosis affect your career?

We had just been booked the two biggest gigs that we’d ever had; Sydney Festival and Sydney Opera House. Then I found out only a couple months beforehand that this is what had happened. So I had to sit down with my doctor and plan and put a method of how we were going to get through this. I think for me, having those big concerts and knowing that was coming up helped me get through all of that. I think it would have been easier to stop, but that’s just not who I am. I think keeping everything moving forward helped me shake off any depression or black clouds hanging around. It was a positive experience, the whole thing. It was awful, but it was positive.

 

You can find out more about Tina and the whole Lah-Lah gang here

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