Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Kate Nash

Kate NashKate Nash has always been admired by us for her amazing music, clever lyrics, and do-it-yourself ethic. With all the love we have towards her music, we were very excited to have the opportunity of interviewing her. Tonight, Kate is set to play The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, so to get everyone ready for the show, AMBY spoke with Kate Nash about blasts of smoke, acting, and superpowers!

AMBY: Hello Kate. Congratulations on the release of your third album Girl Talk. How are you doing?

Kate Nash: I’m on tour! Driving to Toronto at the moment. It feels so good to know that the record is out there. It’s an exciting time.

AMBY: Girl Talk has a real edge to it, both musically and lyrically. What influenced this shift towards a more indie/garage tone?

Kate Nash: Just emotionally what I was going through, I needed to rage a bit. It was emotional purging. Also I played bass in a punk band for 2 years, which changed the way I approached songwriting completely. I love the bass. Plus 6/7 years of live shows, being in studios and producing the Supercute record.

AMBY: 3AM is a great song, what is the story behind it?

Kate Nash: I think the story kinda speaks for itself. It’s about the insomnia you suffer after a heartbreak.

AMBY: I respect your integrity and the fact that you wanted to make this album on your own terms. How critical was it for you to release this record via PledgeMusic?

Kate Nash: I mean it wasn’t critical because I had already recorded the record already, it just felt like a nice way to get the process of releasing it started and it’s another creative outlet.

AMBY: You are currently on tour. What is the funniest thing to happen to you at one of your gigs?

Kate Nash: Errrr, I fell over on stage and my lighting girl noticed and instantly covered my fall with a blast of smoke.

AMBY: Who are a few of your favourite singers?

Kate Nash: Nina Simone, Diana Ross, Courtney Love, Elliott Smith

AMBY: Which three songs are the quintessential Kate Nash?

Kate Nash: My songs? Or other people’s songs? My songs I would say OMYGOD, Sister, Lullaby for Insomniac.

Other people’s songs I would say

Violet Hole, Just a Girl No Doubt, And Everything means nothing to me Elliott Smith

AMBY: You have done some acting recently, what was that experience like?

Kate Nash: It’s been really interesting, I just worked on Powder Room with director MJ Delaney and actresses Sheridan Smith, Jaime Winstone, and Oona Chaplin which was so awesome. An amazing and inspiring cast such a cool project to be involved with.

AMBY: If you could have any superpower what would it be?

Kate Nash: To freeze time.

AMBY: Change is unavoidable, what is the one thing about you that will never change?

Kate Nash: I’m loyal like a dog. If you are good to me I will love you forever and always have your back. If you’re bad to me, I will get you out of my life, it might take years but I never go back. Once you’re out you’re out.

AMBY: What has you excited for 2013?

Kate Nash: Touring, lots of travel, meeting new people, Watsky’s new record coming out! We did a collaboration. Supercute’s record coming out, the movies I worked on coming out. Syron I love her stuff and she’s making a record.

AMBY: And lastly, tell me something about you that nobody knows.

Kate Nash: I’m pretty open about stuff, there’s not a lot that my friends don’t know about me. Mostly I am too open and tell people all my secrets, emotions, bad habits and gross stories straight away. Like if I take a liking to someone I kind of want to lay it all out on the table, I trust people way too quickly, I’m kind of simplistic like that, I’m like “OH I love you! Let’s be friends, I’ll start”. Errmmm, what does no-one know. I have some pretty perverted thoughts and I can’t tell if they’re just thoughts or if they’re my feelings. There you go, confession.

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We would like to say a special thanks to Helen Nash for setting this lovely interview up. And of course, thank you Kate, for giving us your answers!

Alicia Atout

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