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Inside Issue 14: Kate Nash

Dressed in a wool sweater and armed with a skateboard, Kate Nash greeted us with a warm smile that instantly made you feel at ease. She is back from LA and raring to go – Kate is our new favourite girl on the music scene. With an energetic live show and a sound that is almost rockabilly influenced, we caught up to discuss sexism, new music and why she is paving the way for female music artists.
Words: Billy

You have recently returned from LA where you have been writing and recording your new album. What can fans expect from the record?
It is a progression from the last record and I wrote everything on bass because I started playing bass a couple of years ago. I really enjoy playing that instrument and because it is the bass, it is loud and powerful and it changes sounds. I think it is important for us to change and grow and move on and not to recreate the other albums. My voice has matured in different ways and I have been using it to do things in different ways like screaming, shouting and harmonies and my singing voice has changed a bit.

Whilst writing your new tracks, has there been anything in particular that has influenced your music style?
I always use my own experiences and the things going on in my life and write about that. Music is a sort of therapy so when you’re going through something it is always good to be able to write about it. So I think it is a healthier way of dealing with problems. Also what I am listening to. I listen to a lot of my friend’s bands. I think what really did influence it was I produced a record last year for a band called Supercute! and that made me focus on sounds and the technical side so I think that changed my head a little bit when I went into the studio.

The majority of teenage girls just feel shit because we have become so obsessed with celebrity culture and crappy cheap magazines that introduce women by their age and weight.

You are a Brit Award winning artist but have chosen to do an intimate tour for your new album teasers. Do you prefer these type of shows to bigger venues?
I think they both have their benefits. With the smaller shows you get to see everybody and meet people after the shows, and you get a better connection with the audience and more communication which I really, really like. On my first album when I first started playing bigger venues it just freaked me out and I didn’t really get it and I didn’t know how to react to the crowd because it’s too big. So I always liked being able to do the small shows. Also just to make sure my fans get to hear the new material before it comes out and if you did play new songs in a bigger venue I think it would get lost, whereas in the small shows it feels like the fans get to own something first and it is really the dedicated ones that come so you know they’re going to appreciate that and respect it.

Want to read the rest of this interview? Go and grab issue 14 here in either print or digital!

[All words copyright Vanity magazine 2012]

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