CUB Q&A: Kate Nash

Image: Alice Baxley
Image: Alice Baxley

It doesn’t seem all that long ago that Kate Nash exploded onto the music scene with her first album Foundations, but the BRIT Award winning singer-songwriter has been a very busy lady since 2007. (2007?!?!!!)

No longer just a recording artist, Kate has made her mark in fashion, experimented with acting and been appointed as a global ambassador for female empowerment charity, plan, to work on their Because I Am A Girl initiative. She released her third album Girl Talk earlier this year, described by Kate as her best work to date.

We bagged this interview with her after a couple of cheeky tweets, read on to find out what we discovered…

What inspired you to take a completely new artistic direction with Death Proof?

It was what I was going through personally at the time. I needed a different outlet to deal with my personal life.

Did releasing Death Proof on your own label provide you with more space to experiment with your music?

I made the record whilst still on the label and then I got dropped a few months later. I guess there’s been a lot more freedom post working with the label. I can work with who I want and decide what direction I want to take my career in. It’s pretty liberating. I’m disappointed that they didn’t communicate with me more about what was going on and it’s definitely been challenging. There are great things about being on a label, but I love the freedom and the control. I’m a bit of a control freak, so it’s working for me right now.

You have done a lot of work in the past few years encouraging young girls to get involved in music. What would you say the biggest hurdles for women in music are?

Probably image-based ones. As women, we’re expected to look great all the time and that’s hard. And if we don’t look great, then we get slagged off for it. I would also say that it’s harder for women to be taken seriously. It takes longer to get to a point where you feel like you are being respected.

Your work as a Global Ambassador for Because I Am A Girl is inspiring. What encouraged you to work with the charity?

I like [the charity] Plan and I wanted to travel. Working with them enabled me to do a totally different kind of charity – going to Africa and meeting people with a totally different life to me, and being inspired by them.

Who are your feminist heroes?

Kathleen Hanna, my mum and Sarah Solemani.

Your upcoming film Powder Room is released in November. What drew you to the film?

I liked the script and the fact it had been a show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The all-female cast and female director was exciting. I think it’s a funny, relatable story that a lot of girls will love.

What was working with Sheridan Smith like?

Sheridan is so so sweet and so talented. It was really cool to watch her. She is an amazing actress. She’s pretty hard on herself, but everyone around her is always really inspired. She was very welcoming and is down to earth and funny. I love Sheridan.

Is acting something you would like to pursue as a full time career?

Yeah, I’d love to do more of it. When I get time to do some auditions, I will.

You must be super excited to have your music included in the new Broadway production Only Gold. Is theatre something you would like to get more involved in?

I love theatre. It’s such a raw and brave way to tell a story. I’m very excited about being involved with Only Gold. It’s a whole new world for me and I am very passionate about the project. I’m also very honoured to be working with Andy Blankenbuehler. He is so talented and passionate and hardworking. He really inspires me.

 You’ve been spotted at the recent London Fashion Week shows,W is fashion another artistic avenue for you?

Fashion is fun and it’s an important part of being a musician. How you dress is a part of your show, even if it’s casual. If I have something really fun to wear, I feel better on stage.

Originally  published in Issue 548 of CUB Magazine.

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