Ever since she smashed her way onto music-fans’ consciousnesses in 2007 with her catchy cockney pop hooks, we’ve been a fan of Kate Nash’s feisty song-writing, devotion to good causes and ever-evolving hairdo’s and personal style.
Despite the saying; ‘what goes on tour stays on tour’, genius rocker and one of the nicest people in the music business, Kate has granted an audience with Topshop to tell us about her inspiration – both musical and sartorial and her unashamed love of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Sex And The City box-sets.
What inspires the music you make?
Relationships, my friends, my OCD, emotional trauma, movies, Tarantino, Roald Dahl, Tim Burton, Death, humour, fear, insomnia, anxiety, wanting to perform. Exploding rather than imploding.
When did you know that you wanted to go into music?
I played piano as a little kid and my parents had great taste in music, so my sisters and me heard The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Harry Nilsson, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin and loads more good stuff from a young age. I liked singing and writing songs at school. But I guess when I got rejected from university and was working at Nando’s and I fell down the stairs and broke my foot was the moment I really considered what I was doing with my life. I booked a gig after that and as soon as I played my first show I realised that I was going to do this. I just loved it so much.
How would you say your music style has changed in the last few years?
I think it’s more raw. I’m making the most honest music I’ve ever made. My live show has been progressing and changing for seven years so that’s affected my writing process because I know what I want to do on stage. I play bass now too. I make pop music and take influence from punk, rock, pop and grunge.
What’s the best gig you’ve ever played?
Gahh! Hard question! I think the live show is the strongest it’s ever been. So, maybe the Echoplex in LA. There were a lot of friends at that show and I was super-nervous, I crowd surfed to Bitch by Meredith Brookes, which was definitely a highlight! And it just felt really cohesive. My (all-girl) band and I have just played Glastonbury, which was awesome. I also have memories of Le Cigale in Paris a few years ago. That was an awesome show. But I think the show is better now. In the last couple of months something has just clicked and I know what I’m doing on stage now. I’ve definitely re-learnt how to be a performer. It’s funny how it changes over the years.
What are your touring must-haves?
Speakers for the dressing room – so important for setting an atmosphere. Some dressing rooms are so horrible!
Headphones for the van.
DVDs Wayne’s World, Lords of Dog Town and Sex and the City seasons 1-7.
My white Fender P-Bass guitar.
My Canon camera
What have you been listening to recently?
FIDLAR, Shuga and Jon Jackson. Sam Duckworth’s new record is so good! It just came out on Pledge and it’s sick. Dolly Parton, Sky Ferreira, Supercute!, Phyllis Dillon, Hollie Cook and a lot of reggae and soul actually, and Patti Smith interviews.
What artist most excites you?
Patti Smith. She is so powerful and so honest and smart. She makes me feel safe and makes me want to keep going.
If you could collaborate with anyone who would it be?
Patti Smith and Stevie Wonder
Tell us about your favourite films, programmes and music?
Dogtown and Z-Boys back-to-back with Lords of Dog Town. I am obsessed. I go to Dreamsville when I watch them. So cool. Sex and the City and Buffy the Vampire Slayer are the best TV shows of all time. They can get you through it all. My favourite album is Hole’s Live Through This. It’s my saviour.
How would you describe your style?
It’s a fusion of punk rocker, 50’s pin-up, old lady and a seven-year-old going through a dressing up box. I like mixing vintage and old things with designer pieces (the UK has some of the most amazing designers), and high street pieces. I think I’m always trying to dress like a movie star or a rock star or a character from a book.
Kate Nash is touring the UK this October, in case you want to get tickets