Encore Interview: Kate Nash

Kate Nash has a lot to say. This doesn’t come as a surprise to any fans of her decade plus long career as a singer and songwriter. With nine studio albums under her belt Kate’s made a career out of letting listeners into her world.
Which meant it didn’t surprise us when Nash still had plenty of thoughts to share with Setlist. We previously sat down with her to discuss her “Yesterday Was Forever” album and tour, but there were so many glow-ing thoughts and quotes that there was no way we could include all of them in the original video! But there’s no way we weren’t going to share Kate’s positive thoughts on her fans, the overlooked depths of teenage girls and, of course, the trials and tribulations of life with her dog, Stella.
On being a dog mom:
“My Little Alien” is about my dog, Stella. When I was finalizing the track listing, the order of the album, and I got to that song, I just started crying. I was like ‘I just love her so much’ because she’s really been with me through everything since moving to L.A. She’s definitely kept me grounded in extreme ways. I think it was the night that GLOW had come out? I was getting texts from people, it was midnight and people had started watching already, everyone was really excited. I was walking Stella and I was a little but was distracted because everyone was contacting me. She murdered a skunk in the darkness and I was screaming. She had the thing in her mouth and she was running through the streets. She started getting an allergic reaction to it and there’s blood and skunk juice. She’s snotting and sneezing. I had to go to the 24-hour CVS and buy all these chemicals. I was standing in my underwear in the garden, washing Stella with this chemical potion. She’s shaking it all over me and we’re freezing. I was like “this is the premiere of my TV show and I’m just standing here covered in skunk.”
On revisiting her career during the “Made of Bricks” tour:
"It felt like Christmas every night, it was really celebratory."
It was so emotional, I hadn’t played some of them in so long. There’s definitely been the obvious foundations. I’ve played “Merry Happy” throughout but really revisiting every single album track was an emotional process. My fans were so ready and open-hearted and it almost felt so vulnerable being there. They were ready to receive it, it felt like Christmas every night, it was really celebratory. I think it put to bed some of those issues I had about that period of time where I was so young and I felt taken advantage of by of the industry. There were negative experiences I had with media and growing up. That was really hard and I think just coming back to it after eleven years of experience and really feeling confident in myself. I have so much confidence in my live performance, I just don’t doubt that. That’s a skill I really enjoy honing and we had to the best time. People screamed every lyric of every single song and live footage of it is crazy. That album I think was really a record that people listened to in full so they really knew it well. It was amazing to see that I still have teenagers. I had 16-year-olds at the front of every show still and they were like ‘I was six when made of bricks came out and I’m like ‘what’. That’s insane.
Kate Nash "Drink About You" GIF
On her responsibilities as a performer:
I used to feel like you could have these off days and it comes down to your emotions. I think now, going back to what I was saying about the acting and training, it’s really a responsibility. It’s my responsibility to bring that atmosphere to the room and to the stage and come hit it with a really positive feeling, regardless of how I’m feeling in life. You can always exercise those demons through your performance but you want to create a positive environment for people.
Thoughts on her positive fan base:
I feel really lucky with my fan base. I think they’re kind and nice. Nice to each other. I don’t have those fans that will be like ‘I’m gonna kill and send death threats to other people who mess with me.’ I see if someone gives me shit online, my fans are like ‘you really shouldn’t talk like that because blah blah,’ and they’re so sweet.
On the secret power of teenage girls:
I started an after school music club for girls in schools. That was the best thing I’ve ever done, actually, because it just reminded me of this sincerity and depth of young women and teenage girls and how they are. It’s just really weird that they’re written off so much when everybody is trying to market everything primarily to them because they’re the people that support you and buy. Everybody is always trying to market to teenage girls, they want to say they don’t matter and they’re stupid, it’s just really weird. After I did that, it really opened my eyes to some of the experiences these girls had never been encouraged to have and how empowering and exciting it was for them to hit the drums or play guitar or write their own lyrics for the first time and really feel like they could do it. For me, it’s not a bitter experience anymore. I always compare it to the Shawshank Redemption: He scrapes his way out and makes a tunnel, eventually, after years. We’re just one of the scratches that’s in your lifetime. If you can be ONE of those scratches and eventually we make it out of that tunnel and climb through shit like 'oh my god it doesn’t exist anymore!' Which is way in the future, but being part of ONE scratch is really important otherwise you’ll never make it out of the tunnel.
I always compare it to the Shawshank Redemption: He scrapes his way out and makes a tunnel, eventually, after years. We’re just one of the scratches that’s in your lifetime. If you can be ONE of those scratches and eventually we make it out of that tunnel and climb through shit like 'oh my god it doesn’t exist anymore!' Which is way in the future, but being part of ONE scratch is really important otherwise you’ll never make it out of the tunnel.
Kate will be on tour through May 2nd in the US. As for what you can expect from her live show? She promised us “You leave feeling like you can do anything. Girls can do anything. Which they can.”
Read our review + see live shots of Kate's LA gig here.


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