Kate Nash updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@katenashmusic) on Sunday (July 12), talking about progress on the follow-up to her 2007 debut ‘Made of Bricks’. The English singer songwriter tells readers:
I’m properly and most definitely back to work now! I’ve started recording my album. It’s very exciting. I was a little scared at first, just at the thought of it being finished and complete once the session is over and wondering what that will be like. But after just 3 days hard graft and roughly laying down 5 tracks I feel very excited and happy to be doing it. I’ve had a great time taking a much needed break, i needed the rejuvenation and i needed to find inspiration and things to write about again and to feel passionate about life and music again. And taking the time out did help me write, i have loads of songs to go into the studio with, so the album is written, it just needs transferring into special sounding recordings. The studio I’m working in has a lovely old desk and 2 great big live rooms and lots of instruments have been brought down by myself and Bernard & friends so there’s lots to play with. It’s going to be a good few weeks! fingers crossed.
Kate Nash updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@katenashmusic) on Friday (March 27), talking about her tour with The Cribs and her work with the Featured Artist Coalition, which got her a chance to meet The Beatles legend Paul McCartney. The British singer songwriter tells readers:
I’ve been fairly busy the last couple of months. I went on tour with The Cribs for their UK dates which were fu**ing great. You should be very excited about their new album. Then I went to Portland for a wedding. I knew a couple once who got married in space. They took off their space helmets and their heads popped exploding confetti into the universe. That, is how stars were made.
I’ve also been working very hard as a board member and director of the Featured Artist Coalition. You may or may not have seen a few things in the press about it, we had our launch a couple of weeks ago now. I got involved last September and we’re basically a coalition run by artists for artists to protect artists rights and to give them (us) a seat at the table… to have relationships with governments and get a say basically in what should happen to our music and how it’s used/exploited etc. and how the industry is run. It’s essentially taking responsibility for the work that you do. There’s great people involved who I’ve been lucky enough to work with including Billy Bragg, Dave Rowntree and Ed O’Brien. It’s been so educational and I’ve really got my politics head on, which my mum is pleased about. I even got a chance to have a sit down meeting with Paul McCartney. A cup of tea with Macca, I felt like ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ I tell you, sitting there and talking about his experiences and listening to stories about him and John signing their deal and making ‘Sgt.Peppers’. Wow wow wow. Very happy indeed, what a privilege. Anyway we had a very successful launch, I did a podcast with the Minister of Culture and we had a meeting a couple of days ago with a bunch of MPs and people in the industry. I’m happy to say I think we’re really being heard.
Kate Nash checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@katenashmusic) on Sunday (January 25), talking about how she’s kept busy lately watching YouTube videos and offering a couple web sites to check out, as well as her feelings about January. The British singer songwriter tells readers:
So it’s cold and it’s nearly not January anymore (hooray!) I forgot how depressing it can actually be in January. The grey days and fears and insecurities and the effort needed to get out of bed in the morning. Last year I was all flying around Australia on the Big Day Out thinking January was the probably the best month in the year but being in London and trying to figure out what to do is… less inspiring… anyway, it hasn’t been all that bad, I’ve been getting involved with lots of things to keep my mind off feeling weird in January. I’ve been writing new songs and demoing them and reading venus zine. Which is the only magazine I like at the moment. It supports a lot of female artists and independent artists/shops/designers/photographers etc. It always has a great list of little online shops that sell nice things. I’ve also become heavily involved with setting up the Featured Artists Coalition, we have the launch meeting next week. It’s going to be run by artists for artists, to look after artists rights in this strange old industry. I find it so surprising that this hasn’t already been set up seeing as you have so many other organizations looking out for a lot of people in a lot of industries. But it hasn’t, and we are, and that’s exciting.
Kate Nash checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace (@katenashmusic) on Friday (December 12), talking about her online and offline Christmas shopping, and an update on her follow-up to her 2007 debut album ‘Made of Bricks’. The London based singer songwriter tells readers:
I hope everyone is feeling Christmas spirited, it’s nearly here I guess. I’ve done minimum amount of shopping. I go in for 15 minutes and have to leave cause it freaks me out, too many people, too many things etc.
I bought some stuff off ebay, I’m very excited, being about 5/6 years behind everyone else when it comes to technology. I’ve never done this before. Once I got my friend to bid on some Polaroid cameras and we won, that was good. But this time I just clicked on the buy now buttons, this is much less stressful than bidding.
So I was in the studio last week doing some demos, we did 10 tracks in 4 days and I figure the less time you spend on something the more work you do, there’s no time for messing around so you get on with stuff. I’m really happy with the tracks, I’ve also got 4 other songs that I demo’d in the summer, happy with those too. I’m still down at my rehearsal room writing, rehearsing, playing with candles and thinking too much. I got some pretty good skull lights for 8 pounds in Woolworths that keep my amp company (so sad about Woolworths, I guess it’s a generation thing). So anyway hopefully I’ll do some more writing. Then have a bunch to chose from, or I guess I’ll just run out of things to say and start writing rubbish and then realize my album must be done. (but I feel like it could be there, really nearly there) but I still have to figure out who to record it with and then record it after that, so still a while before you’ll be hearing any of it. Thought I would just update you regardless.
Kate Nash updated fans on her blog at MySpace (@katenashmusic) earlier today. The British singer songwriter tells readers, “I’ve got a bunch of pictures from Japan and the festivals we’ve been playing over the summer so I’m gonna post them up here. Japan really was incredible, like no place I’ve ever been to. Beautiful and ancient and serene dense greenery with nature and history, temple and shrines and then the intensity and madness of Tokyo and Shibuya, a mish mash of color, technology and stuff you’ve just never seen! So cool. And the festival was fun too, up in the mountains and playing my first ever gig in Japan. Lots of fun.”
Kate Nash checked in with her MySpace friends (@katenashmusic) on Tuesday (March 11) with the following bulletin:
I’ve just got back from tour. Last night I played Hammersmith Apollo which I can’t quite believe. So much has happened in the past 3 months that it’s difficult to get my head around and there’s been absolutely no time to sit down and attempt to do that. Thanks so much for the Brit and NME award and also for coming on tour and making it so much fun! I’ve got lots of pictures to put up, and I’m actually going to be at home for a change for the next couple of days so I’ll have time to do a blog! I’m going to bed now as I’m shattered.
p.s I think someone hacked into this account so if you got anything funny from me I apologize.
p.p.s I really appreciate all the messages and comments you guys are sending. The support I get from all of you really keeps me going.
Kate Nash spoke with NME.com after winning Best Solo Artist at the 2008 Shockwaves NME Awards. The singer songwriter talked about winning her first NME gong and drinking free whiskeys at the bar to celebrate.
Talking about winning her first NME award, Kate said, “I’m genuinely really surprised. I was like not nervous about today at all because I was like Amy Winehouse has won it, that’s cool, I’ll just go to see it and boo people and cheer people and get drunk. Then I was like I’m being quite rubbish (with my speech). As you can see I’m being quite rambley. It’s one of those rambley days. I’m really inarticulate and not eloquent at all.”
Asked about how she’ll celebrate, Kate said, “Well I want to go back now because I want to make sure the Cribs get an award and I want to be like ‘Hooray!’ So I’m gonna drink free whiskeys at the bar.”
Watch the brief interview via YouTube below.
Kate Nash checked in with her MySpace friends (@katenashmusic) on Wednesday (January 6) with the following bulletin:
I’m back from Australia! The Big Day Out has been the most amazing tour. I’ve been singing with Billy Bragg, swimming with sharks, hanging out with koalas, watching Arcade Fire, Dizzy Rascal, Operator Please, LCD Soundsystem, Brand New, Unkle and many more. The people from all the places we have visited in the past month have been so cool and I’ve loved meeting everybody. We had so much fun and I’ll get a new blog up with pictures form everything in a few days. Thanks to anyone who came to the gigs.
Now I’m back home with decent cups of tea, soup jumpers & TV trying to stay awake so I can get over my jet lag and then I’m back to work next week. There’s a few things coming up, most of which I cannot remember but I think there’s a live lounge session and maybe some TV, then merry happy comes out.
I’ve also been nominated for some Brit Awards! Which is a little bit surreal. Very grateful for the nominations. You can help by voting here http://www.brits.co.uk/vote/ – if you’re from the UK.
Yahoo! Music’s ‘Who’s Next’ features Kate Nash in an interview and performance of ‘Foundations’. Kate talked about how she got her start going the DIY route, the success of ‘Foundations’, comparisons to Lily Allen and being appreciative that Lily was nice to her, writing songs people relate to, and her vintage style.
“I was writing songs the whole time and just not really thinking about it, just writing them for fun,” Kate said about her start. “I was in a gap year because I didn’t get into college and the second year around I got rejected again, and then I got into doing everything DIY. I just booked my own gigs.”
“It used to frustrate me I think when I didn’t have my album, but now I have my album it’s like I don’t think about it,” Kate said in regards to being compared to Lily Allen. “She was really amazingly supportive to me… There’s no beef between us. She was really nice and I really appreciate that.”
“I write about stuff that happens to everyone,” she said about her songwriting style. “I write about parties when you’re 15. I write about crushes, feeling weird about yourself and being frustrated and being angry. Things that happen to normal people. I think that’s why people relate to it.”
On her fashion sense, Kate said, “I always used to like kind of ’50s icon and old fashion films, like black and white films and I used to think everyone looks really nice in kind of kitch stuff. I just like wearing vintage stuff really and dresses. I just shop in secondhand, vintage and charity shops and I get to wear what I like, which is nice.”
Video of the interview and performance at Yahoo.com has since been removed.
Pop acts on television this week include:
Maroon 5, who perform on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on Monday and ‘Total Request Live’ and ‘The View’ on Wednesday.
KT Tunstall, who performs on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly’ on Tuesday.
Kate Nash, who performs on ‘The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson’ on Tuesday.
‘American Idol’ season six runner-up Blake Lewis, who performs on ‘The View’ on Tuesday and ‘The Late Late Show’ on Wednesday.
And ‘American Idol’ kicks off with a two night, four hour season premiere on Tuesday and Wednesday.