"I think it’s always important to challenge yourself, it’s given me a new lease of life."

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8.8.2017

Kate Nash Talks 'GLOW' And Funding Her New Album on Kickstarter

If you’re a child of the internet, it’s more than likely you know the words to Kate Nash’s “Foundations”: “My fingertips are holding onto the / Cracks in our foundations, / And I know that I should let go, / But I can’t.” Sound familiar? If you’re already reminiscing hard core, you’re in luck—Nash is headed out on a tour to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of the Foundations album (if that makes you feel old, it should), and, what’s more, is funding her next one entirely on Kickstarter.

If nothing else, a Kickstarter-funded album is exactly what it sounds likean entirely independent, fully-backed-by-fans project that is giving new definition to the phrase artists know and love: complete creative control. Nash has been at the helm of her musical ship for five years now, and this is just the latest in a series of wholly original ventures. Oh, and here’s one more to add to her roster: a starring role in Netflix‘s new show GLOW. If Nash sounds busy AF, that’s because she is. Luckily we were able to squeeze in an interview pre-tour; peep the full Q&A with our favorite indie queen below.

I would love to start with GLOW—the trailer just looks so amazing and hilarious. What interested you in acting?

I acted as a teenager and kept it up over the years, did a couple indie movies and acting classes and was always auditioning for things here and there. Glow is definitely the biggest and most exciting project I’ve ever worked on. It’s really exciting to embody a character, it’s inspiring to take a completely different approach to thinking, walking and talking. Rhonda has had a really positive influence on me because she is so positive and confident, she lives in the moment and that is such relief. I think what I love about acting is that it’s trying to get to the truth of emotions, digging deep to tell a story.

What has that been like, just tapping into a new artistic medium that isn’t music?

It’s been extremely refreshing. I definitely want to do more. I think it’s always important to challenge yourself, it’s given me a new lease of life.

And speaking of music, you’re working on a new record that was funded on Kickstarter. Can you tell me a little about the record?

I have a bunch of songs I’ve been working on for about two years, it’s taken me a while to figure out how to release. I felt a bit stuck for a while. It was when I started working on my 5th album that I figured I better figure out a way to release the 4th one. I didn’t want those songs to disappear before I lost interest in them. Kickstarter didn’t appeal to me at first but eventually I came around to it because I love so many aspects of being independent and I have the greatest fan base.

You’ve been an independent artist for five years—why do you feel like that kind of total creative freedom is so important for you personally?

I think the idea of going back to a label is a little scary at this point, I’d have to be seriously convinced of the people that I’d be working with. People that work at labels change jobs so often and all I hear from artists on major and independent artists is complaints, either a label is trying to change an artist or not funding them. So I feel like the internet is the future and it makes more sense to look for innovation than to try and stick to the old ways of doing things. I’d definitely be up for working with a label if the right offer and most importantly people came along.

Is this record especially important to you because of the fact that the fans were involved from step one? As in, do you have that feeling that owe them your best music yet?

i just feel secure. I feel like they give me so much freedom to express myself. It’s less pressure than the idea of a label because before when I’ve written to “impress” a label, it never feels like they’re happy. They don’t really know what they want, they just wanted something radio friendly and they don’t even know what that means because no one can predict anything anymore. I think it’s given me a sense of relief. I’m finally going to be able to release this music. And my fans just want me to be true to myself and do what I believe in, which is incredible.

I know you’re very outspoken as a feminist with your platform as an artist. Do you think that there’s a responsibility there, for artists like yourselves, to speak out on the side of justice?

I have personally always felt a responsibility to be outspoken, because I feel like if you have a platform you should use it, it would feel reckless to me not to use it. I try to do as much as I can. It does feel like there is such an insane amount to protest at the moment it’s definitely hard navigating that. But I just try to stay as informed as possible.

I know that you’re fundraising for Michael Sobell Hospice on your upcoming anniversary tour and also through your “Call Me” video. Can you tell us a little more about that?

My mum has worked there for years and they need funding. It’s a special place to me because of her stories and how amazing she is and also my friend died there a few years ago. I think my relationship with death is pretty healthy but also pretty abnormal because I am so used to talking about it and thinking about it because of my mum. She has always shared stories with us growing up and she’s been a nurse for over 40 years. The hospice has an amazing atmosphere and really it’s about quality of life, support and care. Hospices are not what people imagine they are and I wanted to help shift that idea. It’s not depressing, we all die and it shouldn’t be something we are scared of. Obviously it is extremely emotional and sensitive but it is natural and part of all of our lives, we should learn how to cope with it and make these spaces as positive as possible. Which is what Michael Sobell House does.

What are your plans for the rest of 2017?

I’m hoping for Glow season 2!! But haven’t got confirmation just yet. I’ll be working on finishing the record and auditioning for various projects. Spending the rest of the year in LA after this anniversary tour.

Images courtesy of Charlotte Patmore

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