Kate Nash is an English singer, songwriter, musician and actress who released her third album, "Girl Talk," earlier this year.
Nash will perform with an all-female back-up band at Turner Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 29. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $15.
Nash self-released the album after she raised money for it on PledgeMusic, a platform similar to Kickstarter that’s specifically for musicians to reach out to fans for support.
The album has a heavier sound than her previous albums and contains the singles "3AM" and "OMYGOD." It has received mixed reviews.
"Girl Talk" features Nash playing bass, which she started doing during a side project in late 2009 when she joined a punk band called The Receders. This was the only time she was in a band since she began making music as a teenager.
In 2008, Nash received a BRIT Award for Best Female Actress. She has also appeared in three films including "Greetings From Tim Buckley," which chronicles musician Jeff Buckley’s journey after his father’s death.
Socially conscious, Nash raised money for people left homeless by the 2011 riots in England as well as for a 5-year-old girl who lost her hands due to a disease so she could buy a pair of prosthetic hands.
She is also a supporter of the Russian feminist band Pussy Riot and encouraged her fans to raise awareness of their situation (two members were jailed for singing against Russian president Vladimir Putin) and signed a letter to Putin, demanding the release of the band form prison.
Recently, we caught up with Nash and talked to her about touring, traveling with an all-girl band and living in both London and Los Angeles.
OnMilwaukee.com: So, you're getting ready to go on tour?
Kate Nash: Yes, I am in London and leaving in a day and half. I’ll be on the road until the end of November or early December.
OMC: Do you like touring?
KN: I do. I love traveling and seeing my friends from all over. It can be stressful at time, but once you’re on the road, you get settled into a routine and it’s fun.
OMC: What do you do during down time when you’re on tour?
KN: I chill out and rest as much as I can. I watch movies. I like going to new towns and weird little towns I never even knew existed and meeting new people, finding cool restaurants, exploring.
OMC: When did music become a part of your life?
KN: I was lucky. My parents had good taste in music and I grew up listening to Johnny Cash and The Beatles and Willie Nelson and Janis Joplin. We also had a piano and I started playing it pretty young and then took lessons starting at age 7.
When I was in high school, I started listening to a lot of pop music – Spice Girls, Britney Spears, Pink – as well as a lot of R&B artists. I started writing my own music.
OMC: Were you in a band in high school?
KN: No. My friends were doing different things and so I (made music) on my own. We went to a place called The Rugby Club and saw a lot of bands – mostly metal and hardcore bands – and I met a guy there who played all different instruments and I played my first show with him.
OMC: What bands or musicians are you most inspired by today?
KN: Mostly old musicians like The Buzzcocks, Joan Jett. Patti Smith is one of my biggest heroes. I follow bands that my friends are in, like Rachel Trachtenburg, who is the lead singer of two bands (Supercute! and Terry Tinsel) and has been in a band since she was 6 years old with her parents. She’s really smart and cool – she’s like my little sister.
OMC: What did you learn from being in a band vs. as a solo artist?
KN: I was only in one band, but I learned a lot. I usually got self-conscious and was scared to open up, but when you’re in a band, you have to do those things. It was good for me. Made me more comfortable.
OMC: What is "Girl Talk" about and how is it different from other releases of yours?
KN: I wrote it predominantly on the bass which is different. I played bass with The Receders and realized how much I like it. I think "Girl Talk" is my most honest album and my best work to date.
OMC: You have been traveling with an all-female back-up band. How’s that going? Everyone getting along OK?
KN: It’s great. I have way fewer glitches than when I had an all-boy band.
OMC: What do you mean by "Girl Talk?" Do you mean gossip or the secret conversations between female friends? Or ...?
KN: I mean the talk that transpires when girls go through a sh*t time and they need to talk about it over and over and analyze it.
OMC: You live in London and Los Angeles. How do you like that? They seem like polar opposites.
KN: Yeah, they are very, very different, but that’s what I like about living in both places. In London, people are quite harsh and we travel around on The Tube and it’s smaller so you know what everyone's doing. In L.A., we drive around and the food is healthy and the weather’s amazing. There are so many good things about each city and I really love them both.
Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.
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