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Kate Nash countdown

Puts finishing touches to new Bernard Butler produced album

  • 25/09/2009
  • Ruth Barnes
Kate Nash

Kate Nash's second album will be out next year. The sixties-inspired record has been produced by Bernard Butler and when the BBC caught up with the young singer-songwriter at a premiere in London last night (24 Sept) she revealed it was nearly finished.

Nash says she came to working with Bernard Butler after meeting the ex-Suede guitarist and producer through her boyfriend, Ryan Jarman from The Cribs: "I've loved working with him. He's got a really great attitude, he's really clever.

I found it easy to work with him because you do takes and he's like, 'That's good, sounds good, let's take it.' We don't worry about things too much or analyse anything, if it sounds good then we use it" she said.

"Organic, angrier songs"

Kate Nash

Riot Grrrl influence

The singer has spoken about being influenced by sixties girl bands like The Supremes, Shirelles, Chiffons and Marvelettes, last night she added another category to that: "I got into girl groups a lot, into Riot Grrrl punk and also girl group sixties pop, and that's where I feel like I've sort of clashed together.

She added they have now added horns and strings and it should be out in 2010: "I feel really proud, I've worked really hard.

I've taken a lot of time off to write songs and arrange parts and some songs have a sixties feel with also more raw-er, more organic angrier songs."

At the moment it's untitled, which Kate admits is making her uncomfortable: "I'm really nervous about coming up with that.

It's really hard to put the cherry on the cake. It's something that needs to be clever and smart and mean something, and I think it's hard. Especially when you're worried about it."

Piracy debate

Kate Nash is a member of the Featured Artists Coalition who held a meeting in London last night (24 Sept) to discuss how to tackle illegal file-sharing.

A proposal was drawn up that would 'squeeze' illegal downloaders, limiting their bandwidth to basic internet access and email.

Nash is a member of FAC, she says the industry has to change: "I don't think that you should illegally download stuff, but we shouldn't punish people for doing it because people expect music for free these days.

The music industry needs to change and grow and come up with innovative ideas to get people to pay for music."

Ticketing scams

Kate Nash is lending her support to a campaign to protect fans from online ticket scams, as research revealed earlier this month that almost one in 10 buyers has been ripped off by a bogus site.

The Office of Fair Trading is running the campaign to raise awareness and encourage gig-goers to be more vigilant in checking website deals.

Kate Nash hopes to sell tickets for her gigs directly to fans from her website: "It's because a lot of people get scammed.

There's a lot of fake websites where kids pay for tickets they can't afford anyway. I've been talking about when I do my new website, having it so I can sell tickets directly to fans and trying to stop that, really."

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