Kate Nash: ‘I Was Getting Really Bitter And Angry’
Kate Nash’s new album ‘Girl Talk’ is out this week, but she’s doing more than making her own music. In an interview with www.thisisfakediy.co.uk, Kate talks about her charity work for girls at home and abroad.
"…With that in mind, ‘Kate Nash’s After School Rock ‘N’ Roll Club For Girls’ was born. After visiting different schools around the country during her days off from touring, she decided to focus on a couple in Yeovil and Liverpool; “I can’t go to every single school in the world, however much I’d like to…” she says, pragmatically. Kate helped the students to use music as an outlet for their emotional issues. “It was really amazing to see the transition. One of the girls, she looked like a peach, so fresh, and she’d written about how her best friend was a dog called Biscuit, because he didn’t tell any of her secrets. I was like, ‘oh my god, I love you,’” she laughs, “She did a drum session, and when I came to close up because her parents were there to pick her up, she wouldn’t stop. It was like, okay, we’ve finished, and she was looking at me and…” she air drums at us, as though possessed. “This tiny girl had found a way to be loud.”
The project culminated in a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, the 900 seat theatre above where we’re currently sat. “It was a really emotional night. Fuck, it was so cool to see; just a little bit of pushing and encouragement and nurturing. Not trying to rip someone apart and make them into something they’re not, just by saying that it’s okay to be themselves.”
“I’m going to Africa next month, to Ghana,” she suddenly announces. We have a feeling that Kate is not taking her album promo as seriously as perhaps her label might want, but given the circumstances, we suspect she’ll be forgiven. “I’ve started working with a charity called Plan USA. It’s a campaign called ‘Because I’m A Girl’, and they work in developing countries. My thing is trying to empower young women, and theirs is too, but they literally have to try and change the world to do it. Because they’re not just battling confidence issues, they’re dealing with a ‘this is what this girl is born to do, and will do the rest of their life’. Whether it’s becoming a cook, or a prostitute when she’s seven, or having her clitoris removed as a baby…” …”
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