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Kate Nash: 'If people don't like you, it's a good sign'

Kate Nash

By Fiona Pryor
Entertainment reporter, BBC News

"I want to say I don't care, but everyone's human and if people slag you off it's not nice," says singer-songwriter Kate Nash.

The 22-year-old is about to release her second album, My Best Friend Is You, and says she has had to learn to ignore overly-critical reviews.

"However, I also think it's important not to be bland and if people didn't hate you, then people wouldn't really love you either. So if you have people who don't really like you, then it's a good sign," she theorises.

Nash, whose debut album topped the UK chart in 2007, says she worked hard on developing a different sound for the new record because, as "an artist you have to push yourself".

"I think it's good to keep doing new things because I never want to recreate anything I've done before, because it's pointless in my book."

'Paranoid'

Ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler produced the album - picking up where he left off on Duffy's debut - and Nash says she drew on inspiration from sixties girl groups and 90s punk bands when writing.

As for the title, Nash says it relates to her grandparents, who have been married for 57 years.

"They are a really good example of love," she says.

"I have problems with what society tells us what love should be, especially as loads of young people just give up on relationships really quickly and there doesn't seem to be any work put in."

Kate Nash
Nash was inspired by sixties girls groups and punk bands

The singer, who has been dating The Cribs frontman Ryan Jarman since 2007, adds: "Love is being someone's best friend and just caring about them and nothing can interfere with that. It's just love."

Despite both singers being in the public eye, the couple are rarely seen out together.

Nash says this is because her private life is just that - private.

However, she reveals Jarman worked with her on the demo for the new album, which she says was "really nice" and he can be heard playing the violin on a hidden track.

The star uses her own life experiences as source material - current single Do Wah Doo is based on a friend who "betrayed" her as a teenager - as well as what people around her are doing.

"I think the only way to live is if you wear your heart on your sleeve, because otherwise you'll never really experience anything, as you'll be too scared to take risks and be brave," she says.

But, despite being named best female at the Brit Awards in 2008, Nash admits she is still shy and "paranoid" about her work.

'Whirlwind success'

Having taken 12 months out from the music business to hang out with her pet rabbit Fluffy and pass her driving test, Nash says she still finds fame hard to understand.

"Some people think they want to be famous and go out and be recognised all the time," she says.

"But once you've done that, then that's the decision made for the rest of your life and you might not want that in five years time.

"I would never want that to take control of my life, I just don't want to be a celebrity."

Kate Nash and The Cribs frontman Ryan Jarman
Nash and Ryan Jarman have been together since 2007

The singer insists that since being propelled into the limelight, she has remained grounded.

"I wouldn't say that fame has changed me, because I don't see myself as famous really."

But, the star concedes that, following her "whirlwind" success, she was forced to grow up quickly.

"I was a very young woman making decisions that were going to affect me for the rest of my life."

It was thanks to Lily Allen, who championed her on social networking site MySpace, that Nash quickly became a household name.

Comparisons between the two artists were drawn because of their quirky, observational lyrics.

But Nash says she is hoping to break away from that model.

"I don't really think it's relevant anymore," she says.

"Lily's done her second record and I've done mine. I think it would be a strange comparison now really."

MySpace was instrumental in Nash's success, where she would showcase her music for new fans to listen for free.

But, since becoming a professional artist, Nash now realises the importance of paying for music.

"You shouldn't download illegally because it's disrespectful when you should value the music," she says.

"I'm lucky enough to have been successful, but some people aren't, so each download could be the difference between paying the rent or not.

"I believe in the value of music and I believe in paying for it."

My Best Friend Is You is released on 19 April.



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